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.
Frederick Birkhill will serve as this year's juror. Frederick Birkhill is an independent studio artist internationally renowned for his work in glass. His present focus is in another medium: egg tempera painting. www.frederickbirkhillstudio.com
Mr. Birkhill was raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He then went on to study at Eastern Michigan University (B.S.), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (B.F.A.), The Burleighfield House (England) with Patrick Reyntiens and Ludwig Schaffrath, The College for Creative Studies with Herb Babcock, Independent Study with Kurt Wallstab (Germany), The Corning Museum of Glass (Juried workshop with William Gudenrath), and with numerous other artists in Europe and the United States. Mr. Birkhill’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections around the world. The University of Michigan-Dearborn has the most extensive collection of his work in glass.
The juror accepts works for the competition by reviewing all submitted digital images. The accepted works are then juried in the gallery for awards.
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.
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 $40 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 May 12, 2016 will be returned unopened.
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 Accepted works will remain as placed by staff and may not be withdrawn until the close of the exhibition.If accepted into the show, please consider the following:
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 (June 17 - Aug 27, 2015.) Works left after August 27 are at the artist's risk.
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.
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