Grand Rapids ArtPrize: We have a winner!


ArtPrize 09-Open Water no.24 by deviant_anomaly
ART PRIZE 2009-0032
ART PRIZE 2009-0032 by RichardD72


AND THE WINNER IS… by rkramer62

DETAIL FROM WINNERS CANVAS
DETAIL FROM WINNERS CANVAS by bitsorf

The first-ever ArtPrize in Grand Rapids has ended with Open Water no. 24, a 6′ x 19′ oil painting by Ran Ortner being chosen as the winner by public vote from 1,262 artists who exhibited at 157 venues across the city. A former pro motorcycle racer, Ortner will receive a quarter of a million dollars for his finish. The Freep reports:

Ortner said he was stunned by his win. “Wow. Exhilarating, captivating, ridiculous. Can’t get my head around it.”

It means a lot to him that those choosing his work were not professional art critics but people who were moved by his work. “There’s been a heart connection here,” he said.

And it has been good for those who voted, Ortner said. “All of a sudden, those who know nothing about art have an opinion that matters,” he said. “It really has a life larger than anything anybody anticipated.”

ArtPrize 2009 Winners

  1. Ran Ortner – Open Water no. 24
  2. Tracy Van Duinen – Imagine That!
  3. Eric Daigh – Portraits
  4. David Lubbers – The Grand Dance
  5. Bill Secunda – Moose
  6. Nessie Project – Nessie on the Grand
  7. John Douglas Powers – Field of Reeds
  8. Sarah Grant – The Furniture City Sets the Table for the World of Art
  9. Jason Hackenwerth – Ecstasy of The Scarlet Empress
  10. Michael Westra – winddancer 2

You can get some more links to coverage at Who won ArtPrize? on the ArtPrize blog and stay tuned to absolutemichigan.com/ArtPrize for news about ArtPrize 2010!

Check out this video below for some scenes from the Winners Celebration – the close of this dance number is really impressive!

More videos can be found at ArtPrize 2009 Absolute Michigan.

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