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Virtual Tour: Washington’s Marvelous Mosaics

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Sign Ups begin April 1 through the Smithsonian Residents Associates Program https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/


Like the myriad of small pieces of colored stone, tile, and glass that make up a mosaic, the Washington, DC area contains a surprising number of works that together provide a picture of the styles and techniques that mark an art form that’s been practiced since ancient times.

Join mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald for a virtual tour of a wide variety of local mosaic treasures at notable public sites, contemporary spaces, and federal and private buildings. Highlights include inside looks at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, home to glorious Byzantine-style mosaics and the remarkable catacomb-like Crypt Church; muralist Lumen Martin Winter’s marble, Italian glass, and gold 20th-century masterpieces in AFL-CIO’s headquarters on 16th Street; and many other hidden gems.

Q&A following.


This presentation is part of a spring series being offered by Smithsonian Resident Artists and Studio Arts Department. Bonnie has traveled extensively in Europe and North America and the vast majority of photographs shared are from those amazing adventures. To learn more about upcoming trips click “travel” tab above.

photo: by Bonnie Fitzgerald, mosaic can be found at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

Start On May 2, 2023
Duration 1 hour
Level Any
Hours Tuesday, 6:30 pm ET
Price $35.00

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