KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)- The first winner of ArtPrize is back in West Michigan. Ran Ortner returned Thursday night to speak at a fundraiser to expand ArtPrize.
He and an official from Brooklyn Brewing Company led a conversation mash-up comparing the painting process to brewing beet.
Ortner tells WZZM 13 News that his ArtPrize winnings helped pay for his new, larger studio in Brooklyn, New York.
"It's wonderful. You know, a kind'a Cinderella story," said Ortner.
"One success is beginning the next. To have that kind of space is just an absolute gift and it's a gift I thank you all very much for. Thank you," said Ortner.
ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos emcee Thursday night's event at Steelcase University.
By Christa Graban