WAUWATOSA, WI -- Design ‘N Gather (DNG), the much-heralded, annual global tile mosaic design competition created by Artaic Innovative Mosaic and sponsored by Bostik has just begun ramping up for its 2017 edition. Forward-thinking architects, designers and mosaic design enthusiasts are invited to submit “beyond the threshold of imagination” designs for a larger-than life, backlit, tile mosaic mural to be permanently installed at the spectacular “Height of Decadence,” Hyde Bellagio nightclub overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, NV. Their challenge will be to come up with an amazingly creative, tour de force for the soon-to-be most highly photographed and wildly publicized “Selfie Studio” in the entire world. Entrants will qualify to win various attractive prizes, including the grand prize, an all-expenses paid, trip for two to Paris, France.

“Based on the outstanding success of last year’s event, Bostik, Artaic and MGM Resorts International are now partnering even more closely, focused on taking Design ‘N Gather 2017 to an even higher, more globally promoted level,” said Scott Banda, Bostik’s director of marketing & business development. “In particular, this is evidenced by the world-class location MGM has provided for us with one of their most prestigious, globally recognized resorts.”

All designs submitted must be created using Tylist, Artaic’s patented mosaic design software, and Artaic’s newly updated and expanded ⅜-inch vitreous glass tile materials, consisting of over 140 vibrant colors. The winning mosaic will be fabricated in Boston, MA, using Artaic’s robotic manufacturing technology and, Bostik’s Dimension RapidCure glass-filled grout, made of 60% recycled glass that allows light to pass through the grout joint and further illuminate adjacent tiles.

“At MGM resorts, we look at innovation and really pushing the envelope,” said Joyen M. Vakil, MGM Resorts’ SVP of design & development. “Design ‘N Gather obviously is about the mosaic medium. The products that are being utilized in DNG allow designers to express themselves seamlessly. Working with Bostik and Artaic and the technology brought to the table by them is fantastic”

DNG 2017 is quick, easy and free to enter. Registration is required, and participation is open to applicants from all design backgrounds including professionals, students and design enthusiasts. All submissions must be received not later than March 24, 2017. An esteemed panel of industry-specific experts will select the 10 finalists and ultimately, the grand prize winner.

A highly visible gallery consisting of DNG finalists will be on display at AIA Convention 2017 in Orlando, FL, April 27th to 29th. This same collection will also be showcased at HD Expo in Las Vegas, NV, May 3rd to 5th. Ultimately, the grand prize winner will be unveiled at an exclusive, VIP event sponsored by Bostik at Hyde Bellagio on May 4th.

“We’re continuing our mission,” summed up Dr. Ted Acworth, CEO/founder of Artaic. “Together with Bostik and MGM Resorts International, our goal is to revitalize global appreciation for mosaic tile design. And, in doing so, discover new and talented individuals who are ready to bring this time-honored design treatment again to the forefront.”