Karen Ami

b.Chicago, MCMLXI

ArtAmiba Studio, Chicago

Founder/ Executive Director, The Chicago Mosaic School,  2005-Present


MFA, School of the Art Institute Chicago, 1995,  Sculpture, Ceramics

BFA. Tufts/Boston Museum School, 1986 Sculpture, Meso-American Art History

Post Baccalaureate Diploma. Boston Museum School, 1985

Independent Study: Mexico, 1984, Ireland, 1985, Ecuador and Costa Rica, 1986-1987, Nevis, West Indies, 1994, Italy, 2004

Selected Exhibitions.


“Savage Liasons”, GoCM Gallery Chicago, IL, Nov-Dec  ’19

“Savage Liasons” at SOFA CHICAGO, Oct 2019

“BiblioMosaico” Ravenna, Italy October 2019

Mosaic Arts International, The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN Jan-May ‘19


“The Text” SOFA Chicago/ GoCM Gallery, Chicago IL November ‘18

“The Text”, GoCM  Gallery,  Chicago, IL

“Marks That Make”, GoCM Gallery Chicago  Sept ’18- Nov ‘18

“Debut”, GoCM Gallery, Chicago IL July-Sept 18


“Variations”, GoCM Gallery/SOFA, Chicago, IL, November ‘17

“GoCM @ Gallery 1070” Chicago IL November ‘17- January ‘18

“Birth Marks” Solo Exhibition , SXU Gallery, Chicago, IL Sept ‘17

“Meditations on Suffering” at Chicago Sinai Synagogue, Illinois, June ’17

“Cuyler’s Last Stand” GoCM Chicago, Illinois January-February ‘17


“International 2016” Kyoto, Japan, December

“Organic”, Prairie State College, Illinois, November-December

“Manucripts” Chartres, France October – November

“Savage Curiosities” GoCM Chicago, Illinois, September-November

“ A Passover Story”, The Museum of Bibical Art, Dallas, Texas,  April


“Six by Six”- Atelier De Luca, Ravenna, Italy October- January 16

“Mosaici Dal Mundo” RavennaMosaico, Ravenna, Italy Oct-Nov

“Mosaics Abroad” Traveling Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, 2015-2016

“BiblioMosaico” Ravenna, Italy;  Riga, Latvia; Obernai, France  2014-2016

“Pictor Imaginarius”, Museo di Fiume, Nazzano, Italy, May

“MAI Invitational at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA March- April

“Prix Picassiette 2014”, Chartres, France, October- November

“Noir et Blanc”, Parlay le Monial, France, June-August

“Museum of Archeology Aquileia”, Aquileia, Italy, March- April

Selected Collections.

Chicago Sinai Synagogue, The Museum of Bibical Art, Dallas Texas, Columbia College, Chicago; CoolGlobes Permanent Collection, USA;   Severino Mosaic Collection, California;

Anshe Emet Synogogue, Chicago; TransArt Project, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, New York, London; City of Chicago

“Tesserae” Clauiano, Italy, March-April

“Tesserae” Gradisca d”Isonzo, Italy, March- April

“Learning Curve”, GoCM Gallery, Chicago Illinois, January


“Mosaic Yarismasi Competition”, Zeugma Museum, Gaziantep, Turkey, October

“Ardore”, Chapel St Eman, Chartres, France, October

“Bibliomosaico”, Ravenna Italy, October

“Mosaics dal Mundo” RavennaMosaico, Ravenna, Italy, October-November

“INTERSTICES”, Sucy en Brie, France June

“Pictor Imaginarius”,  Museo di Fiume, Nazzano, Italy, April

“Inside/Out II”, Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, Chicago, April


Prix Picassiette,  Chartres, France October

“Open Walls” City of Chicago 44th Ward Office, Chicago, November

“Transformations”, Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, Chicago

“Unbroken”, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, July

Inside/Out, Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, Chicago,

2011- 1996

Cool Globes, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011

SOCA Gallery, Chicago, December- March 2010

Cool Globes, Washington DC, Copenhagen, Geneva, Houston, 2010

OIMC Exhibition, Jerusalem, Israel March 2009

Our Roots Are Showing, CMS Gallery, March 2010

UnCorked, Ethnic Arts Center, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Sept-Nov 2009

Cool Globes, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco California 2009

An Ancient Language- A Modern Translation, Granville Center for the Arts, Garland Texas, Sept-Oct 2009

Ahlmquist Gallery, Winnetka IL 2009

Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, 2008

CMS Gallery, Chicago, 2006, 2007

Cool Globes, Washington, DC, 2008

CoolGlobes, Chicago, 2007

Vietnam Veterans Museum, Chicago 2006

Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA, 2005

Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco, 2004

ARC Gallery, Chicago 2004

TZ Gallery, Chicago, 2004

Uncommon Ground, Chicago, 1999

SAIC Gallery, Chicago, 1996

Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, 1995

Lannon Gallery, Chicago, 1991

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1996

Cyclorama Boston, 1996

Selected Publications.

Chicago Tribune, January 2019

Chicago Magazine  July 2018

Chicago Woman Magazine February 2018

Chicago Times September 2017

Edgeville Buzz, Chicago, March 2017