About Yulia Hanansen


Yulia Hanansen is a second-generation artist. Having mastered many techniques including mosaics, printmaking, drawing, painting, textiles, and more, Yulia has been professionally involved in mosaic making since 2001. She takes pride in her ability to be able to create art in a variety of media and in a vast array of themes. Her Mosaic Sphere Studio, LLC was the first mosaic studio/gallery in the state of Michigan to show and represent mosaic artwork. Studio is currently located in a charming city of Baltimore, Maryland, USA where Yulia works  and lives. Mosaics are made for commission, or they can be purchased from a thematically extensive collection of ready-made artworks. Pieces include architectural installations, back-splashes, wall art, public and community projects.


Yulia is a recipient of numerous awards for her mosaic and printmaking artwork, including "Best in Show" prize at Mosaic Arts International. Yulia's works have been exhibited in the galleries nationwide and internationally: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, San Diego, Mesa, Miami, Dalas, Ann Arbor, Grado, Italy, and other locations. Work has been collected by patrons in the USA, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Israel, Australia, Italy, South Korea, and South Pole.


Yulia's latest works represent her fascination with themes of nature, climate change, cosmos, and a connection of human beings to it. She is interested in depicting places and natural phenomena that are only noticeable with the help of technology. Her personal and experimental artwork uses layered glass mosaic technique, where tiles are glued on top of each other. This technique is about the infinity. Like in a brush-stroke painting, there is no end to a number of the brush-strokes that can be applied to the work surface. "Water", "Fire" and "Starscapes" series have been created in this technique. Yulia also has a passion for more earthly subjects such as flowers, landscapes, and close-ups of nature.


Yulia teaches mosaic art at the mosaic schools and art establishments throughout the US. In addition to mosaic-making Yulia is an adjunct printmaking professor at Towson University, Towson, MD.



M.F.A. 2000, Columbia University. New York, NY. Printmaking/Digital Media.

M.A. 1998, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI. Graphics.

B.F.A. 1996, Cooper Union. New York, NY. Graphics/Painting/Photography.


Ms. Hanansen has been trained in mosaics, large scale works, tapestry weaving, and academic drawing by Yakov and Angele Hanansen


Artist and Educator, Owner of Mosaic Sphere Studio, LLC.

Adjunct Professor, College of Arts and Communications, Towson University.




Selected Solo Shows

May-July, 2020

"Mosaic Works by Yulia Hanansen", featured artist at Andamento Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

November 2017-January 2018

"Mosaic Works by Yulia Hanansen", featured artist at Andamento Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

March 28-April 12, 2015

"Galaxy Garden: The Best of Two Worlds", Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, Baltimore, MD.

June 8-July 9, 2012

"Cosmic Powers Earthly Flowers", Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY.

March 29-May 25, 2011

"Starscapes", CMS Gallery, Chicago Mosaic School, Chicago, IL.

Nov 11-Dec 23 2005

"Impact: Crater Lakes, Imaginary and Real". Mosaic Sphere Studio, Ann Arbor, MI.

November 2002

"Future Myths of Space". Exhibition presented by Ann Arbor Art Center. Expresso Royale Cafe-Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI.

October 2002

“Stepping Into Space”. Michigan Guild Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI.

April 1999

“Terminal”. LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies Gallery. Columbia University, New York, NY.

February 1998

“Oasis”. W.Robbins Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

April 1996

“Cousin Colors”. Cooper Union, New York, NY.

November 1995

“Evolution”. Cooper Union, New York, NY.


“Works”. State Architect Union Gallery, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.


First Solo Show. City Artist Building Gallery, Andizhan, Uzbekistan.


Selected Group Shows

January-May 2019

Mosaic Arts International: Jurried art exhibition, Parthenon Building, Nasheville, TN. Showing "Genesis:First Light".

Mosaic Arts International 2019: Architectural & Site-Specific Mosaic exhibition, showcasing "Underwater Library" mosaic.

July-August 2018

A Juror for the National Juried Art Show.  Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY.

October 2017

”Ferment-Azione:  Wine & Alchemy in Mosaic Art”, Museo Civico Dei TerritorioPalazzo Locatelli, Cormons,  Italy. Showing "The Timeline of Wine" completed during residency at Clauiano Mosaics, Clauiano, Italy.

July-August 2017

Expo Delle Opere Del Clauiano Mosaic Symposium, Grado, Italy.

October-November, 2016

Faculty show, College of Fine Arts and Communications,Towson University,Towson, MD.

March 30-May 27, 2016

Mosaic Arts International, In Situ, San Diego, CA.

April-September 2016

“Symbols of Judaism”, Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas,TX.

March-Arpil 2016

Art of Stewardship, honorable mention. Howard Country Conservancy,Woodstock, MD.

