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The Society of American Mosaic Art (SAMA) has selected the work of Bonnie Cohen, of Akron, Ohio as Best Architectural Mosaic for the 2021 Mosaic Arts International Exhibition. This competitive annual exhibition features innovative design and masterful technique as explored by some of the best international artists working in the medium.  

Fifty-four total works were selected including works from artists from throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Greece, Spain and the United Kingdom.  The fully interactive exhibition can be viewed at

The series is comprised of separate juried exhibits featuring the best in contemporary fine art, architectural, community, & site-specific mosaics from SAMA's diverse international membership.

Bonnie Cohen’s artwork titled “CONNECT” was commissioned and funded by Cleveland State University and the Ohio Percent for Art Program. following a competitive national search by the Ohio Arts Council, and the CSU College of Engineering committee.


The 55 ft. x 8 ft. mosaic installation is in the lobby of the Washkewicz College of Engineering and took 18 months to complete. It includes over 80,000 pieces of glass, and laser cut steel made in Cleveland.


​​Cohen’s design, titled “C​ONNECT” ​ ​​illustrates the idea that engineers improve people’s lives by connecting​ ​​people, concepts, materials, energy, formulas, patterns, and systems. The simple but powerful geometric design includes seven monumental letters which evoke the intersection of math, science, and art.

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Cohen’s award-winning commissions enhance public spaces throughout the United States. This project was funded through the “Ohio Arts Council Percent for Arts Program” is Cohen’s fourth “Percent for Arts” commission in Ohio.


  • Mosaic Arts International 2021, Best Architectural Mosaic 

  • Ohio Arts Council Percent for Arts Finalist (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018, 2019,2021)

  • International Eco Arts Award Finalist (2014)

  • Mosaic Arts International Exhibition (2014,2017,2019,2021)

  • Union of Reform Judaism Convention- panelist and speaker-” Synagogue Design”

  • Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at the Museum of Man, San Diego, CA (2009)

  • Kansas City Jewish Museum Invitational Exhibition (2003)

  • Central Region Women’s League of Conservative Judaism Convention, solo exhibition and keynote speaker, Canton, OH

  • Artist-in-Residence Program and keynote speaker, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation,Reston, VA (2002)

  • Solo exhibition, keynote speaker for Sisterhood Donor, Temple Israel, Akron, OH (2002)

  • Solo exhibition and keynote speaker for Sisterhood Donor at Rodef Shalom Temple,Pittsburgh, PA (2001)

  • National Solomon Shechter Award, silver medalist for Judaic Arts Programming (2001)

  • Solo Exhibition in conjunction with Artist-in-Residence Program at Temple Israel,Columbus, OH (2001)

  • Solo Exhibition at the Judaic Museum of Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, MI (2001)

  • “For Every Season” Jewish Ritual Art at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (2001)

  • Agnon Fine Art and Craft Exhibition, Cleveland, OH (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)

  • “Heaven on Earth” Divine Crafts Invitational at Goldman Art Gallery, Rockville, MD (2000)

  • Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum Contemporary Judaica Invitational, Phoenix, AZ (1998)

  • Judaic Art Invitational Temple Emanuel, Palm Beach, FL (1998)

  • Ma’yan: Jewish Women’s Project Invitational Exhibition, in cooperation with the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum (1997)

  • Spertus Museum International Judaica Exhibition Finalist (1996)

  • Ohio Designer Craftsmen Best of ‘95 Exhibition Finalist (1995)

  • American Corporate Identity Excellence in Design Award (1986)

  • Package Design Council of America Gold Medal (1981)

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