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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 Accepted works will remain as placed by staff and may not be withdrawn until the close of the exhibition.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

Soft Cylinder, Dale Chihuly (b. 1941), blown glass, 1984.
Gift of Edward C. and Mary Ellen Wall, Collection of UM-Dearborn (2009.024),
Photograph by Kip Kriigel


Highly esteemed American glass artist Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) is widely acknowledged for his role in promoting the recognition of studio glass as a fine art form. With this work, Chihuly returned to his “pick-up drawing” technique used previously in his Basket series. This time, Chihuly and his team used shard drawings to obtain more colorful compositions and intricate design patterns. The process begins with blowing a bubble and breaking it into shards. Glass threads are fused to the shard pieces with a torch in designs reflecting Navajo Blanket patterns. The detailed shard piece is then surrounded by additional glass threads and laid out on a steel table called a marver. A molten glass form on a blowpipe is then rolled over the shards and threads fusing the pieces together to form the end result, a Soft Cylinder.

---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager

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