, a San Francisco-born, Alaska-raised, Brooklyn-based painter and installation artist whose central motif is the wave and whose work represented by Causey Contemporary
in Williamsburg, has won this year's edition of ArtPrize
. Set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ArtPrize boasts the world's biggest prize for contemporary artists: according to ArtsBeat
, Ortner just earned himself a cool $250,000 for "Open Water No. 24" (pictured), which received the greatest share of the more than 334,000 votes cast in the two-week competition held at 159 locations throughout Grand Rapids and featuring about 1,200 participating artists. Click here
for more details on the competition and the runners-up.