Santa Ana artist Mia Tavonatti's 13-foot-tall tesserae work, "Crucifixion", is an accomplished example of what a Baptist friend of mine called "holy card art". ArtPrize winners undeniably appeal to voters' need to recognize skilled craft, which they take as proof of sincere care about the object, and respect for viewers. Photo credit: Grand Rapids Press/

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