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Current Exhibition

OPEN COMPETITION 2017

August 11 - October 5

Exhibition opening reception: Friday, August 11, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Competition juror Bruce B. Winslow will speak at 6:00 p.m.

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.

  • Light the End of the Wood , Teresa Lousias, photograph
  • Color Ladder No. 3, John B. Wood, cast glass
  • Sunday with Takashi , Frank Kaelin, Infrared Digital Photograph
  • The Englishman, Susan Perrish, pastel
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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 July 28.

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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