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The donor wall is installed at the Adler Aphasia on July 12, 2016. Jennifer Brown

BONNIE COHEN’S AWARD WINNING COMMISSIONS SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART

The Society of American Mosaic Art (SAMA) has selected two mosaic art installations by Bonnie Cohen, to be included in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition: site-specific category. This competitive annual exhibition features the best in contemporary fine art mosaics uniting innovative design and masterful technique as explored by some of the best international artists working in the medium.

The juror, Susan Goldberg AIA, selected eleven works for inclusion in the site- specific category to be presented at the 16th Annual Mosaic Arts Summit taking place at The Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, Michigan The site specific artwork will be represented photographically at the exhibition and online at www.AmericanMosaics.org beginning April 27 to June 15,2017. A print catalog of the exhibition will be available.

Bonnie Cohen’s artwork titled” Steps to Success” was commissioned by Belmont College Health Sciences Center in St. Clairsville, Ohio as part of the Ohio Arts Council Percent for Arts program. The 16’x9’ mosaic illustrates the exceptional technical foundation of the Belmont Health Sciences program balancing human touch with technical excellence. In addition to school colors being integrated into the artwork to inspire and energize students and faculty, figurative and symbolic iconography illustrates the importance of practical skills and expertise through experiential learning. The figures represent the concept of lifespan care and the human touch is creatively interpreted through the combination of the soft edged handmade tiles with the grid-like patterns of the glass mosaic.

Bonnie Cohen’s second work, a collaborative mosaic mural titled’ A Journey of a Thousand Miles” was created for the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, NJ, which provides help for those living with aphasia and their caregivers. The 12’x6’ mural  features a winding pathway through a garden of mosaic flowers with the quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. During a two-day artist- in- residency, the participants created individual mosaic flower motifs. Most participants were only able to work with one hand so the project was designed to accommodate their physical limitations.  The completed flower motifs were incorporated into the mural.

see a video about the project here:

The donor wall is installed at the Adler Aphasia on July 12, 2016. Jennifer Brown

ARTIST STATEMENT

“A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step”

Adler Aphasia Center, Maywood, NJ

Mrs. Adler’s words said it all…. “It is exactly what I wished for…A HAPPY WALL!”

The Adler Aphasia Center provides help for those living with aphasia and their caregivers. This collaborative mosaic mural was designed to celebrate the 15th anniversary and to honor generous donors.

The design features a winding pathway through a garden of mosaic flowers with the quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

During a two-day artist in residency, the participants created individual mosaic flower motifs. Most participants were only able to work with one hand so the project was designed to accommodate their physical limitations.  Adhesive mesh, pre-drawn patterns and some pre-cut tiles helped the participants create their flowers with ease. Prior to the artist- in- residency, the artist created an instructional video with guidance from speech and occupational therapists.

The completed flower motifs were incorporated into the mural and enhanced with the artist’s handmade tiles, calligraphy, leaves, stems and background design.

Executive Director Karen Tucker said,” The artwork says so much about who we are and how we want all those that enter our program to feel as they navigate life with aphasia”.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“STEPS to SUCCESS”

Belmont College Health Sciences Center

This mosaic artwork illustrates the exceptional scientific and technical education at the Belmont Health Sciences program where students gain practical skills and expertise through experiential training. Three intertwined circles represent lifespan care and the “caring hands” represent the importance of balancing human interaction with technical excellence.
Glass mosaic tiles and stainless steel artfully combined with handmade ceramic tiles illustrate the coordination of different aspects of health care and medical technology with a hands-on, compassionate, educational experience. The artwork illustrates various scientific symbols and medical data.
The Belmont logo and the college name, integrated into the mosaic artwork reinforces the inspiration and energy of students and faculty who strive to improve and enhance the lives of others through the health and science curriculum offered at Belmont College.

photo credits:

Adler- Jennifer Brown photo and video

Belmont- Jackie Elmore