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Graduate-Student Art Competition Focuses on Gender

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender celebrates its 20th anniversary with a juried art competition that challenges artists to “re-image gender.”

The winning artist will receive $1000, with the work finding a permanent home at the Lane Hall Gallery on the U-M campus. Three honorable mentions will each be awarded $300.

The competition is open to all graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the State of Michigan, as well as graduate students at CIC colleges and universities (Big 10, plus the University of Chicago).

We seek works on paper and other flat canvases that develop the following theme: Our understandings of gender have shifted dramatically in recent decades. No longer is gender a matter of an immutable binary, or a set of predetermined preferences and predilections. “Re-imaging Gender”—the first exhibition of its kind—both celebrates and interrogates the visual aspects of the re-imaging of gender.

The distinguished jury includes: Prof. Matthew Biro, chair, U-M History of Art Department; John Gutoskey, artist, designer, and recent U-M MFA; Amanda Krugliak, artist and curator, U-M Institute for the Humanities Gallery; Mark Nielsen (jury chair), director of exhibitions, UM Stamps School of Art & Design Slusser and Work galleries; and Greg Tom, gallery programs director, Art Department, Eastern Michigan University.

Selected works will be displayed at the Lane Hall Gallery, a space shared by IRWG and the U-M Department of Women’s Studies, for a six-month period, beginning Thursday, January 15, 2015, ending Friday, June 26, 2015. Submission deadline: October 1, 2014.


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About IRWG: The Institute for Research on Women and Gender was established in 1995 to stimulate, coordinate, and support research and other creative activities by U-M faculty members and graduate students who use the lens of women, gender, and sexuality to further their work. IRWG offers direct funding, extramural guidance, and special events, with an emphasis on innovative, interdisciplinary projects where intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and nation are central to the analysis.

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