Shonda Bottke is an evolved self-taught mosaic artist. My ultimate goal for each mosaic is to create an interesting and dynamic piece of art while expressing my passion for the ocean, nature and conservation. As a mosaic artist, I get inspiration from nature and the minutiae in everyday objects. I look for the unique quality or hidden spirit of the glass I've selected for a mosaic and use that as the catalyst to create an organic and fluid mosaic. I incorporate at least one recycled item into each mosaic and utilize various materials to create depth and perspective within each piece. Since 2007, my art has been published in several art and literary magazines and books. I've exhibited in numerous art shows, galleries, and participated in several charity auctions. I was recently recognized at the University of Michigan's UpstART Festival. My nomination in the "UpstART Recognition Online Gallery 2014", as an integral member of the arts community at the University of Michigan, along with various talented students and faculty at the University of Michigan in art, music, and literature was a complete surprise and honor. In January 2014, I was honored again when my work was selected for a juried show at the Chicago Mosaic School's Gallery of Contemporary Mosaic Art. I regularly exhibit throughout the state with the Mosaic Artists of Michigan; I've exhibited the DFW Airport's National Arts Foundation Annual Exhibit 2007, 2008, 2010; the Ann Arbor Art Center's 2008 Annual All Media Exhibit; ArtPrize 2009 @ God's Kitchen & ArtPrize 2010 @ the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. I currently have a mosaic on permanent display at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital as part of the Mosaic Artists of Michigan donation. Additionally, I was one of many artists and volunteers who worked on the mosaic panels on currently on permanent display at the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens which were created by Yulia Hanansen.
Shonda's ArtPrize Entries
These are Shonda's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Shonda's Past Work
These are images of past work that Shonda has done.