Time to get your tuchus into the studio and your best work to the photographer. The Orsoni Prize Deadline is July 31st.
Most exciting: There are no size or weight limitations for entries to the Orsoni Prize 2011.
This welcome change will open up the competition to additional, exciting segments of the mosaic community; those who make large scale and architectural mosaics. Once again, the entries will be judged by Maestro Lucio Orsoni, award-winning artist and great grandson of the founder of Orsoni Veneziani and Pino Bisazza, the founder and president of Trend Group.
All five winners will be represented in the Orsoni Master Mosaic Studio in Venice via quality, framed posters and will be showcased on the Orsoni website.
Timing: The application process opens March 31, 2011 with a deadline of July 31, 2011. Winners will be announced September 23, 2011.
- Grand Prize: 1,000 Euro, transportation to Venice, a one week Master in Mosaics course, and 6 nights at the incomparable Domus Orsoni.
- Finalist: 3 kilos (6.6 pounds) of mixed Orsoni gold mosaic
- Honorable Mention (3): 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of mixed Orsoni gold mosaic
- Entries may be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional
- 75% of the materials used in any work must be made by Orsoni
Applications and more information:
- Juried Art Services (JAS) here
MOSAIC ART NOW 2011
The 60 Page Full Color Magazine
featuring the Exhibition In Print 2011 sponsored by LATICRETE
YEARBOOK 6 2010
The 2 CD ROM Set
with inspiring images of 1028 mosaics by 588 artists from around the world
Mosaic Art NOW 2011
Now in its fourth printing, Mosaic Art NOW continues its tradition of promoting the international understanding and appreciation of contemporary art by showcasing some of the most exciting artists working in the medium today.
Featuring the Exhibition in Print: A special 36 page section curated by renowned gallerist Bernice Steinbaum of the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, noted mosaic artist and author Emma Biggs and artist, critic and commentator for the BBC Matthew Collings.
Selected from a field of over 150 submissions from around the world, 8 artists are represented by three of their works shown in full and detail photographs PLUS revealing Artists Statements and in-depth work descriptions. This is a world-class contemporary mosaic exhibition.
EIP 2011 Artists: Luca Barberini (Italy) Best in Show Artist for Bernice Steinbaum, Jo Braun (USA) Best in Show Artist for Biggs and Collings, Lilian Broca (Canada), CaCO3 (Italy), Lynne Chinn (USA), Cynthia Fisher (USA), Mona Magdi Kenawy (Egypt) and Ilana Shafir (Israel)
ALSO stories about great new work from Gary Drostle, Lynn Moor, Jacqueline Iskander and Rachel Sager plus tributes to Mosaic Art NOW and Mosaic Rocks! founder Bill Buckingham.
Cover Art Kelyphos no. 1 by CaCO3
plus shipping. Supplies are limited.
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Mosaic Yearbook 6 for 2010
The possibilities for contemporary mosaics are limitless. See for yourself in this CD ROM set of two discs showcasing 1028 full-size photographs of mosaics by 588 artists from around the world.
It’s an inspiration, an education and a celebration of the creativity of contemporary mosaic art!
- PC and Macintosh compatible
- Realistic 3D page-flipping creates a natural, intuitive viewing experience
- Table of Contents and Index help you locate specific artists
- Bookmarking makes it easy to return to mosaics you like
Cover Art Breaker Boy by Mary Cottingham
Mosaic Art 6 – 2 Discs
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We sincerely hope you will enjoy these two publications – the amazing Bill Buckingham’s legacy to us all. The kind words, encouragement and assistance of the mosaic community have been inspirational for us in completing the magazine and yearbook. You have our sincere thanks.
Michael Welch, Publisher & Nancie Mills Pipgras, Editor
Gibbons manipulates her tiles by sketching directly onto the surface, pushing up from the bottom of the slab and pressing down from the top while the clay is leather hard.
The high relief and ornate detailing create intricate patterns, dimension and whorls of energy.
