September 23rd 2013
American Art Collector
Juried Competition of New Work
2013 Edition, Alcove Books, page 150
Mosaic Art Now
Tis the season to be merry and bright so, we’re packing this week’s BOM with festive mosaic inspiration.
First up, The Editor wrote her List, checked it Twice and now has her fingers crossed that Santa thinks she has been a very, very good girl this year. In our second Featured article, we revisit our profile of Sara Baldwin, Founder of New Ravenna, Designer of Award Winning Mosaics and Kisser of Camels. And finally, what could be more festive than a visit with 10 queens – Drag Queens, that is – the San Francisco Muses who captured the heart of mosaic artist Michael Kruzich.
However you celebrate and whatever stars you find yourself under this holiday season, we wish you great joy. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you for your continued good wishes for MAN.
Heroes with Bling: SF Drag Queens Immortalized in Mosaic by Michael Kruzich
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United States, (August 15, 2011) - San Francisco artist wins international recognition.
Artist Michael Kruzich from San Francisco, California wins international recognition by being selected as an award winner in Infinity Art Gallery's juried Figurative Expo 2011. Kruzich's artwork "Sylvester" received the Director's Choice award.
Gallery Director, Julie Weismann in selecting her piece stated: "Sylvester takes me back to the 80's while living in the Bay Area-dancing, partying, watching the drag shows. The 80's was also a time of devastating loss of so many of my friends and wonderful men to AIDS. Kruzich's memorial to Sylvester is simply beautiful. His mosaic work and detail is exquisite. This piece brings joy to my heart. Thank you!."
Kruzich's artwork can be seen online at www.infinityartgallery.com/figurative-expo. The art exhibit opened August 15, 2011 and will be on display until November 15, 2011.
Infinity Art Gallery is a commission free gallery and encourages collectors to contact the artist directly. Artist's contact information is available by clicking on the hyperlink displayed within the large artwork view.
Market Street Gallery
is pleased to present Heroes with Bling; an exhibit to celebrate the sparkling diamonds of the San Francisco queer community. This exhibition will showcase Mosaic Arts International 2011's Member's choice Award winning artist, Michael J. Kruzich, published Photographer, Art Director & Stylist, Jose A Guzman Colon, and acclaimed Photographer, Marianne Larochelle. The exhibit will open June 7, 2011, and run through June 29, 2011. The artist reception will be held on Saturday, June 11th, 2011, from 6 PM - 8 PM. Market Street Gallery will also be hosting a Pride kick-off event on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, from 6 PM - 8 PM.
Drag queens or drag personalities, we love them all! They are bigger than life! They are bubbly (and a lot of the time, they drink bubbly)! They project an intense amount of positive energy inspiring everyone to smile from ear-to-ear and happily wave right back at them! Drag queens are the sparkling diamonds of the queer community's tiara; the shine, the light, the energetic force which makes all queer events super special. They do so much for the queer community, Market Street Gallery created this exhibition to celebrate them! This exhibition is our way of saying 'thank you' to our "Heroes with Bling" during the entire month of June, Pride 2011.
Miss Anita Cocktail [2010, Michael J. Kruzich, 28" x 12", stone, smalti, & vitreous glass] the Mosaic Arts International 2011's Member's choice Award winning piece will be on exhibit. Miss Anita Cocktail was the first of Michael J. Kruzich's Series of local San Francisco Drag Persona created to pay homage to “fabulous stars of the San Francisco Drag scene”. This is the first ever public exhibition of Michael J. Kruzich's Series of local San Francisco Drag Persona series and the first mosaic drag persona series ever created by a mosaic artist.
Daffney Deluxe, one of many gorgeously exuberant photographs from the Glam Gender series, will be on display for the Heroes with Bling exhibit. Glam Gender is a collaboration between photographer, Marianne Larochelle and Art Director, Jose Guzman-Colon. The two talents have teamed up on this exciting photography project that explores and confronts the traditional concept of glamour. Glam Gender is an evolving body of work featuring many of the most exciting and talented artists and performers in San Francisco.
