ArtPrize 09-Open Water no.24 by deviant_anomaly
ART PRIZE 2009-0032 by RichardD72
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
- Ran Ortner – Open Water no. 24
- Tracy Van Duinen – Imagine That!
- Eric Daigh – Portraits
- David Lubbers – The Grand Dance
- Bill Secunda – Moose
- Nessie Project – Nessie on the Grand
- John Douglas Powers – Field of Reeds
- Sarah Grant – The Furniture City Sets the Table for the World of Art
- Jason Hackenwerth – Ecstasy of The Scarlet Empress
- 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.