Philadelphia: Not First Place, But the Winner


Ryan Trecartin is one of three finalists chosen for a new $150,000 Temple University prize for artists, and the only Philadelphian.

Born in Texas, raised in Ohio, he's lived all over. How did he end up in South Philadelphia?

"I was moving around a lot with a group of friends," he told me yesterday. "We're all artists, and kept moving from city to city. We were in Los Angeles and had only one car. We all made a list of where to move. No one had Philadelphia as a first choice, but a lot of us had it as a third choice and all of us had it somewhere on the list. So we all did it."

The artist, at 28, is already getting profiled in the New York Times and selling work to major collectors.

Pictured: a still from A Family Finds Entertainment.