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Behind the Mosaic

Society of American Mosaic Artists

The Society of American Mosaic Artists is a nonprofit that is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and promoting excellence in mosaic arts. We have produced publications, exhibitions, and conferences which include educational experiences and public service projects for over 17 years. In that time, we have seen incredible growth in the awareness of mosaic as an art medium and even more so, an evolution of the medium itself in the hands of North American artists. Our newest program offering is a Podcast available to the public to further SAMA's mission through discussion of sustainable mosaic technique, the creative process, and the diverse applications of the medium. A resource intended for artists, mosaicists, collectors, and enthusiasts of all kinds. Behind the Mosaic is a series of audio studio visits with the most inspirational people in the mosaic art community, hosted by SAMA Executive Director, Dawnmarie Zimmerman.

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This episode features an artist who is an intrepid explorer and passionate engineer of storytelling. She is deeply intrigued by the dualities inherent in the human condition and her body of mixed media and mosaic work is the result of a committed studio practice that keeps her in a constant state of discovery, New York-based artist, Karen Kettering Dimit. Karen is the Co-Founder of the LIC Arts Open, a Senior Arts member of the St. Botolph Club, and a member the Society of American Mosaic Artists, LIC Artists. She was also the Chair of Sculpture at the Pen and Brush, NYC. Ms. Dimit has shown widely throughout the U.S., both in solo and group exhibitions. Most recently, she was juried into the 2018 Mosaic Arts International, winning the Contemporary Innovation Award. Other recent events: she was invited to show work in the 10th anniversary celebration of The Gallery at Penn College (where she showed a significant body of work in 2014), juried once again into the competitive exhibition of Mosaic Arts International 2016, held this year at the Women's History Museum in San Diego, and was invited to participate in a small group show featuring strong women at Gold Coast Art Center. Her “Medusa” won the “Best in Show” award in SAMA's juried member exhibition in Chicago, 2006; and “Miss Willendorf 2008” won “First Place” in the Pen and Brush 62ndAnnual Sculpture Exhibition in NY. Ms. Dimit lives in Manhattan and maintains a studio in Queens (LIC). She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Compleat Sculptor in New York, and Orsoni Mosaics in Venice, Italy. Ms. Dimit has also curated a number of well-received shows, most recently UPSTANDERS!!!, as show of 23 artists who channel their activism into their art practice. Her ingenuity was just recognized by the Mosaic Arts International 2018 Fine Art segment Jurors with the 2018 Contemporary Innovation award.
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