Sugar Skulls are an intrinsic part of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, so it seemed fitting that they should be included in the exhibition, “Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life,” curated by Mark Noll at Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg, Florida. Artists were invited to decorate plywood skull forms to raise some money for children’s art programming at the nonprofit organization. Sometimes simple ideas refuse to remain confined within their original scope and they take on a life of their own and grow into something not previously conceived. This book is the apotheosis of a simple idea. What started as a basic fundraising idea has grown into a marvelous collection of 160 Sugar Skulls and this book. This collection is as diverse in design as the artists who made them. Award-winning artists, students, stay-at-home moms, and even a Senior Field Service Engineer in charge of firefighting equipment training at airports, have produced these incredible creative designs. Word spread quickly about this project and artists from across the United States and Canada were eager to participate. Through each artist’s unique, personal vision the amazing works of art that are pictured in this book were created.