Mia Tavonatti’s “Crucifixion” Makes ArtPrize Top Ten

Mia Tavonatti is back in a familiar place at the third annual ArtPrize competition, as Rick DeVos announced her entry “Crucifixion” as one of the Top 10 finalists for ArtPrize 2011.  The Iron Mountain native took home second place and $100,000 last year with her entry “Svelata.” Tavonatti, who now lives in Santa Ana, California, is the only DeVos Place artist to make this year’s Top 10.  

Tavonatti’s entry didn’t just happen overnight, as it took her over 2500 hours to complete the work.  She created it to be an altarpiece for the new Saint Kilian's Catholic Church in Orange County, California.  The piece was made by photographing a model in the woods that was tied to wooden beams and wore a crown of thorns.  She then layered the artwork with photographs she took of sunsets in Hawaii and Italy.  The piece is 9’ x 13’ and weighs 425 lbs. 

You can vote up for Mia Tavonatti with text ID 43821 and at artprize.org.  Voting ends next Wednesday at 11:59 PM.  The ArtPrize Winners Announcement will be at DeVos Performance Hall next Thursday at 6:30 PM, followed by the Afterglow in DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom.