ArtPrize Winner, Cruxifixion to be Installed at Cornerstone University

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Last year's ArtPrize winning entry will move from storage to be displayed at the university indefinitely.

ArtPrize 2011 winning entry, Crucifixion, by artist Mia Tavonatti, will be transported from the Grand Rapids Public Museum archives to Cornerstone University and installed in the university's seminary building today, Sept. 4.

The 9x13 foot, 425 lb. stained glass mosaic, was transported from Santa Ana., Calif., last year to be entered in the international competition. The unique competition allows the public to vote on thousands of art pieces displayed throughout the city at numerous venues.

About $560,000 in prizes are awarded to the top 10. Prizes are funded by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

The Cruxifixion, that began as an altarpiece for a new Roman Catholic Church in Orange County, Calif., will be available for public viewing Sept. 15 just before ArtPrize 2012 opens.

This year the public competition will include 1,517 art pieces from 46 countries and 41 states. More than 400,000 viewers are expected to participate in the three week-long event.

For more information about ArtPrize, visit or Cornerstone University, visit

About Cornerstone University:
Cornerstone University is a distinctively Christian, multi-denominational university located on 130 acres in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cornerstone offers its 2,100 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students an empowering education that enables them to apply unchanging biblical principles in a rapidly changing world.

If you’d like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please call Kelli Cottrell at 616.222.1421 ext. 1276 or e-mail kelli.cottrell (at) cornerstone (dot) edu.

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