3rd Floor Mardigian Library
Hours during exhibitions:
Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Exhibition opening reception: Friday, May 5, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Featured Guest Speakers: Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender will speak at 6:00 p.m.
Reception is free to the public. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided. The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is located on the third floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Call (313) 593-5087 for further information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact (313) 593-5087 prior to April 21.
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.
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