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Open Competition 2015

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.



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Juror

Herb Babcock will serve as this years 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. Find out more about Herb at his website: www.herbbabcock.com

Jurying Process

The juror accepts works for the competition by reviewing all submitted digital images. The accepted works are then juried in the gallery for awards.

Eligibility

Artists 18 years of age or older, living or working in Michigan. Works completed in the last two years will be considered. Two- and three-dimensional works are eligible. The gallery cannot accommodate performance, installation, or electronic media works. Works previously shown at UM-Dearborn will not be considered.

Entry Procedure

Submissions are only accepted by digital images on a CD (compact disc). NOTE: CDs will not be returned. Submit digital images in jpg format. Size and resolution: 1800 pixels for the largest dimension; 300 dpi. Submit digital images in the orientation in which the artwork will be hung. Please submit CD with files labeled: Last name_First name_A and Last name_First name_B

Entry Fee (non-refundable)
An entry fee of $35 per artist permits submission of two entries. Checks should be made payable to "University of Michigan-Dearborn." Complete entry form and mail with CD and entry fee to:

Entries postmarked after April 17, 2015 will be returned unopened.

Agreement

Submission of work(s) to the juror constitutes compliance with all the conditions stated herein. The juror's decision is final. Accepted works will remain as placed by staff and may not be withdrawn until the close of the exhibition.

If accepted into the show, please consider the following:

Liability

Works will be handled in a professional manner. The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery/UM-Dearborn will be responsible for works in our keeping through the entry processing and exhibition period (May 15 - Aug 1, 2015.) Works left after August 1 are at the artist's risk.

Publication

UM-Dearborn reserves the right to photograph and reproduce all entries accepted into the exhibition. Such reproductions will be used for promotional and educational purposes only.

Presentation Requirements

Accepted entries must be ready for presentation. Glass or Plexiglas should be used when appropriate. Hanging hardware, include wire, must be installed on all 2d artwork. Special installation needs should be discussed with the curator, Laura Cotton at 313-593-5087.

Delivery

All works must be delivered to the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, located on the 3rd floor of the Mardigian Library, for the final review and jurying for awards by May 16, 2015. Hand delivered works will be received Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Directions and maps will be mailed to accepted artists.

Sales

The programs of the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan-Dearborn are educational in nature. Exhibited artworks may be for sale. The gallery will refer purchase inquiries to the artists or their agents. The UM-Dearborn does not take a percentage of sales but welcomes tax deductible donations in support of its programs.

Featured University Art Collection Piece

Featured collection glass artwork

Untitled, František Vizner (1936 - 2011), cast glass, n.d.
Gift of Robert Loeffler

This stunning, untitled, cast glass piece from the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s permanent art collection was created by František Vizner (1936 - 2011). Vizner, a world renowned, major Czech glass artist, was trained at the famous glassmaking schools in Nový Bor and Železný Brod before completing his studies at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. This work is a beautiful illustration of the artist’s passion for creating harmonious, geometric objects instilled with internal tension. His luminous art demonstrates elegance, simplicity, remarkable craftwork, and a deep admiration for the material. Vizner created his works on his own, without assistants, through a lengthy process of casting, sandblasting, acid-etching, and hand-polishing.

Vizner’s work is represented in public and private collections around the world including the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. This piece was generously donated to UM-Dearborn by Robert Loeffler.

---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager

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