LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2012) — Mosaic art, one of the world’s oldest art forms, is experiencing a major revival both in the United States and internationally. Fine artists are discovering the unrivaled and compelling magnificence of the art form and material in achieving their artistic vision. The Society of American Mosaic Artists proudly presents “Mosaic Arts International” (MAI), a juried exhibition that explores the very best work of this revival. The show premiered on March 3, 2012, and remains on view to the public through April 27, 2012, at Lexington Center Museum and Gallery in Lexington.“This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view outstanding examples of mosaic art from around the world in one venue, to allow the audience to experience the exciting ways that artists are utilizing this ancient art form with a modern and contemporary approach,” said Shug Jones, President of the SAMA Board of Trustees. “These artists are using both traditional and non-traditional materials to really propel the art form to a degree unseen in recent history.”
Ms. Jones adds, “We invite the public to attend. This show is impressive in every respect. We are very excited to introduce Lexington’s enthusiastic arts community to such well-known mosaicists from around the world. It’s a wonderful opportunity to offer an intimate look at a very textural art form that really must be seen in person to experience the full resonance of its’ beauty and depth of meaning.”
The esteemed panel of jurors for this year’s exhibition included Josh Blanc, President, Handmade Tile Association of Minneapolis, MN; Amy Gundrum Greene, Curator, Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY; and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Professor of Art, Alumni Endowed Professor, Fiber, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
MAI features the work of 56 mosaic artists from 24 different states in the US, as well as from Turkey, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa and Israel. A vast array of material such as smalti, glass, ceramic, and metal are featured within the works of these artists. Art collectors are beginning to gain a true appreciation of the richness of the art form and the texture that plays such an important factor in the work. SAMA artists create 2D, 3D, sculptural and architectural works, from micro-mosaics using tesserae (literally pieces) the size of the head of a pin to colossal architectural installations, creating art that is both compelling and enduring. MAI is a highly competitive annual exhibition that unites innovative design and masterful technique as explored by some of the best international artists working in the medium.
The Lexington Center and Museum is located in the Lexington Center Complex which also houses the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena. Mosaic Arts International will be the first fine art exhibition featured in this gallery.
Hours of Operation
Thursdays 11:00am – 5:00pm
Fridays 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturdays 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
$7.00 – General Public
$5.00 – Seniors/Students/Groups
Under 5 are Free
Local contact: Terri Pulley, Gallery Manager, Society of American Mosaics Board of Trustees and Conference
chair: (859)498-6818; Cell: (859) 317-0459; email@example.com, Gallery: (859)4881510, Thurs.-Sun.