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.
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.
The juror accepts works for the competition by reviewing all submitted digital images. The accepted works are then juried in the gallery for awards.
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.
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.
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 Accepted works will remain as placed by staff and may not be withdrawn until the close of the exhibition.If accepted into the show, please consider the following:
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.
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.
World renowned artist Kyohei Fujita was born in Japan in 1921. He is known as the father of Japanese studio glass. Many of his works, including this one, were inspired by early Japanese boxes that were richly decorated with lacquerwork and mother-of-pearl inlays, and traditionally used to store Buddhist writings, jewelry, inkstones and brushes. Fujita's celebrated ornamental glass boxes revive conventional Japanese aesthetics in a contemporary form. This breathtaking piece was mold blown with gold and silver foil inclusions. Whenever asked by collectors what to keep in the boxes, the artist usually stated "You should put your dreams in them."
---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager