CALL FOR ARTISTS – Deadline Oct. 31, 2011!

SAMA - Society of American Mosaic Artists

Mosaic Arts International 2012
SAMA’s Annual International Juried Exhibition
The Lexington Center Museum and Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
March 1 – April 30, 2012

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) invites artists working in mosaic media to submit applications to Mosaic Arts International(MAI) 2012. Held in conjunction with SAMA’s annual conference, the juried exhibit presents the best in contemporary mosaics from SAMA’s diverse international membership. Mosaic Arts International 2012 will be held March 1 – April 30, 2012 at The Lexington Center Museum and Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky. The newly renovated space is located in the heart of Lexington and is in the center of the Lexington Center Complex which also houses the Lexington Convention Center, a shopping center and Rupp Arena. Mosaic Arts International will be the first fine art exhibition featured in this gallery. Mosaic Arts International unites compelling materials, innovative design and masterful technique currently explored by a selection of the best international artists working in the medium. The Society of American Mosaic Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts.

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September 2, 2011: Digital Submission period opens on
October 31, 2011 Digital Submission Deadline ($45 entry fee through 10/28/11 $50 late entry fee 10/29-31/11)
November 25, 2011 Notification of acceptance e-mailed
February 13-15, 2012 Accepted works must be received at the Lexington Center Gallery and Museum, including hand- delivered and shipped March 1st through April 30th, 2012 Exhibition (works must remain in exhibits for the entire length of the show)
March 2, 2012 Artist Reception at the Lexington Center Gallery and Museum
March 20, 2012 All work at LCGM shipped back by this date

Jurors (alphabetically)

Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Professor of Art, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Josh Blanc, Handmade Tile Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota
3rd Juror TBA

There will be a new Award and Category structure for 2012! READ the Prospectus COMPLETELY!

Awards – Totaling $5000

Best in Show $2000
Innovation in Mosaics $1200
Members’ Choice $300
Juror’s Awards (3 given) $500

New MAI Category Definitions

Wall Mosaics – Mosaics that are mounted to a vertical flat surface that are 2 dimensional panels, bas relief panels, or wall sculptures.
Freestanding Mosaics – Mosaics that are sculptural or 3 dimensional in form that stand by themselves on a pedestal or floor surface.
Large Scale Mosaics – Mosaics in the Wall Mosaic and Freestanding Mosaic categories that are too large to be shipped or exhibited in a gallery and are not attached to a fixed structure or building. To be exhibited by photograph.
Architectural Mosaics – Mosaics that are permanently attached to a fixed structure or building that are typically a commission or public art. To be exhibited by photograph.


Made your Reservations for the American Mosaic Summit Yet?

Hyatt Regency Lexington
401 West High Street,
Lexington, Kentucky, USA 40507
Tel: +1 859 253 1234 Fax: +1 859 254 7430
Rate: $129 per night Single/Double Occupancy; $139 per night Triple/Quad Occupancy
Call: 800.233.1234(ask for Society of American Mosaic Artists rate) or go to # to be determined) to make reservations. Reservation cutoff date is January 27, 2012.

Yes, there has been a change of venue for Mosaic Arts International since we first announced we were headed to Lexington. We were presented with a golden opportunity to present MAI in a newly renovated space in Lexington Center that would allow the exhibition to be extended for a longer period and accomdate more work. We are still working with the University of Kentucky Department of Fine Arts and are very excited about this new opportunity!

So…..this year, for the first time, The Host Hotel, Conference and Exhibition locations are located all under one Roof!