Chicago, IL, November 01, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is pleased to announce a unique collaboration between SOFA, SAMA, the Corning Museum of Glass, Smalti.com, and the Chicago Mosaic School that will provide fair goers the experience of observing the process of creating a mosaic. Led by artist Kim Wozniak, a group of international mosaicists will come together in Chicago to create the work over the course of this year’s show. Event attendees will be able to observe the art take shape, talk to the artists, learn about mosaic art, and gain an appreciation for the contemporary developments of this ancient art form. The Corning Museum of Glass, demonstrating hot glass working techniques at SOFA, will provide specially created art glass roundels for use in the mosaic during the show. Once completed, the art will be on display at various venues around the United States.
Arts educators are invited to stop by the event during SOFA and pick up free mosaic lesson plans for their classes.
SOFA CHICAGO 2011, the critically acclaimed International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair, will share Navy Pier’s Festival Hall with The Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art. SOFA CHICAGO, now in its 18th year, enjoys the prestigious position of being the largest and longest continually running art fair in Chicago, a mainstay of the city’s cultural and social calendar. The Chicago Sun-Times hails SOFA CHICAGO as “amazing,” and Bradley Lincoln of Chicago Home + Garden raves, “This is one of my favorite art shows in Chicago – I guarantee you will see some flashy, jaw dropping works of...genius.”
Mosaic, an art medium dating back at least 4000 years, has been experiencing a major resurgence around the world. Several large mosaic arts organizations have formed in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Italy, Great Britain, and Japan. Contemporary mosaic art emerges in many shapes and forms: architectural, functional and decorative, fine art, and sculptural. Artists are using traditional and non-traditional materials to impel the art to exciting new frontiers. An increasing number of Museum and Gallery exhibitions are taking place worldwide, featuring work by contemporary mosaic artists.
While at SOFA, attendees are invited to visit the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaic Art, curated by the Chicago Mosaic School. The gallery is located on the main level of the Pier.
SAMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts. More information can be found at http://www.americanmosaics.org
The Chicago Mosaic School is the first and only premier, not-for-profit Mosaic Art School in North America. More information can be found at http://www.chicagomosaicschool.com.
Smalti.com, http://www.smalti.com, is the official U.S. supplier of Perdomo Mexican Smalti on the web.
The Corning Museum of Glass, http://www.cmog.org, offers the world’s best collection of art and historical glass along with exhibitions, demonstrations, classes and a research library.