March-April 2015

Mosaic Arts International, jurried art exhibition, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA. Showing "Forest Fire: A Walk in The Woods".

February-April 2014

"Shattering Expectations", an invitational exhibition of contemporary mosaic art, Philadelphia Magic Garden. Showcasing "Jupiter:Great Red Spot", "Landfall", amongst other works.

July-September 2013

"Signatures", a 15-artist invitational exhibition of contemporary mosaic art, Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA.

January-April 2013

Mosaic Arts International, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. Showing "Landfal" mosaic.

March-April 2013

"TransPosition", a group show of contemporary and experimental mosaic arts, Seattle, WA. Showing "Displaced Hurricane" mosaic.

October 2012

Showing "Fabric of the Universe", Towson University faculty show, Towson, MD

July 12-Aug 27 2012

"Terra Incognita", a 5-person group exhibition, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA.Showing "Starscapes" series.

Feb-March 2011

Mosaic Arts International, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX. Best in Show winner for "Jupiter:Great Red Spot" mosaic.

October-November 2010

"Art in Pieces", Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT.

October 2010

"New Work", Towson University faculty show, Towson, MD.

October 2010

Mosaic Arts Group Show, Smith Museum of Stained Glass, Chicago, IL.

July-August 2010

Mosaics on Cape Cod, International mosaic exhibition

April-June 2010

"Flights of Fancy", Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC.

March-July 2010

Mosaic Arts International, Smith Museum of Stained Glass, Chicago, IL.

December 2009-February 2010

Second Annual National Arts Program exhibition, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

August 2009

“Every Bit of Sole” group mosaic exhibition, Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI.

July 2009

“Reconnecting 2009” at Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI. "Moebius Drive" wins Viewers' Choice Award.

June 2009

"Cutting Edges: Contemporary Mosaic Art", international fine arts festival and the largest mosaic arts show in US, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR.

Jan-Feb 2009

“Imaging Universe” Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Sept-Dec 2008

“Inspired by...” Du Pont Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.

Sept-Nov 2008

“Little Bits of Sole", University of Michigan Taubman Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

July 18-August 8 2008

“Reconnecting 2008: 2nd Annual Alumni Show” Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

March-April 2008

“Mosaic Arts International” juried mosaic exhibition, Miami, FL.

June 2008

“Mosaic Train” permanent group installation of mosaic works. Children's hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI.

March-April 2007

“Mosaic Arts International” juried mosaic exhibition, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ.

February 2007

“MAPEI International” work was selected for MAPEI's 70th anniversary celebration. Show traveled to Las vegas, NV, Chicago, IL, and is on permanent display at MAPEI's headquarters in Milan, Italy.

January-February 2007

“Mardi Gras” Michigan mosaic artist group exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI.

April-May 2006

“Mosaics: Moments Captured in Glass ” mosaic exhibition at Ann Arbor Public Library, Ann Arbor, MI.

March 2006

“Beneath the Surface” juried mosaic exhibition, part of SAMA conference. High Risk Gallery, Chicago, IL.

March-April 2004

“Mosaics” show. Pfizer Company, Ann Arbor, MI.

February-April 2004

“Opus Veritas. Fragments of Truth”. Museo Italico, San Francisco, CA.

March-April 2003

“Print” show. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Best of Show award.

March-April 2002

“Print” show. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

January 2002

Universal Warning Sign Design for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility. Barrick Museum, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV.

November-December 2001

Fine Arts Group Show. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

May-June 2000

MFA Thesis Show at Spice Factory Gallery, New York, NY.

March 2000

“Objects of Desire”. LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies Gallery, New York, NY.

January 1999

“Beyond the Surface”. Paint Creek Art Center, Rochester, MI.

August 1998

Group Show, Jadeite Galleries, New York, NY.

March 1998

“PROGRESS”. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.


Work is featured at Nassau County Museum bookstore, NY.

November 1996

Group Women Show, Russian Museum, Jersey City, NJ.

April 1995 & 1991

National Arts Club, New York, NY.


Art Residency

2017, June-July

International Mosaic Symposium, Clauiano, Italy. Yulia has been chosen to complete a 2 week art residency with 9 other mosaic artists from around the world.Artists completed individual pieces to be exhibited during the Mosaic Symposium and later to travel around European countries. Project sponsored by Clauiano Mosaics.


Awards and Grants

First Place in Mosaic category

Delphi Stained Glass, on-line juried show, April 2017. Lansing, MI.

Honorable Mention

Art of Stewardship, Howard County conservancy, 2016.

Best of Show Award

For "Jupiter: Great Red Spot" mosaic. Mosaic Arts International 2011 exhibition. Austin, TX.

