The Orsoni Prize, 2007 International Award for Mosaic Fine Art
Kim Schonfeld mosaic detail
Ms. Schonfeld was the recipient of Euro 1,000, a round trip ticket to Venice to attend a one-week Master in Mosaic course, accommodation at Domus Orsoni, a three-month exhibit of Reminiscence and artist reception at the Orsoni gallery.
In this first year of the Orsoni Prize, 61 artists participated from 15 countries, submitting 95 works of mosaic art.
According to Lucio Orsoni,
"the Orsoni Prize is the culmination of my dream to teach students at the Master in Mosaic and immerse them in a total artisan experience at Domus Orsoni. The topicality of artistic expression, uniqueness of 3 dimensional creations and freshness of new ideas demonstrate to me that mosaics have reached a new level of fine art. To be able to acknowledge this achievement through the Orsoni Prize has endowed my life with great satisfaction".
honorable mention- Richard François - Belgium
Richard François mosaic detail
Orsoni and Bisazza also acknowledged Richard François’ (Belgium) with an Honorable Mention for The Next Moment. His magical combination of flat surfaces in an unexpected wave, felt to them as under the effect of a sudden rush of wind.
Finalist - Lynne Chinn - USA
Lynne Chinn mosaic detail
Additionally three artists were given special recognition as Finalists for their fine mosaic technique and originality of expression - Lynne Chinn (USA) for Winged Geode (above),
Finalist - Toyoharu Kii - Japan
Toyoharu Kii mosaic detail
Toyoharu Kii (Japan) for Grass Wind Light (above)
Finalist - Eric Cros - France
Eric Cros mosaic detail
and Eric Cros (France) for The Butterfly Effect. (above)
To see all mosaic fine art entries click artist's initial below:
Orsoni Smalti Veneziani has been producing Venetian smalti and 24 k gold mosaic since 1888. The Orsoni Prize was created to honor contemporary mosaic fine art. Maestro Lucio Orsoni, great grandson of the Orsoni founder and current Honorary President of Angelo Orsoni and Pino Bisazza, the founder and President of Trend Group and premier art collector judged the competition.
Grand Prize - Awarded to Kim Schonfeld
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