Announcing Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass!
Bullseye Glass Co.'s biennial juried competition for emerging artists, called Emerge, is expanding its focus to identify the best of contemporary kiln-glass design, architecture, and art. Under a new name, Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass, the competition is open to artists and designers of all levels, and select finalists will be included in an exhibition hosted by Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, in 2022.
For the last twenty years, Bullseye Glass Co.'s Emerge has highlighted and awarded rising talent in the field of kiln-glass. Through ten competitions, over 380 emerging artists have been showcased in exhibitions and accompanying catalogs. Seventy artists and six academic programs have been supported with awards worth over $70,000. Beginning in 2012, these award-winning artists were also included in touring exhibitions hosted by Bellevue Arts Museum, Chrysler Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Pittsburgh Glass Center.
When Emerge (originally called WG@BE) was developed, kilnforming was a relatively nascent method of glassmaking and the competition was a way to highlight and encourage artists to explore kiln-glass. The transformation of Emerge into Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass reflects the vibrant community of kiln-glass artists that has arisen since Emerge was first introduced.
Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass continues Bullseye's commitment to academic programs and emerging artists by reserving award categories for those in university programs and those who are just beginning to work in the field. In addition to a number of award categories that are open to artists and designers of all levels and processes, two aspects of the kiln-glass landscape will be specifically honored: Design and Architectural Glass will be given their own award categories, recognizing the remarkable level of work being done in these areas.
Tg refers to the glass transition temperature at which the material shifts between a solid state and a pliable state. It embodies the spirit of kiln-glass and signifies the evolution of both the medium and the international community of artists and makers who continue to explore its capabilities.
May 10, 2021 - Call for entry opens via Submittable
July 26, 2021 - Submissions due
- All glass in submitted entries must be Bullseye glass.
- Kilnformed glass must be the focus of submitted work (other materials may be incorporated in the work as long as kiln-glass remains the focus).
- Entries must have been created since January 1, 2019.
- Submitted work must weigh no more than 90 pounds (41 kg). Exceptions will be made for architectural glass submissions in which the project itself cannot be exhibited (in this case, samples, architectural drawings, models, etc. will be the exhibited materials).
Artist, curator, and educator; Co-Director of High Desert Observatory; Partner at Yucca Valley Material Lab; Curatorial Consultant at Bullseye Projects.
Artist, designer, and educator; Head of Glass at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Founder of Glass Education Exchange (GEEX).
Namita Gupta Wiggers
Artist, curator, educator, and writer; Founding Director of the MA in Critical Craft Studies at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina; Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum.
Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass offers $25,000 in prizes in the form of Bullseye gift cards or credit, and representation in a full-color exhibition catalog. Select finalists will be included in an exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, opening in January 2022. The jurors will determine the recipients of the following awards. All finalists are eligible for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.
Silver Award | $2500 gift card
Bronze Award | $1000 gift card
Architectural Award | 1st place: $3000 gift card | 2nd place: $1500 gift card
Awarded for a completed or approved proposal for an architectural project using kiln-glass. Prize divided between artist and fabrication studio.
Design Award | 1st place: $3000 gift card | 2nd place: $1500 gift card
Awarded for the creation of a functional or wearable object.
Prize divided between artist and fabrication studio.
Academic Award | 1st place: $3000 gift card | 2nd place: $1500 gift card
Awarded to a current student. Prize divided between artist and school program.
Emerging Artist Award | 1st place: $2000 gift card | 2nd place: $1000 gift card
Awarded to an artist who has worked in glass for less than four years.
Source: Bullseye Projects