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Open Competition 2017

August 11 - October 5

Entries Due by June 5

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.

Juror: Bruce B. Winslow

Bruce B. Winslow earned a Master of Fine Arts (1988) from Pratt Institute in New York City in painting and art history and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1980) from Central Michigan University in painting.  He is recently retired as the Director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts after 29 years.  Bruce has extensively curated and juried many exhibitions over the decades.  He continues painting large scale abstract works and is a prolific singer/songwriter.  Bruce exhibits his work across the Great Lakes states.

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. Students over the age of 18 pay an entry fee of $20. Checks should be made payable to "University of Michigan-Dearborn." Complete entry form and mail with CD and entry fee to:

Entries postmarked after June 5, 2017 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 Accepted works will remain as placed by staff and may not be withdrawn until the close of the exhibition.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 (July 21 - October 7.) Works left after October 7th 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.

In the News

Featured University Art Collection Piece

Featured collection glass artwork

Taketori Tale, Kyohei Fujita (b. 1921), n.d., Mold blown glass with gold and silver foil inclusions
Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams, Collection of UM-Dearborn (Adp39), Photograph by Kip Kriigel


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

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