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About the Artist


Ilona Brustad

Artist Statement

"When I took my first mosaic workshop, my response was immediate and intense. I needed to make mosaics. As a painter for 20 years, I had always been charmed by the intense colors of Rouault and the primitive painters of Haiti. Consequently, I found the shift to the color and texture possibilities of mosaics natural and intriguing. Since that first mosaic class I have experimented with a variety of materials including glass, porcelain, stones, beads, found objects, and hand made tiles, to create unique innovative work."

Ilona received her BA degree from Wayne State University with a major in English and education. After teaching English for a few years, she returned to Wayne State and worked toward the BFA fine arts degree with a major in painting. Later, she attended Eastern Michigan University where she received an MA degree in TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

She continued painting, part-time, while teaching at Washtenaw Community College. Since retiring from teaching Ilona has devoted her efforts to art on a full-time basis.

Published Works

Ilona’s work is featured in the following publications:
  • The Mosaic Artist’s Bible of Techniques by Teresa Mills
  • Breakout! Your Pathway to Success by Brit Hammer-Dijcks
  • In Drought Time, Scenes from Rural and Small Town Life
    Edited by Douglas M. Smith, Melody Vassoff, and Karen Woollams

  • Chelsea Painters Celebrating Their Art, by Chelsea Painters

  • Mosaic Art Today by Jeffrey B. Snyder, Editor

  • Mosaic Fine Art ABSTRACTS, by Mosaic Fine Art Books


  • Chelsea Painters
  • Ann Arbor Women Artists
  • Mosaic Artists of Michigan
  • Contemporary Mosaic Arts


Community Projects

Collaborative mural at Providence Hospital
Novi, Michigan

Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA)
Collaborative Mural
Chicago, Illinois

Family Place Mosaic Project
Against Domestic Violence
Collaborative Mural
Dallas, Texas

Make it Mosaics
Southfield Library Project
Arts and Science Saturdays
Southfield, Michigan

Doctors Without Borders
Mosaic Auction
Northville, Michigan
April 27, 2011


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