By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
"Shaper of Beauty (Al-Musawwir)" by Andrew Kosorok (2011); Etched, painted, fired glass sewn with hemp, with pomegranate; 11 1/4″h x 14″w x 14″d
I spent a few days this week with honorary Mullah Andrew Kosorok, a master glass sculptor and stain-glass creator. Following 9/11, he began creating flat glass sculptures, like "Shaper of Beauty," to explore spiritual and cultural diversity/convergence, and questions of personal identity. Kosorok isn't a Muslim. He's a Latter-day Saint and lives in Provo, Utah, where he teaches. He is soft-spoken and builds bridges with his gentle magnetism. Andrew Kosorok was in town this week to award artist grants, and that makes his "Shaper of Beauty" my art of the week.

It's been an intensive week, and in addition to the committee work with Kosorok, we've also been nudging our Alpha Omega Arts supporters to vote for the 2019 artist of the year. The top five finalists of round #1 were announced last Sunday, and since then, your votes have placed Chicago-based artist Nick Cave into the top five. Are you an artist? Are you a collector? If you like what you see each week, please invite a friend to subscribe to our annual newsletter. You can also follow us weekly on TwitterFacebook, or Soundcloud because only supporters vote for the Alpha Omega Prize. It is our annual recognition each November 1st of one artist's impact on religious dialogue in America.
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The remaining five contenders for the 2019 Alpha Omega Prize for Contemporary Religious Art are:
Voter results from Round #1 of Alpha Omega Prize. Voting ends on October 31. 
22019 Finalist | Round 1 & 2 - Anila Quayyum Agha's "This is NOT a Refuge 1" (2019) 
2019 Finalist | Round 1 & 2 -Barnaby Barford’s “The Tree” (2019) in the exhibition “MORE, MORE, MORE”
2019 Finalist | Round 2 - Nick Cave Brings Pure Joy to Boston, Massachusetts
2019 Finalist | Round 1 & 2 -Patrick McGrath Muniz's "Cruz Y Ficcion" (2018)
2019 Finalist | Round 1 & 2 - Saya Woolfalk's “Encyclopedia of Cloud Divination,” (2018)