Best in Show: "Trialogue," Yulia Tkatchouk, Chicago, IL


The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is pleased to announce the opening of Mosaic Arts International 2008, the organization's seventh annual juried mosaic exhibition. Opening at the Bakehouse Art Complex on April 3 and continuing through April 30th, the exhibit features 64 pieces selected from 372 entries by artists from six countries. Each year, SAMA invites internationally recognized jurors to select works submitted by its members, showcasing the best in contemporary mosaics. Categories include Two-Dimensional, Three-Dimensional and Architectural Mosaics.
2008 Juried Arts International Winners:
  • Best in Show: Yulia Tkatchouk, Chicago, IL "Trialogue"
  • Best 2-D: Matteo Randi, Arlington, VA "Acqua"
  • Best 3-D: Drucilla Perez-Tubens, Cleburne, TX "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"
  • Best Architectural: Gary Drostle, London, UK: "De Luci Fish Sculpture"
2008 jurors are Val Carroll, professor of mosaics and accomplished mosaic artist from Miami; Sheila Menzies, co-founder of the Tile Heritage Foundation, mixed-media artist and expert in historic tile installations; and Luciana Notturni, of Ravenna, Italy, founder of Ravenna's Mosaic Art School, master mosaicist and mosaic conservator.

"This exhibition showcases the incredible diversity of artists working in traditional and contemporary materials," says Karen Ami, SAMA president. "Our members continue to push the envelope with textures, colors and forms, conveying the mastery that is rising in our international community of mosaic artists. This exhibition will inspire gallery-goers as they discover the tactile innovation of contemporary mosaic art," Ami adds.

The Bakehouse Art Complex is located at 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL. For hours and directions, see www.bakehouseartcomplex.org or call 305-576-2828. SAMA members will convene in Miami, April 2-5 for the 2008 American Mosaic Summit that includes workshops and presentations by mosaic and design industry professionals, networking and a vendor show.

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion of mosaic art and the advancement of mosaic artists through research, education, and networking. A vibrant and growing organization, SAMA includes over 900 mosaic artists, enthusiasts, suppliers, and educators from around the world. To learn more about contemporary mosaic art and SAMA, visit www.americanmosaics.org.