Class Act 2021
Friday, January 15th - Saturday, March 13th
The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics is proud to exhibit the works of twenty-eight past and present students of The Chicago Mosaic School for Class Act 2021. This juried exhibition features students working at all levels of experience, who have studied at CMS from 2005 - present.
This exhibition showcases the variety of approaches to contemporary mosaic works from local, nation and international artists and reflects the expertise of our dedicated faculty and staff that have made The Chicago Mosaic School the premier center for Mosaic Arts Education in the United States. Through classes, workshops and Visiting Artist Seminars, these artists have utilized exemplary conceptual and technical excellence in varied approaches and materials. We encourage our students to explore their artistic voices and discover their potential through the medium of mosaic.
The art of mosaic is settled in Japan after World War II and had progress as mural art. At the same time very few number of artists was making easel mosaic works as their own artistic expression.
In 1994 the symposium of International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists was held in Japan and next year Mosaic Art Association in Japan is founded.
Since then MAAJ is providing exhibit occasions, workshop, discussing place to mosaic lovers and artists.
What might be the character of Japanese mosaics?
For my opinion we love abstract art, few 3 dimensional works are made, love harmony than drama and contrast. We love serious expression than humour.
It is the first occasion for Japanese mosaic artists to show in group in foreign country. So we are curious if the visitors find any originality and Japanese taste in our works.
It is a precious occasion for us.
We appreciate the decision of CMS and the gallery to held this exhibition.
-Toyoharu Kii, February 2020
"Border" by Hidemasa Iwata