50 Faces Collection
Italian Mosaic
Bankhead Theater Lobby
November 11, 2021 - January 16, 2022

The public is invited to experience this remarkable exhibit of contemporary mosaic artwork from the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in Italy right in the Tri-Valley. The Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (or Mosaic School of Friuli) was founded in 1922 in the small town of Spilimbergo in northeast Italy to teach and preserve the tradition of mosaic art. Since 2016, the Associazione culturale Naonis has utilized the Mosaic Young Talent competition to enhance and elevate the creativity of students at the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.

The collection showcases the work of young artists who redefine the ancient tradition of mosaic art with innovative methods and materials. Curator Guglielmo Zanette explains: “50 Faces is a unique blend of art, technique, tradition and culture. It is an exquisite innovation in the contemporary art scene.” These compelling artworks use a variety of media including bone, shells, metal, and fiber, which are artfully combined with the traditional mosaic materials of marble and smalto. Viewers will relish the expressive personality and character captured in each of these mosaic portraits.

The 50 Faces collection at the Bankhead Theater Gallery includes Mosaic Young Talent winners featuring icons of art, culture, and music such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Morgan Freeman. Viewers will further delight in a wide range of icons, from business moguls such as Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, to music greats such as David Bowie and Elvis Presley, to celebrity icons like Angelina Jolie, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.

50 Faces is free and open to enjoy by ticketed patrons during performances and the general public Thursdays through Sundays from 1pm - 5pm beginning Thursday, November 11.

Opening Reception:

Saturday, November 13

10 am - 12:30 pm

Free and open to the public.
Coffee & Cannoli will be available for purchase.