Heroes with Bling
Award winning mosaic works by Michael J. Kruzich
Vibrant photography by Jose A Guzman Colon & Marianne Larochelle
June 7, 2011 – June 29, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, June 11th , 6pm - 8pm
Pride kick-off Party: Thursday, June 23rd , 6pm – 8pm
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Heroes with Bling @ 1554 Market Street Gallery (SF, CA)
June 11, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Heroes with Bling @ 1554 Market Street Gallery (SF, CA)
June 23, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Michael Kruzich: Artist’s Statement
I have lived in SF for 16 years and been a delighted observer and participant in the gay community since I moved here. I have seen a cornucopia of “characters” that make up the weave of fabric that is this wondrous city I call home, but some of the brightest gems I have witnessed and appreciated in my days here have been the drag artists.
This doesn’t mean I necessarily know that much about the drag community, nor that I even know all of my subjects personally. But the aura of magic and inspiration that I have absorbed from them every time I encounter them was enough to motivate me to use my gifts to salute them in the meticulous and long-lasting art-form of mosaic.
Originally my idea was for a smaller series to use as a visual examples of my work for a very specific idea I have for a public mosaic project in the Castro that I’d like to present to the proper “committees” in the future. But as I got further into the series it began to mean more and I was compelled to go further into depth with my chosen subjects.
There is more to these “ladies” than just what is seen on the surface. Yes, they instantly elevate whatever situation they appear in; lightening the heart, exuding joy, displaying razor sharp wit and carrying themselves with a royal and unapologetic pride that challenges the staunchest conservative to disapprove.
But behind all that, many of them are the truest and most dedicated humanitarians you could ask for in any community; working tirelessly for charities, fundraising events and supporting the growth and rights of local and worldwide causes. And some of that drag takes REAL commitment!
In my mind, they, and related groups like the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” are some of the most visible and outspoken heroes of our LGBT community; ambassadors of good will and diversity in a challenging world.
In antiquity, when my chosen art-form originated, mosaic was often used to record what was going on at that time in history; from day to day life, to local wildlife, to pivotal events and battles. In that vein I feel that my work documents some of the contemporary aspects of my world that I find inspirational in a form that will last for lifetimes to come as many ancient mosaic works have.
There would be no way for me to portray all of the fabulous stars of the San Francisco Drag scene, as each mosaic takes weeks or months of meticulous work, but this series represents a good year and a half of work. I’m very proud of the subjects I have chosen and admire them all greatly. I hope you enjoy them and that they foster in you a great appreciation of these vibrant heroes of our community!
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Michael J Kruzich
Michael J Kruzich SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART
Exhibition will showcase mosaic artists from across the world as they take mosaic art to new levels
February 18, 2011-March 30, 2011
AUSTIN TX, February 10, 2011 – The Society of American Mosaic Artists has selected the work of local artist, Michael J Kruzich, to be included in this year’s Mosaic Arts International, an annual juried exhibition of member’s work. Mosaic art, one of the world’s oldest art forms, is experiencing a major revitalization. Fine artists around the world are discovering the unrivaled and compelling magnificence of the art form and materials in achieving their artistic vision. The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) in Austin, Texas present “Mosaic Arts International”, a juried exhibition that explores the very best of this revitalization. MAI will premier on February 18th and remain on view through March 30th, 2011.
“This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to highlight outstanding examples of contemporary mosaic art from around the world in one venue, to allow viewers to experience the exciting new ways that artists are taking this art form to another level,” said Shug Jones, President of the SAMA Board of Trustees. “These artists, building on traditional and ancient art, are using both traditional and non-traditional materials to really push the art to a degree unseen in recent history.”
MAI presents 42 works selected from more than three hundred entries submitted by artists in ten countries. Materials such as smalti, glass, tile, and metal have found their way into the work of these artists. The exhibit includes 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, and architectural works. Prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded for the best in each of these categories as well as for ‘Best in Show’. An award ceremony announcing the winners will take place during Mosaic Art Summit, the annual conference of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, which will be held this year in Austin, TX, February 16-20.
Michael J Kruzich is a San Francisco mosaic artist who is classically trained in Ravenna Italy. His selected work “Anita Cocktail” is one in a series-in-progress of portraits of San Francisco drag personalities in honor of their heroic work for the local LGBT community. The series is scheduled to be exhibited at Market Street Gallery in San Francisco during Pride month-June of 2011. Michael works mostly in the classical materials of Stone and Italian Smalti and the selected piece is 28” x 12” in size.
