Located on the 3rd floor of the Mardigian Library

Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during exhibitions

Watercolor painting from Electra Stamelos

A True Impact: Celebrating the Stamelos Legacy
September 18 - January 15, 2016. Reception: September 18, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This exhibition honors the significant contributions to the university by William and Electra Stamelos over the last thirty-five years. Electra Stamelos (1927-2008) was a beloved UM-Dearborn art lecturer from 1980 to 1994 and an accomplished artist. She also held the position of Director of Art Acquisitions and Exhibitions for UM-Dearborn for many years and taught on the Ann Arbor campus. Bill has been a devoted university donor and gallery volunteer for many years, which included acting as honorary curator for a period of time, and he continues to be a generous donor to the department. Electra and Bill contributed greatly to the university's art collection for decades including donating the majority of Electra's body of work and many other art pieces that they collected throughout their years together.

During their life together, Bill and Electra gathered an impressive collection of artworks, mostly by Electra's favorite art teachers and their artist friends. This exhibition displays a large majority of Electra's artwork owned by UM-Dearborn, along with select works by other artists that were donated by the pair. When Electra passed, Bill felt it important to keep as much of her body of work together as possible and to give it a home at the university that had been so significant in her life. It is a pleasure to share these treasured works with the campus and greater community.

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University of Michigan-Dearborn Open Competition 2015
June 5 - July 30. Reception: June 5, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 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.

Herb Babcock will serve as this year's juror. Herb received both his B.F.A. and his M.F.A. in Sculpture, his bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and his master's from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He also studied sculpture during a summer workshop at the Skowhegan School in Maine and glass at the Toledo Museum of Art. He is currently an independent studio artist and professor emeritus after 40 years as the Glass Department Chairman, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan.

The deadline for entry this year is April 17.

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Crossing Borders--Blurring Borders
March 27 - April 24. Reception: March 27, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is proud to present a fascinating collection of mixed media works and paintings by the Austrian artist Ursula Hübner. The exhibition will open as part of the annual Austrian Studies Association Conference with the theme Crossing Borders-Blurring Borders.

At the opening reception Hübner will present a lecture at 6:00 p.m. entitled "Bodily Obsessions: The History of Austrian Painting via Egon Schiele, Maria Lassnig, Ursula Hübner, and Other Affinities".

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Cardiovista: Detroit Street Photography
January 16 - March 13. Reception: January 16, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cardiovista: Detroit Street Photography presents ten photo-essays by local photographers Brian Day, Carlos Diaz, Bruce Harkness, and Tom Stoye. The series, shot over the past five decades, focuses on the photographers' journeys across diverse neighborhoods, from midtown to downtown, from Hamtramck's Poletown to Southwest Detroit's Mexicantown. Each photographer captures the heartbeat of Detroit through case studies that turn a critical, multi-faceted lens on the Motor City's complex urban and cultural history, and he examines how those histories can impact, sometimes devastatingly, its communities. Their cameras allow us to bear witness to microcosmic realities otherwise unseen or overlooked.

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by Harvey Littleton

About the Department and Collection

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Art Collections and Exhibitions preserves, displays, and interprets a treasured art collection that has been acquired by the university over the past four decades. The collection consists of 20th and 21st century artwork of all media and styles with a large portion being studio glass. Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Jacob Lawrence, Electra Stamelos, Vera Sattler, Howard Ben Tré, Fred Birkhill, Herb Babcock, and Dale Chihuly are just a few of the globally known artists represented.

The university owns more than 3000 pieces of artwork, many of which were donated by Alfred Berkowitz and Bill and Electra Stamelos, close friends of UM-Dearborn and curator emeritus Joseph Marks. The many prized watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings by late artist and former art professor Electra Stamelos are a collection highlight. Generous glass donations from William and Nancy Culp and Richard and Louise Abrahams have been notable recent additions.

The Art Collections and Exhibitions Department enhances the academic and educational experiences of students, faculty, staff and the general public by displaying this remarkable collection throughout campus, loaning it to other institutions, making it accessible for research, and curating and managing a thriving exhibition program in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery. Exhibitions featured in the art gallery, located on campus in the Mardigian Library, utilize artworks from the permanent collection and on loan from other institutions, as well as current work from renowned regional and national artists.

Many gallery exhibitions are designed to complement and augment university curriculum. UM-Dearborn students and faculty have the unique opportunity to directly research and interact with the artwork in the collection. In addition, the gallery allows museum studies students the opportunity to gain professional experience curating and installing exhibitions within a working art gallery, as well as writing and publishing exhibition catalogs. The department also offers internships for students interested in curation and collections management.

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Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager
Art Collections and Exhibitions

Tim Ammons, Registrar and Exhibition Coordinator
Art Collections and Exhibitions
The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery
The Mardigian Library, U-M Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128