The Mosaic Young Talent Award, a competition for the students of the third course of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, was officially presented.
Organized by the Associazione Culturale Naonis (Naonis Cultural Association) of Pordenone, the competition, now in its sixth edition, has as its theme The face as emotion: it is asked to interpret in mosaic the portrait of a famous person of Italian origin who has distinguished himself in the field of culture, of science, economics and entertainment in the United States.
Introduced by the director of the School Gian Piero Brovedani who underlined the fruitful collaboration of recent years with the Naonis Association, the architect Guglielmo Zanette, as art director and curator of the competition, illustrated the methods of participation and selection that see a jury award a cash prize to the best work. In the 2020 edition, the winning portraits were two, ex aequo, and the award ceremony took place on the opening night of the Mosaic Young Talent exhibition set up in the exhibition space of the Civic Museum of Natural History in Pordenone.
For the students of the School the Mosaic Young Talent Award represents a stimulus to creativity, as well as a test bed for future professional challenges; for mosaic enthusiasts and the curious it is an appointment where you can meet the eyes of famous people and admire the expressive power of contemporary mosaic. It is a portrait gallery that demonstrates the pupils’ ability to convey not only the physiognomy, but also the character and intensity of the subjects described with the cards.
One of the main reasons for the success of the Mosaic Young Talent Award can in fact be identified in the particular empathy that is created between the portrayed figure, the student performer and the future spectator. This was also confirmed by the successful exhibition held in the fall of 2019 at MarinMOCA, a museum of contemporary art in Novato, California with a selection of thirty portraits made since 2016 as part of Mosaic Young Talent.
Exhibitions are also planned for the participants of this edition: the first, in spring 2021, will be in nearby Pordenone to enhance the work done and make the territory aware of another of the many forms in which the ancient art of mosaic. Subsequently the works should fly overseas for an exhibition which will be accompanied by a rich catalog.