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.
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