Located on the 3rd floor of the Mardigian Library

Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Cardiovista: Detroit Street Photography
January 16 - March 13. Reception: January 16, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cardiovista: Detroit Street Photography presents ten photo-essays by local photographers Brian Day, Carlos Diaz, Bruce Harkness, and Tom Stoye. The series, shot over the past five decades, focuses on the photographers' journeys across diverse neighborhoods, from midtown to downtown, from Hamtramck's Poletown to Southwest Detroit's Mexicantown. Each photographer captures the heartbeat of Detroit through case studies that turn a critical, multi-faceted lens on the Motor City's complex urban and cultural history, and he examines how those histories can impact, sometimes devastatingly, its communities. Their cameras allow us to bear witness to microcosmic realities otherwise unseen or overlooked.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Crossing Borders--Blurring Borders
March 27 - April 24. Reception: March 27, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is proud to present a fascinating collection of mixed media works and paintings by the Austrian artist Ursula Hübner. The exhibition will open as part of the annual Austrian Studies Association Conference with the theme Crossing Borders-Blurring Borders.

At the opening reception Hübner will present a lecture at 6:00 p.m. entitled "Bodily Obsessions: The History of Austrian Painting via Egon Schiele, Maria Lassnig, Ursula Hübner, and Other Affinities".

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Upcoming Exhibition

University of Michigan-Dearborn Open Competition 2015
June 5 - July 30. Reception: June 5, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is proud to host its annual open competition. This exhibition showcases and celebrates Michigan artists and promotes the resources of the University of Michigan-Dearborn to diverse audiences. The competition is open to all media and artistic styles.

Herb Babcock will serve as this year's juror. Herb received both his B.F.A. and his M.F.A. in Sculpture, his bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and his master's from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He also studied sculpture during a summer workshop at the Skowhegan School in Maine and glass at the Toledo Museum of Art. He is currently an independent studio artist and professor emeritus after 40 years as the Glass Department Chairman, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan.

The deadline for entry this year is April 17.

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and to download the entry form.

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About the Department and Collection

The department of Art Collections and Exhibitions preserves, displays, and interprets the artwork that has been generously donated to the university over the past 30+ years. The collection consists of artwork of all media and styles with a large portion being studio glass. The collection includes globally known artists Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Jacob Lawrence, Electra Stamelos, Vera Sattler, Howard Ben Tré, Fred Birkhill, Herb Babcock, and Dale Chihuly.

Many of the exhibitions featured in the gallery are designed to coincide with and enhance university curriculum. UM-Dearborn students and faculty have the unique opportunity to directly research and interact with the artwork in the collection. The Museum Studies program takes full advantage of the gallery, giving students the opportunity to gain professional experience curating and installing exhibitions within a working art gallery, as well as writing and publishing exhibition catalogs. Students in the Art History and Museum Studies programs also have the opportunity to participate in curatorial internships.

In total there are over 3000 pieces of artwork in the collection, most of which were donated by Alfred Berkowitz, a close friend to Joseph Marks, curator emeritus, and to the university. Berkowitz has donated more than 1500 pieces to the university, nearly half of the collection. He also donated much of his time here on campus, helping with show prep and delighting other patrons at exhibition receptions

Along with Berkowitz, who donated a majority of glass, are the generous donations of Bill Stamelos. Husband of the late artist and UM-Dearborn professor Electra Stamelos, Bill has donated many pieces from his personal collection, as well as all of his wife's remaining art. This includes many of her prized watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings.

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Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager
Art Collections and Exhibitions

Tim Ammons, Registrar and Exhibition Coordinator
Art Collections and Exhibitions
The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery
The Mardigian Library, U-M Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128