A Brooklyn, N.Y., artist has won the $250,000 top prize offered in a new art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Ran Ortner and his painting “Open Water no.24” topped the voting among ten finalists competing for a total of $449,000 in prize money in the first ArtPrize event. The winner was announced Thursday night.
Tracy Van Duinen of Chicago receives $100,000 for second place with her mural “Imagine That!” and Eric Daigh of Traverse City, Mich., places third and wins $50,000 for his series of portraits created with pushpins.
The remaining seven finalists each receive $7,000.
The public has selected the finalists and winners “American Idol”-style from among 1,262 works displayed throughout downtown Grand Rapids.