The Society of American Mosaic Art (SAMA) has selected the work of artist Bonnie Cohen 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. The 22 ft x 8 ft mosaic installation is located at Bowling Green University  College of Health and Human Services.

The predominately white palette of handmade tiles and luminous recycled glass create a calming environment changing with the natural light throughout the day. The artwork includes intricate details, textures, and inspiring quotations imbedded 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 who’s work will be  represented at the Nashville Public Library Art Gallery through print, video and digital images.  Materials on display will including drawings, sketchbooks and material samples that will provide visitors a unique perspective into the process of creating a large-scale mosaic work.


Bowling Green State University College of Health and Human Services

Percent for Arts Proposal presented by Bonnie Cohen

“See the Difference, Be the Difference”



From the blackest edges of outer space, to our own personal space, circles symbolize our universe, our communities, our friendships and our families. Circles evoke the vibration of sound waves,  concentric rings of rippling water, and embracing arms. Circles record precise scientific data magnified through the circular lens of a microscope.

Circles create a strong graphic image from afar, allowing the flow of the tesserae to draw the viewer close — to touch, feel, and discover intricate details.  The circles intersect, overlap and converge, accentuating  the luminous recycled glass and handmade tiles.

A bold and bright glass line traverses the entire wall and wraps around each corner, anchoring the  artwork and drawing the eye into the central circles.  The gray outer circles become lighter  towards the center, where sparks of colored shards converge into intricately detailed circles suggesting both our commonality and our diversity.

The timeless medium of mosaic art is a metaphor for our communities. Every single piece is enhanced by its relationship to the pieces around it. And each individual piece is an integral part of the big picture.

The predominately white palette is enhanced by surrounding colors and light to instill a calming environment that changes with every hour of the day.  By touching the tiles and discovering the intricate details, the viewer can experience the art up close and even see his or her reflection in the pieces of mirror scattered throughout the mosaic.

Inspiring quotations embedded in the handmade tiles reflect the seven dimensions of wellness, the focus of the College of Health and Human Service’s curriculum. The artwork brings light, color, joy and healing into the lives of students, faculty, patients and visitors and inspires them to make a difference and be the difference.