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Open Competition 2017

August 11 - October 5

Entries Due by June 5

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.

Juror: Bruce B. Winslow

Bruce B. Winslow earned a Master of Fine Arts (1988) from Pratt Institute in New York City in painting and art history and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1980) from Central Michigan University in painting.  He is recently retired as the Director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts after 29 years.  Bruce has extensively curated and juried many exhibitions over the decades.  He continues painting large scale abstract works and is a prolific singer/songwriter.  Bruce exhibits his work across the Great Lakes states.

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 $40 per artist permits submission of two entries. Students over the age of 18 pay an entry fee of $20. Checks should be made payable to "University of Michigan-Dearborn." Complete entry form and mail with CD and entry fee to:

Entries postmarked after June 5, 2017 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 Accepted works will remain as placed by staff and may not be withdrawn until the close of the exhibition.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 (July 21 - October 7.) Works left after October 7th 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.

In the News

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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