Ms. Jones adds, “We invite the public to attend. This show is impressive in every respect. We are very excited to introduce Austin’s enthusiastic arts community to these outstanding mosaicists. Austin is a city obsessed with the arts in every form and this year our exhibition will coincide with an Austin institution, the South by Southwest conferences and festivals. What a wonderful opportunity to educate so many creatively charged people about what’s happening in mosaic art!”
Art collectors are beginning to gain a true appreciation of the richness of the art form and the texture that plays such an important factor in the work. SAMA artists create 2D, 3D, sculptural and architectural works, from micro-mosaics using tessarae (literally pieces) the size of the head of a pin to colossal architectural installations, creating art that is both compelling and enduring. MAI is a highly competitive annual exhibition that unites innovative design and masterful technique as explored by some of the best international artists working in the medium.
The panel of jurors for this year’s exhibition included Jean Ann Dabb, a professor of art history at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia; Nola Diamantopoulos, President of the Mosaic Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, and Jean Graham, coordinator of Austin Art in Public Places.
The Society of American Mosaic Artists, a dynamic group of more than 1,200 members, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts. More information about SAMA can be found at www.americanmosaics.org.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. It is located at 600 River Street, Austin, TX. For more information call 512-974-3770.
Michael J Kruzich is available for commissions, classes and private viewings.
2010 “Mosaic Arts International”
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Mosaic Fine Art Portraits
a collection from some of the finest contemporary mosaic artists worldwide, is the first book in a series that presents mosaic art as fine art. The five featured artists discuss the philosophy that drives their work, their discovery of mosaic art, and their personal journeys as artists. The book includes a gallery of sixty-four mosaic portraits by contemporary artists and an insightful introduction by the prominent mosaic artist George Fishman. Mosaic Fine Art Portraits is an art book not to be missed.
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MICHAEL KRUZICH’S WORK SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART
Chicago, February 28, 2010-The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) has selected work by local artist, Michael J. Kruzich, to be included in this year’s Mosaic Arts International (MAI) 2010, its annual juried exhibition of members’ outstanding work. The exhibition will take place in Chicago during March and April, to coincide with American Mosaic Summit, SAMA’s yearly conference in the same city. (For conference information, visit www.americanmosaics.org.) The Smith Museum of Stained Glass at Navy Pier will host the show, and over 80,000 visitors are expected to attend during its run, March 1-April 30.
Karen Ami, SAMA president and exhibition chair, notes that “MAI has become the most competitive mosaic arts exhibition in the U.S. This year’s show will inspire and excite those who are familiar with mosaic as well as those seeing contemporary mosaic art for the first time.” More than 250 artists in eight countries submitted entries, and a panel of three jurors deliberated over a five-day period, ultimately selecting 48 pieces for exhibition. Three categories of work are represented in the show: 26 mosaics in two-dimensional format, seven in three-dimensional format, and 15 in the architectural category.
Michael J. Kruzich is a mosaicist who works in San Francisco, CA and annually participates in Hunter’s Point Shipyard’s Open Studios. Michael also will be having a show at “Sweet Inspiration”, 2239 Market St., SF, CA. 415.621.8664.
Michael’s website is http://mkmosaics.com and commissions are considered and welcome. The work selected for a Juror’s Choice award at the Mosaic Arts International (MAI) 2010 exhibit is named “Corinthian”. It is a 2-dimensional mosaic entirely in stone and is 20” x 27”. Inspired by the great architectural Corinthian column design it is rendered in a very textural relief yet classical in it’s technique.
Jurors for MAI 2010 included esteemed British mosaicist Oliver Budd, president of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM); Juan Chavez, a noted public artist and faculty member at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Janet Kozachek, an Orangeburg, South Carolina artist and arts educator and a founding member and president emeritus of SAMA. Budd noted that he found the work to be of “consistently high quality” and was “really swayed by some of the fantastic abstract work.” Kozachek also praised the field and reflected on the agonizing yet uplifting process of sorting through “so many incredible pieces of art.”
The Society of American Mosaic Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in fine mosaic art. It is a vibrant and growing group with more than 1,200 members. SAMA is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and will stage the world’s largest mosaics education event at its conference March 17–21, 2010 at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. For more information on membership and conference registration, please visit www.americanmosaics.org.