Tacoma Museum of Glass Mosaic Opens Arts International Exhibition

The Society of American Mosaic Artists’ (SAMA) annual juried exhibition, Mosaic Arts International, is on view at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, January 26-May 5, 2013. The show features the carefully selected work of 46 artists from seven countries and significantly is the first exhibition devoted to mosaic art ever curated by the Museum of Glass. The museum is noted for its distinctive architecture, and collection of 20th and 21st century glass art along with changing exhibitions. A spectacular pedestrian walkway features three installations of colorful glass created by Tacoma’s native son, Dale Chihuly.

Tacoma Museum of Glass © Chuck Lysen

The exhibition offers a rare and enriching opportunity to experience, in person, the unique texture and diversity of the best of contemporary mosaic art, an art form that is so rich and compelling that it is often difficult to capture the full essence in a photograph. Artists continue to push the envelope through the use of both traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques.

Judges for the show were: Jordan Howland, Seattle, Washington, USA, where she manages Public Art projects for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Department of Transportation, and Department of Executive Services; Pamela Irving, Melbourne, Australia, Vice President of the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand, an internationally recognized artist whose career has produced a broad spectrum of work in sculpture, ceramics, painting and mosaics; and Matteo Randi, Chicago, Illinois, USA, born in Ravenna, Italy, a widely exhibited and award winning mosaicist who received his training at the Istituto d’Arte and the National School for the Conservation of Mosaics, and who currently serves as Educational Director of the Chicago Mosaic School.

Awards were given in several categories for notable work in the exhibition:

Best in Show: Gary Drostle for “Entwined Histories”
Innovation in Mosaics: Erin Pankratz-Smith for “Penance”
Juror’s Choice; Jordan Howland: Lynne Chinn for “Arabesque”
Juror’s Choice; Pamela Irving: Jim Bachor for “Fresh Meat Series”
Juror’s Choice; Matteo Randi: Brooks Tower for “via”

The Society of American Mosaic Artists, a non-profit organization of over 1,200 members, is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts. SAMA is the largest mosaic art organization in the world, including mosaic artists, collectors, materials suppliers, and art educators. More information about SAMA can be found at www.americanmosaics.org.

More information about the Tacoma Museum of Glass can be found at www.museumofglass.org

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