The Marble Institute of America (MIA) announces the addition of a new award for 2008. The prestigious Pinnacle Awards competition, which honors the best in genuine stone projects and craftsmanship from around the world, has added the Grande Pinnacle Award that will be awarded to the best winning entry across all categories.

The sponsor of the Grande Pinnacle Award is Marmomacc, of Verona, Italy. Designers at Marmomacc are also designing and creating a new and beautiful Grande Pinnacle Award. In addition to the actual award, the winner is also entitled to one round-trip economy airfare, four night hotel stay, meals and registration to Marmomacc 2009, a show that is held annually in Verona, Italy. Additional perks, such as an invitation to the Gala Dinner at the close of Marmomacc, will also be part of the winner’s package.

The Pinnacle Awards are open to all MIA members. Project teams must include at least one MIA member company. All submitted projects must comply with standards as defined in MIA’s Dimension Stone Design Manual and completed within the last three years (2005-2008). Multiple entries are encouraged and accepted.

Call for Entries for the Pinnacle Awards competition will officially be issued in the April MIA Cutting Edge Newsletter. Deadline for entries is July 10, 2008.

Winners of the Pinnacle Awards and the Grande Pinnacle Award will be announced at StonExpo 2008 in Las Vegas at the MIA Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 17.

For further details, contact MIA at (440) 250-9222, e-mail, or visit