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MOSAIC OF ART - Episode 28. Dec. 19th 3-4pm EST

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Last week, NANCIE MILLS PIPGRAS was my live call-in guest, and she spoke about the making of the Exhibition in Print in Mosaic Art Now magazine. Doesn't this just lead right into consideration of one of the EIP winners, JO BRAUN? Her interview starts the show. I’m again taking up my mission of looking inside arts institutions. “Creating exhibitions that are conceptually stimulating, well executed, challenging to the audience, but also accessible,” these are the goals that JANE HART pursues as chief curator of the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. She and her associate curator MISAEL SOTO speak about what that means, while describing the work of the exhibitions on view – one by SINISA KUKEC, another by STEPHAN TUGRUL and a third in the South Florida projects room by sculptor, LUIS ALONZO BARKIGIA. BARKIGIA describes both the conceptual nature of his work and the challenge of actually installing it. While in Hollywood, I‘m airing an interview with Development Director, JEFFREY RUSNAK. He talks about the NATHAN SAWAYA exhibition of wall-mounted and sculptural works executed in the material of Legos. I also speak with MAURICIO GARCON, who brought his family to see the show and to participate in a family activity – creating sculptures in the art center’s project room. JO BRAUN doesn’t call herself a "mosaic artist," but rather a visual artist who often works with the materials that others call mosaic. Too fine a distinction? Listen to her reasoning and her creative method: setting up a system of rules and following them. (like for instance making a mosaic with no tesserae). Some would call this rigid and confining, but she asserts it helps her follow her muse. At the least, you’ll be provoked to re-consider some of your assumptions - and to join the discussion at the SAMA conference in Austin.

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