Golden Paint Brush Award

For "Great Lakes Ecosystem" mural. Award is given for an outstanding public artwork in the city of Ann Arbor, MI. c.2009.

People's Choice Award

For "Moebius Drive" mosaic. Award is given for an outstanding artwork in the University of Michigan Alumni Show, Ann Arbor, MI. c.2009.

Ann Arbor Public Schools grant

to create "Habits of Mind" 16-panel installation, using help of Scarlett Middle School students, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007.

Teacher of the Year Award, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 2003.

Best of Show Award “Print” show. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI. c.2002.

Honorable Mention, Universal Warning Sign Design for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility. Las Vegas, NV. c.2002.

LeRoy Neiman Fellow

LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY. c.1998-2000.

Presidential Purchase Award.

Kingsborough, CUNY, New York, NY. c.1992


Selected Publications, Books, and Articles

"Mosaic Magic" article, “Towson Lifestyle” magazine, Towson, MD, may 2019 issue.

“Mosaique” magazine, France.Winter 2016 issue, 2012 issue.

"Peony Impromptu" mosaic is featured in "Architectural Digest", Legend/Teigen residency article, February 2015.

"Mosaique" Magazine, summer 2014 issue, an article about "Shattering Expectations" show.

"Groutline", "Layered Technique" article.

"Mosaic Art Now", an article in the international mosaic art magazine, 2013.

"Mosaic Art Now", an article in the international mosaic art magazine, 2012.

"Breakout! Your Pathway to Success", book by Britt Hammer Dijcks, a chapter on Yulia Hanansen's work, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2010.

"Mosaic Art Now", an article in the international mosaic art magazine, 2010.

"Mosaic Art 2007", international CD portfolio of mosaic art, 2008.

"Yulia Hanansen", front cover and an article in a "Groutline" newsletter of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, summer 2008, V9 #3.

"An Inspiration to All", "Stained Glass News", by Julie Bishop Day, 2008.

"Inspired by... Contemporary Mosaics and the Historical Tradition", University of Mary Washington press, 2008.

"Mosaic: Finding Your Voice" book, by Britt Hammer Dijcks, 2008.

"Stunning New Art at the Gardens", Matthaei Botanical Gardens publication, University of Michigan, summer 2008.

"Best of Mosaic Art" magazine, 2008.

"The Medina Sun", January 10, 2008 issue.

"Artistry at Medina Library", "Acron Beacon Journal", Dec 2007.

"Include Mosaic Artist.." Ann Arbor News, Dec. 2007.

"Mosaic Art 2006", international CD portfolio of mosaic art, 2007.

"Ann Arbor Observer", June, 2006.

"Mosaic Art 2005", international CD portfolio of mosaic art, 2006.

"SAMA Artists Collaborate" Groutline Magazine, V6 Issue 2, Spring 2005.

"Grand Rapids Press" "Mosaic Wall Honors Donors, Religions", January issue, 2005.

Mosaic Mercantile Online Gallery, 9/2003-Present.

"Ann Arbor News", "Color Her Delighted, 5/30/2003.

"Ann Arbor Observer", "Mosaic Sphere Opens on Ashley", May issue, 2003.

SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists" website Gallery.

"K Code Magazine", Italy, Dec. 2002

“Las Vegas Weekly”, “It’s About Time”, 6/6/2002.

“Ann Arbor News”, 4/6/2002, “Printmaking display both wild, colorful”.

“Photographer’s Forum” “Annual Student Photography Book”. c.1998


Membership and Organizations

SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists), professional member, educational committee member.

CMA (Contemporary Mosaic Art), member.

Mosaic Artists of Michigan (past member).

Columbia University Alumni Association, member.

University of Michigan Alumni Association, member.

Cooper Union Alumni Association, member.


Mural and Installation Projects


“Underwater Library” mural, Elkridge Library, Howard County Library System, MD.


“Epic” mural, private residence, Baltimore, MD.


"We Remember" mosaic mural at Elesavetgrad Cemetery,Washington, DC.


“Great Lakes Ecosystem” 8-panel mosaic mural designed for University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Made possible with the help of volunteers. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.


“Chippewa Creek ” 116 sq ft (8'x14.5', 2.44m x 4.42m) stained glass tile mural, Medina District Public Library, Medina, Ohio.


“Terminal” gallery installation. LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York, NY.


Comic Opera Guild, Ann Arbor, MI. Stage designer for "Orpheus in the Underworld" 1998 season production.


“Oasis” print work installation, W.Robbins Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.


“Forest”, mural in Gail Buckland Residence, Westfield, NJ.


“Carousel” children’s boutique store. Austin St, Queens, NY. Mural. site Copyright © by Yulia Hanansen

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