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Open Competition 2016

July 8 - August 25

Entries Due by May 12

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.

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Juror

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.

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. 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.

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 (June 17 - Aug 27, 2015.) Works left after August 27 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.

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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