Venice, Italy..............Orsoni Smalti Veneziani is proud to announce the winners of the Orsoni Prize 2009, the International Award for Mosaic Fine Art. The Grand Prize has been awarded to Julie Richey for her sculptural work, Night Shirt. Richey will receive Euro 1,000 and a trip to Venice, Italy to attend a 1 week Master in Mosaic workshop at Orsoni. Her award winning mosaic will be exhibited at the Angelo Orsoni Gallery.
The jurors, Lucio Orsoni, Honorary President, Angelo Orsoni and Pino Bisazza, President, Trend Group chose Night Shirt because of the artist's exceptional success in depicting an "atmospheric landscape of pure poetry that harmonizes with sculptural form of the clothing."
Honorable Mention was awarded to Magda Busetto for creating the "the startling effect of being watched." Busetto will receive 3 kilos of Orsoni 24 k gold mosaic. In addition 3 Finalists were named, Kate Kerrigan, Greg Haas and Angela Staehling. Each of these artists will receive 1 kilo of Orsoni 24k gold mosaic.
This year 98 submissions were received from 15 countries. All submissions will be posted on the Orsoni web site www.orsoni.com in October. The biennial prize will be offered again in 2011.
Orsoni Smalti Veneziani has been producing smalti and 24 k gold mosaic since 1888 in the Cannaregio district of Venice, Italy. In 2008 Orsoni was awarded the Premio Firenze Donna, Italy's prestigious cultural award.
The Master of Mosaic workshops located at the foundry are taught by Maestra Antonella Gallenda throughout the year. Participants stay at Domus Orsoni, the enchanting bed and breakfast located steps away from the mosaic studio.