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Emerge 2016 Winners Announced

Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, Oregon, has named the winners in Emerge 2016, the company's ninth biennial juried competition for emerging artists in kilnformed glass. The awards were announced June 25 during an award ceremony at the Bullseye Projects gallery in Portland.

Selected from 370 entries, the 42 finalists—representing 16 countries—were evaluated on their creativity, craftsmanship, and design by a panel of three jurors.

Emerge 2016 Winners

Gold Award
Helen Lee: KowTow

Silver Award
Marzena Krzeminska-Baluch: Landscape

Bronze Award
Alison Lowry: Symphony of Blue

Crossover Award
For an entrant who first began working (or taking classes) in kilnformed glass since January 1, 2014.
Ashraf Hanna: Amber red vessel form

Gold Academic
Kate Clements (Temple University): Stain

Silver Academic
Jeffrey Stenbom (Tulane University): To Those Who Have

Bronze Academic
Nick Doran Adams (Australian National University): Collector Bowl–Rupee, SoDaft #2, Pac-Man Glitch.

Honorable mentions
Kim Brill: Plaza Blanca, New Mexico: Investigations
Ligia Bouton: Green Wallpaper 1: Inhale/Exhale
Cheryl Wilson-Smith: Promises and Lies: Keeping Score

A gallery of the winners' and finalists' artwork is available at bullseyeglass.com/emerge. An exhibit catalog is also forthcoming.

Emerge 2016 jurors

  • Stefano Catalani, curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Kim Harty, artist, educator, and writer
  • Sue Taylor, contributing editor to Art in America and professor of art history at Portland State University

Evolve 2016

To acknowledge the fact that an artist’s career is never a before-and-after snapshot, Bullseye Projects has again created a companion exhibit that celebrates former Emerge finalists who have continued to create works that expand the medium. Evolve 2016 features Rei Chikaoka (Emerge 2010 and 2014), Matthew Day Perez (Emerge 2008 and 2010), and Carmen Vetter (Emerge 2006 and 2008).

Traveling exhibitions

Both Emerge 2016 and Evolve 2016 exhibitions will be on view in Portland from June 25 – October 1, 2016. Selected works from both will then travel to Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington state.

For more information, contact Bullseye Gallery Curator Michael Endo at 503.227.0222 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .