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Emerge 2018
Bullseye Glass Co.
3722 SE 21 Ave.
Portland, OR 97202
(This is the administration address. Do not ship artwork to this address.)

Entry Deadline: 2/26/18
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 2


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 7

Entry Fee (General Fee Emerge 2018): $35.00
Entry Fee (Student Fee Emerge 2018): $25.00

Emerge 2018
A Juried Kiln-Glass Exhibition for Emerging and Intermediate-level Artists
June 23 through September 30, in Portland, Oregon, USA

Emerge 2018 is the tenth juried kiln-glass exhibition for emerging artists sponsored by Bullseye Glass Company, a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture with worldwide distribution and a strong commitment to education and promotion of glass art. Hosted at Bullseye Projects in Portland's Pearl District, this biennial exhibition recognizes students and early-career artists who are rising through the ranks of kilnformed studio glass but are not yet represented by major commercial galleries.

Emerge 2018 offers $22,000 in prizes in the form of Bullseye gift cards or credit, recognition at an awards ceremony, and representation in a full-color exhibition catalog with photos, bios, and artist statements. Selected finalists will be included in Emerge/Evolve 2018, a national touring exhibition.

Students and artists who are not represented by major galleries are encouraged to apply. Makers who started working in kiln-glass more than 15 years ago (including studies in school) are not eligible to compete in Emerge 2018. Works will be judged on excellence of craftsmanship, design, and creativity, and must be made of Bullseye glasses. 

  • Benedict Heywood, Executive Director, Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Heidi Schwegler, Artist/Chair, MFA Applied Craft + Design, a collaborative program between Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Toledo Museum of Art
To be administered in the form of Bullseye Glass gift cards or credit.
  • Gold Award: $5000
  • Silver Award: $2500
  • Bronze Award: $1000
  • Crossover Award: $5000.  For artists established in another medium who started working in kiln-glass after January 1, 2016.
  • Gold Academic Award: $5000 divided between entrant and school program
  • Silver Academic Award: $2500 divided between entrant and school program
  • Bronze Academic Award: $1000 divided between entrant and school program

Entrant Qualifications
The competition is open to all emerging artists working with Bullseye glass in some kilnforming or kilncasting method. For this competition, you are an “emerging artist” if you started working in kiln-glass less than 15 years ago (including studies in school), you are in the early to intermediate stage of your career and, at the date of application, your work in glass has not been represented by a commercial gallery at a major international art or design fair (such as Sculpture, Object, Functional Art or SOFA in the USA). Exceptions: you may be eligible if your work was shown to promote a non-profit organization, or a co-op gallery, at an international art or design fair. If you are not sure you qualify as an emerging artist, please email your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé to:

An emerging artist for purposes of this competition should not have exhibited kiln-glass work in a museum, with the exception of prior touring Emerge exhibitions or within a museum or gallery affiliated with a college or university.

Bullseye employees (current full- or part-time) and artists whose work has been exhibited at any Bullseye gallery location are not eligible to enter, with the exception of prior Emerge exhibitions.

Former employees and family members of current employees are eligible.

Material Qualifications
All art glass used in submitted works must be Bullseye glass. Kilnformed glass must be the focus of each submitted work. A work in which the focus is on kilnformed elements, but  incorporates additional glass techniques, such as torchwork and roll-up, will be accepted. Mixed-media work will be accepted as long as kiln-glass is the focus of the work. Artwork must have been created since January 1, 2016. No submitted piece of artwork may weigh more than 90 pounds (41 kg). Works must be available for exhibition in Portland, Oregon, from June through October 2018, and subsequent venues until September 2019.

Classroom Work
Excluding technical exercises and instructor-led projects, we accept pieces that are made in classes or workshops, but they must be identified as such on the entry form. Include the name of the instructor and the name of the class and the institution or studio where the works were made.
Qualifications for the Crossover award
To qualify for the Crossover Award, artists established in another medium must have started working in kiln-glass after January 1, 2016.

Qualifications for the Academic awards
To qualify for the Academic Awards, the entrant must have been enrolled in an accredited, university-level (undergraduate or graduate) art program during any part of the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 academic years.

Application Fee
The application fee is US $35.00, payable by credit card. If you are/were a fulltime student at an accredited university between 2016 and 2018, you are eligible for the student fee (US $25.00). If you qualify for the student rate, enter the discount coupon code STUDENT on the CaFÉ website during checkout.

Entry Process
All entry materials must be submitted in English. (No translation from other languages is available.) All entries must be submitted through the CaFÉ website:

You may enter up to 6 images in your application, plus up to one video. These may represent from 1 to 6 separate works. For each work, 1 image of the whole work is required, with no edges cropped off. Other images may show details of the work(s). If you are submitting a set of works, include 1 image of the entire set so that jurors will consider your works as a set. Otherwise, works will be considered individually.

For instructions on how to prepare your images to CaFÉ specifications, see:

In addition to images, you must submit a short biographical profile (500 characters or less) and a short artist statement (500 characters or less). You will be asked to upload your bio and artist statement during the application process.

All entries must be submitted by 6:00 pm MST, February 23, 2018.

  • Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:00 pm: Entry deadline.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018: Finalist notification via email
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018: Exhibition open at Bullseye Projects
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018: Awards Ceremony
  • Saturday, September 30, 2018: Exhibition closes
We look forward to showcasing and celebrating the work of the finalists in 2018 and 2019!