We are honored to present Becoming Whole: In Pieces, a group exhibition featuring members from The Minnesota Mosaic Guild.
On view July 15 – August 22, the exhibition will feature a wide variety of works created by members of the Minnesota Mosaic Guild.
Join us for a Public Reception on July 17th from 5 – 7:30.
What is the Mosaic Art Form/Craft and What is the Guild?
Merriam Webster defines MOSAIC as the process of making a surface decoration by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns. The mosaic art form has been present since the 15th century. Mosaic works are found in important historical and religious buildings in countries around the world. Modern mosaic art ranges anywhere from the study of the ancient ways to innovative and technological ways of putting smaller pieces together to make a whole.
Established in 2004, the Minnesota Mosaic Guild (MMG) was formed to promote and foster exploration and experimentation in the media. It provides educational opportunities in Mosaic, and shares and celebrates the diversity of experience and knowledge in the media. Our members emerge from a multitude of artistic backgrounds including: sculpture, art instruction, jewelry making, graphic design and oil painting.
Many members have been active in community projects throughout the Twin Cities. This includes, artist residencies and workshops; mentoring of emerging artists; and promoting mosaic as a fine art. Several of our members are professional mosaicists whose work can be seen throughout the Twin Cities
What is a myth about the mosaic art form you would like to dispel?
The myth that mosaics is just a craft where you chop up stuff and glue it to something. It can truly be a fine art form. One finished piece can take a very long time to complete with intricate design elements, patterns and layers involved.
Do you have a good mosaic joke?
Apparently mosaic is not a very funny art form. However, there is historical evidence that in ancient Greek and Roman times, the men’s latrines would contain dirty jokes mosaiced with tile into the floor and wall designs. Making those mosaics would have truly been a dirty job 😉
Who are some artists that inspire the group?
Many of our MN Mosaic Guild members recognize other Guild members as their biggest influence and source of inspiration. In addition, members mentioned the following contemporary mosaic artists working around the country: Wilma Wyss, Kelley Knickerbocker, Julie Sperling, Marian Shapiro, Dixie Friend Gay, Shug Jones, Sandra Groeneveld, Isidora Paz Lopez, Betsy Youngquist, Mireille Swinnen, Sharra Frank, and Irina Charny.
What is the best thing about being part of the Guild?
Our meetings and the gallery shows gives a chance to display our many styles/methods of working.
We all create mosaics, but the diversity is huge. Everyone is so helpful in supporting and guiding others. We all encourage new members regardless of experience. Meeting people who share a similar passion or interest is always refreshing.
Below is a group project created by the MMG
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