Conference 2023:
Forging New Paths

Travel & Explore

Meals & Networking

Vendor Marketplace

Workshops & Seminars

Field Sessions

Tours & Experiences

Mosaic Marathon

Exhibitions & Opportunities

Art Salon & Silent Auction







Hildreth Meiere Cathedral Mosaic

Christopher Forillo

Chicago, IL



Christopher Forillo is an admirer and enthusiast of fine art and architecture. His appreciation of these genres began to flourish when he became a volunteer docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. During the 17 years as an architecture docent, the opportunity to work for the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) as their Conference Manager emerged. 13 SAMA Conferences later, his admiration for mosaics expanded. The docent experience lead him to create mosaic art tours in downtown Chicago. Additionally, with SAMA he was responsible for creating mosaic art tours for each conference host city. While not a hands-on artist, he remains an advocate of the creative process and the beauty it brings to the world. 


Featured Sessions


MGAI Exhibition Opening

Friendships & Networking

Laurie Wells, Old World Stone - credit_Mark F Heffron

Education & Inspiration

Mary Clerkin Higgins on Restoration Panel, San Antonio 2019 - Photo Credit: Kyle J. Mickelson

Industry News & Information

Downtown Buffalo

Travel & Discovery