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Stamelos Gallery Center
Electra and Bill:
Honoring an Immeasurable Contribution
September 12 - November 21

Past Exhibit

Michigan Watercolor Society

72nd Annual Award Recipients Exhibition

October 10 - November 27

About the Exhibition

Leaf Vase, William Glasner, American b. 1947, blown and sandblasted glass, 1982, Gift of Vera Sattler

The Michigan Watercolor Society was founded in 1946 by an enthusiastic group of young artists who envisioned an organization to promote the awareness of watercolor in Michigan. Their aim was to further watercolor education, maintain high standards artistically, while based on the premise of integrity and professionalism, and to be a forum open to all points of view.

A committee of working artists met for months, often lasting late into the evening, to form the policies and a constitution to present to a group of exhibiting painters in our state. Their emphasis on self-discovery and personal content, rather than technique alone, produced the painters who kept the MWCS alive.

The mission of the MWCS is to promote a stronger awareness and interest in watercolor; the advancement of the watercolor media as an art form, through presentation, workshops, juried shows and artist networking; to maintain high standards; and to further education in the contemporary arts.

This exhibition features the thirty award winning watercolor paintings from the Michigan Watercolor Society’s 72nd Annual Exhibition. Juror, Chris Krupinski, made exhibition choices based on a variety of considerations. He chose pieces with a broad selection of subject matter, genre and approach, as well as successful composition and design elements, and those that convey strong personal expressions of one kind or another.

The Berkowitz gallery is pleased to share these remarkable watercolor paintings with the UM Dearborn campus and greater community!

Hyperboloid, Harvey K. Littleton, American (1922-2013), blown glass, 1980, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burnstein
Vessel, Mattheis Klering, German, flameworked glass, 1980s, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken



Exhibition Events

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Event is free to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres provided.

Tetev, Czeslaw Zuber, Polish b. 1948, glass block, cut, enameled and etched, 1986, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken
Stone Vessel, Curtiss R. Brock, American b.1961, acid-etched glass, ca. 1984, Gift of the Artist in Memory of Frank Scanlon

The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is located on the third floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For further information, see below for contact information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact (313)-593-5087.

Featured University Art Collection Piece

Featured collection glass artwork

Prisoner of Continuity, Scott Chaseling (b. 1962), blown, fused glass, n.d.
Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams, Collection of UM-Dearborn (2014.1.8),
Photograph by Kip Kriigel

Australian glass artist Scott Chaseling (b. 1962) attended the Australian National University's Canberra School of Art in 1995. In a collaborative project with fellow glass artist Klaus Moje, the two artists invented the Australian Roll-Up technique. Their process is quite similar to the traditional Venetian murrini cane pick-up method with one major difference. Chaseling and Moje's concept involves picking up pre-fused panels of glass. This innovative approach allows artists to create carefully controlled designs that are not possible with traditional glassblowing methods. The pre-fused sheets of glass allow varying interior and exterior imagery, precise color placement, and full cross-sections of color, all seen in the skillful craftsmanship of this piece. After picking up the pre-fused panels on a punty, a glass blowing pipe, the final steps to the Australian Roll-Up technique consist of blowing, rolling and manipulating the glass form into a finished standing vessel shape.

---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager

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