Jonathan Mandell is an adjunct professor at Drexel Universityʼs Westphal College, as well as at PAFA. Utilizing such materials as hand blown glass shards, ceramic tile, semiprecious stones, minerals, mirror, marbles, Mandell creates tactile wall-mounted panels and sculptures.
Mandellʼs talent lies in the implementation of fundamental fine art concerns such as perspective, color composition and drawing into the medium of mosaic. His grout lines are designed to act as drawing lines, bringing his imagery to life. The glass shards are convex and concave pieces, allowing for a study of the surface topography of the mosaic. Mandell’s art demonstrates the juncture of sculpture, paint and drawing.
Mandellʼs mosaics are on permanent display at the National Constitution Center, the National Liberty Museum, the University of Pennsylvania, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the McGraw Hill Company in New York, Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL, among other sites throughout the country. Jonathanʼs latest public installation is a 8 x 6 ft mosaic created for Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Warden Lobby. His mosaics have been featured in The Bel Aire Hotel Magazine, Glass Art Magazine, and the Penn Gazette.
Jonathan Mandell teaches mosaic classes in the Continuing Education program.