AIMC International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists NEWSLETTER

June 2015

Notes from the President

Dear members and friends of AIMC,
I am pleased to take this opportunity to inform you about the latest updates related to upcoming AIMC events.

1. XV International AIMC Congress: 
 May 18 - 21, 2016 Spilimbergo - Italy

This very important AIMC event becomes even more important,  as it will be held in Spilimbergo, with the organizational collaboration of an exceptional institution: the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.

The organizational preparations continue. The Director of the Scuola, Dr. Gian Piero Brovedani, in close collaboration with the executive president of the congress and honorary member of the AIMC, Giovanni Travisanutto, are working hard to produce an exceptional congress, including the accompanying exhibition and side events, which we are sure will be marked in AIMC congress history.

 A special website for the Congress is currently under construction by the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, and there you will be able to find complete information regarding the  program, participation and accommodation details. We will publish the website address as soon as it is ready. For now, you may contact organizers at the following email address for more information:
Please click here for the congress program.
The long history of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in the field of ancient and contemporary mosaic, its location, which, among other things, is in an area important for mosaic archaeological sites, and the strong interest of the School, promises the production of a unique AIMC Congress, which we invite you to attend.

2. RavennaMosaico, Opere dal Mondo- Architettura e Mosaico Contests
RavennaMosaico First International Contemporary Mosaic Festival, 4th Edition
 October 10 – November 8, 2015

The RavennaMosaico Opere dal Mondo- Architettura e Mosaico contests were concluded on May 31st. There were more than 110 proposals submitted, by artists (AIMC members) from 30 different countries. For the first time, the selected works will be exhibited at the prestigious and recently restored Palazzo Rasponi dalle Teste, Piazza Kennedy. We heartily thank you all for participating to the contests.

The committee, consisting of Maria Rita Bentini, Rosetta Berardi, Silvia Colizzi, Linda Kniffitz, Maria Grazia Marini, Felice Nittolo, Almuth Schöps  and Nicos Tolis,  will meet before the end of June and their decisions will be announced by July 15th. Stay tuned to the next newsletter for the results!
The RavennaMosaico festival will host exhibitions, conferences, lectures, presentations of publications related to mosaic, and academic studies related to the development of contemporary mosaic.   For more information about the festival, please visit

Mark on your calendar:
the festival opening night, the lively Notte d’Oro, October 10, 2015. 


The AIMC PRIZE FOR STUDENTS up to the age of 30, gives an exceptional opportunity to young students who participate in the contest to show their work in the exquisite ambiance of Ravenna.  It also provides to the three winners, in addition to the monetary prizes, the additional award of an opportunity to present more of their work in a group exhibition to take place in November 2016, at  the "niArt" gallery of Ravenna, sponsored by the AIMC and the  "niArt" gallery.
A qualified jury composed of Karen Ami, Laura Carraro, Ariana Gallo, Marcello Landi, Luca Maggio, Luciana Notturni and Mila Oliva, will judge the competing works for the selection of the three winners.  

Deadline for applications: July 30, 2015. Participation is free of any fees. Please click 
here for details concerning the PAS contest.  

We look forward to your joining in these special events!

Nikos Tolis
AIMC President

News from the World

 Pamela Irving


 Yolo Man and the Apocalyptic Alphabet

The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, The Chicago Mosaic School, Chicago

May 1- June 28, 2015

Pamela Irving’s “Apocalyptic Alphabet” fuses nonsense and humour.  Her use of objects and shards, which have their own intrinsic value, combine to give the common alphabet new, quirky meanings. Irving’s assemblages, prints and mosaics are inspired by the mosaics at Torcello, Venice, The Baptistery Mosaics in Florence and the work of Milanese artist Enricho Baj all fused with Irving’s own virulent imagination. This is Pamela Irving’s first exhibition in the USA. Irving is thrilled with her association with the Chicago Mosaic School and the level of scholarship they offer.

-submitted by Karen Ami

Art Gallery niArt Cultura


quidam quidem irridebant                           


Presenting Albano Morandi and his students: 

Viviana Bertanza  Angelica Consoli  Rita Duchi  Annalisa Gregorio
Laura Mondelli  Albano Morandi  Francesco Visentini

Opened Saturday May 30, 2015
May 30 - June 13, 2015
niArt Gallery via Anastagi 4a/6 Ravenna

Excerpt from the catalog introduction by Paolo Sacchini:
   When Pope Paul VI, in May 7, 1964, met artists gathered in the Sistine Chapel and addressed them with a touching Letter to Artists, there is no doubt that the theme of the sacred had been taken a little 'off the beaten track'  by experimental art. Today, however, it seems to me that the question of sacredness - paraphrased and interpreted in many different ways - is reappearing more and more often, here and there, in the work of the new generation of contemporary art. more

See invitation here.

-submitted by Felice Nittolo

Nathalie Chaulaic

Nathalie CHAULAIC (mosaic sculpture)

Valérie MAFFRE (painting)

Laurence CHAMAGNE BUAILLON (painting)


 . . . invite you to their exhibition at the GALERIE DE L’ÉCHARPE,

18 rue Peyrolières, 31000 TOULOUSE

from May 25 until June 7, 2015

from 11a.m.  to 19 p.m.


Opening Tuesday May 26 from 6 p.m.

Invitation here

-submitted by Nathalie Chaulaic

Ongoing Events

Maher Dawoud




May 9 – November 22, 2015 


Biennale di Venezia 2015

Egyptian Pavilion

The word PEACE is a mosaic of 5 letters built in a space of 19 meters wide, 8 meters deep and 2.5 meters high. Walking through this mosaic of letters, one cannot see the word PEACE without looking from high above. The visitor will walk through this mosaic of letters without really recognising the whole scene of the word PEACE that he is moving through. Just like everyday life, one is so closely engaged in his particular problem that he/she does not see the “bigger picture”. Similar to mosaic art in general, one can only see the beauty of the mosaic art when seen from afar. This art installation represents a conceptual contemporary mosaic setting using material such as grass, wood and interactive augmented reality to convey the message of PEACE.

-submitted by Maher Dawoud

Chicago Mosaic School presents Verdiano Marzi

                                                                                                          “Silenzio” 2013

Dal Sogno all'Opus Veritas

March 28 - July 3, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, 
April 10th, 6:00-9:00pm at 
The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
115 East Delaware (through the Gratz Center)
(at Michigan Avenue) Chicago, Illinois USA

Internationally renowned artist Verdiano Marzi will open his first solo American exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, at  Chicago's historic Fourth Presbyterian Church running March 28- July 3rd, 2015.  Meet the artist Maestro Marzi at the opening reception of his exhibition,"Dal Sogno all'Opus Veritas", Friday, April 10th, from 6:00-9:00pm, featuring his mosaics, sculptures and drawings. Please join us at the Artists reception for a special dance and music performance and refreshments.

This exhibition coincides with the 10th Anniversary of The Chicago Mosaic School, the first school for Mosaic Arts in the United States. Catalogs for the exhibition will be available for purchase online or at The Chicago Mosaic School after the opening.
Marzi’s love of mosaic dates back to his childhood in Ravenna. He was born there in 1949. Early on an observant schoolteacher noticed his artistic gifts and recommended that his parents, who were of extremely modest means, send him to the newly opened State Institute of Art for Mosaic. There, he flourished . . .

                    “Banchisa” 2015                                                                     "Alba” 2015

-submitted by Karen Ami and 
Beatrice Propetto Marzi
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