“Red Pods” and “Spiral Tree Branch” continue the exploration with organic forms. Both 12” square tiles are finished in acrylic washes and sealed with paste wax. Gibbons works directly on the tile surface, the process is immediate and spontaneous. Her post-fired finishes are a rich palette of verdant hues. They are the colors of lush forests and ripe red berries.
Gibbons had an artistic epiphany sixteen years ago. “I discovered clay in 1995, and when I did everything else took a step back. I had found more than just a medium, I found my MUSE.”
The box tile Crow Triptych, entitled “The Journey,” is a stream of consciousness with unintelligible language scrawled in the background. The crow carries an incomplete fortune; “You will enjoy many successful…” leaving the viewer to insert their relevant desire.
Gibbons took to the street to create her “Urban” tile series. Rolling slabs on city streets, she memorialized the debris of sidewalks: manhole covers, cracks, and asphalt joints. The 5” square fired slabs were washed with black acrylic, which was then scrubbed off to reveal the white clay body. The gritty abstractions that remain are a tactile memory of every street Gibbons has traversed.
Growing up on Long Island, Gibbons balances urban reality with the beaches and more natural environment of her childhood. Both co-exist and inspire work that is derived from the freedom to explore.
For more information:
Additional “Tileista” articles on MAN can be found here.
We shall cut to the proverbial “chase.”
The Lod Mosaic on exhibit at the Legion of Honor this coming Saturday, April 23rd through July 24th really is “all that” . . .
and much . . .
. . . much more.
It is glorious. It is astonishing. It is humbling. It is a master work.
How do we know? Because we’ve spent almost an hour – virtually alone – with it.
It was the opportunity of a lifetime and totally unplanned. Mosaic maker and scholar Lillian Sizemore had invited us to go to the docent orientation being given by Dr. Renee Dreyfus, Curator in Charge, Ancient Art and Interpretation at the Legion yesterday. Happily, we ran into contemporary mosaic artist Kate Kerrigan in the audience.
We all gasped when Dr. Dreyfus introduced Jacques Negeur and Ghaleb Abu-Diab, the two experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority responsible for the excavation and conservation of the mosaic.
A few self-introductions, shuffling of business cards, gift of a Mosaic Art NOW 2011 and voila, the five of us were in the still-not-open-to-the-public exhibit rooms. It was intoxicating. Tears were shed. And then there was the incredible opportunity to ask Negeur and Abu-Diab questions one-on-one standing right beside the mosaic.
We were surrounded by rock stars and, most wonderful, had the opportunity to thank them for their work. We are hugely grateful for the generosity of their time, expertise, and good humor.
We have been asked by officials at the Legion to wait until the official Press Preview this coming Thursday to publish our photos of the mosaic and our experience. We will be good, but it is not easy.
Stay tuned and, by all means, mark your calendars for the events below. We’re musing on what a MAN event might look like . . .
Exhibit runs April 23 – July 24, Legion of Honor San Francisco
Opening Day Lecture by Lillian Sizemore April 23 – 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Florence Gould Theater
Artist Demonstrations by Lillian Sizemore, April 23, May 14, June 12, July 9 - Noon in the Walter and Phyliss Shorenstein Court
Mosaics, a Lost Art—Rediscovered! May 22 1:00 pm Florence Gould Theater followed by a demonstration at 2:30 pm in Gallery 12. Mosaic artist Vanessa Somers will lecture on the art of creating a mosaic and will demonstrate the cutting tesserae from marble with traditional tools and assembling them into a picture.
The Lod Mosaic and Its Menagerie: Roman Influence in Local Mosaic Art, April 27 at 7 pm in the Florence Gould Theater. Miriam Avissar, a senior archaeologist with the IAA and the original excavator of the Lod Mosaic is the guest speaker.
The Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel – Insights and Interpretations on June 25 at 2 pm, Metropolitan Museum of Art curator of Greek and Roman art, Christopher Lightfoot, will give the FAMSF Ancient Art Lecture.
Previous MAN Posts on the Lod Mosaic:
Roman Rock Star Begins US Tour
The Lod Mosaic at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
“We feel the continuity of generations here”: 1700 year old footprints of Roman mosaic artisans found
Lod Mosaic Uncovered
Enjoy –– Nancie