The Society of American Mosaic Art has selected the work of artist Bonnie Cohen, of Akron Ohio to be included in the 2019 Mosaic Arts International Exhibition. This competitive annual exhibition features innovative design and masterful technique as explored by some of the best international artists working in the medium.

The Architectural & Site-Specific segment will feature artwork of 19 artists from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil representing the best in contemporary architectural  mosaics.

Bonnie Cohen’s selected artwork titled “See the Difference, Be the Difference” was commissioned and funded by Bowling Green State University and the Ohio Percent for Art Program. The 22 ft. x 8 ft. mosaic installation is located in the lobby of the College of Health and Human Services.

The predominately white palette of handmade tiles and luminous recycled glass create a calming environment changing with natural light throughout the day. The artwork includes intricate details, textures, and inspiring quotations embedded in the handmade tiles to reinforce the seven dimensions of wellness – the focus of the College of Health and Human Service’s curriculum.

Juror, Kim Emerson (Founder of the San Diego Mosaic School) selected the finalists whose work will be represented at the Nashville Public Library Art Gallery through print, video and digital images.  Materials on display will include drawings, sketchbooks, videos and material samples that will provide visitors a unique perspective into the process of creating a large-scale mosaic work. 


  • Ohio Arts Council Percent for Arts Finalist (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018)
  • International Eco Arts Award Finalist (2014)
  • Mosaic Arts International Exhibition (2014,2017,2019)
  • Union of Reform Judaism Convention- panelist and speaker-” Synagogue Design”
  • Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at the Museum of Man, San Diego, CA (2009)
  • Kansas City Jewish Museum Invitational Exhibition (2003)
  • Central Region Women’s League of Conservative Judaism Convention, solo exhibition and keynote speaker, Canton, OH
  • Artist-in-Residence Program and keynote speaker, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation,Reston, VA (2002)
  • Solo exhibition, keynote speaker for Sisterhood Donor, Temple Israel, Akron, OH (2002)
  • Solo exhibition and keynote speaker for Sisterhood Donor at Rodef Shalom Temple,Pittsburgh, PA (2001)
  • National Solomon Shechter Award, silver medalist for Judaic Arts Programming (2001)
  • Solo Exhibition in conjunction with Artist-in-Residence Program at Temple Israel,Columbus, OH (2001)
  • Solo Exhibition at the Judaic Museum of Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, MI (2001)
  • “For Every Season” Jewish Ritual Art at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (2001)
  • Agnon Fine Art and Craft Exhibition, Cleveland, OH (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • “Heaven on Earth” Divine Crafts Invitational at Goldman Art Gallery, Rockville, MD (2000)
  • Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum Contemporary Judaica Invitational, Phoenix, AZ (1998)
  • Judaic Art Invitational Temple Emanuel, Palm Beach, FL (1998)
  • Ma’yan: Jewish Women’s Project Invitational Exhibition, in cooperation with the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum (1997)
  • Spertus Museum International Judaica Exhibition Finalist (1996)
  • Ohio Designer Craftsmen Best of ‘95 Exhibition Finalist (1995)
  • American Corporate Identity Excellence in Design Award (1986)
  • Package Design Council of America Gold Medal (1981)