The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the jurors for the 13th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.


Lauren Cornell is the Director of the Graduate Program and Chief Curator at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hessel Museum of Art. Formerly she was the Curator and Associate Director of Technology Initiatives at the New Museum. There she curated the 2015 New Museum Triennial, Surround Audience with artist Ryan Trecartin, as well as Beatriz Santiago Munoz: Song, Strategy, Sign with Johanna Burton and Sara O’Keeffe (2016); Walking, Drifting, Dragging (2013); Free (2010); and Younger than Jesus with Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman (2009); among other exhibitions. At the New Museum, Cornell organized over fifty performances, screenings, and conversations and commissioned more than one hundred new works. In 2010, she founded the annual conference Seven on Seven and, in 2016, she cofounded Open Score, an annual forum exploring issues in art and technology. From 2005–2012, she served as executive director of Rhizome, an organization that commissions, exhibits, and preserves art engaged with technology. From 2002–2004, she served as executive director of Ocularis, a now-closed cinema in Brooklyn. She is a coeditor with Ed Haltr, of Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (New Museum and MIT Press, 2015), and has contributed to publications including ArtReview, Aperture, Frieze, Mousse, North Drive Press, and the Paris Review. Since 2013, she has been on the faculty of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She co-organized the Hessel Museum’s tenth anniversary exhibition, Invisible Adversaries (2016) with Tom Eccles. Cornell was also the recipient of ArtTable’s 2017 New Leadership Award.

Margot Norton is Curator at the New Museum, New York, where she has curated and co-curated several solo exhibitions: Kaari Upson: Good thing you are not alone (2017), Pia Camil: A Pot for a Latch (2016), Goshka Macuga: Time as Fabric (2016), Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest (2016), Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld (2015), Chris Ofili: Night and Day (2014), Laure Prouvost: For Forgetting (2014), Erika Vogt: Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll (2013), Judith Bernstein: Hard (2012), Tacita Dean: Five Americans (2012), among others. Her curatorial work at the New Museum also includes group exhibitions: The Keeper (2016); Here and Elsewhere (2014), a major exhibition of contemporary art from the Arab world; and NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star (2013), and she is currently working on exhibitions with Sara Magenheimer and Nathaniel Mellors, opening at the New Museum in February 2018. Prior to joining the curatorial team at the New Museum, she was Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Norton also recently curated Sequences VII: Elastic Hours, at the 8th Sequences Real Time Art Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland (October 6—15, 2017). Norton has lectured and published on contemporary art and holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and former public high school teacher from East Palo Alto, CA. Rasheed’s installation based artwork examine language as it relates to constructions of Black subjectivity.  This work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues including the Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy, 2017), Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, 2017), Printed Matter (New York, NY, 2017), Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, NY, 2016), Bronx Museum (New York, NY, 2016), The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY, 2015) and the Queens Museum (New York, NY, 2015), among many others.  She frequently lectures at museums, galleries and universities, including presentations featured at the Kitchen (New York, NY), Gavin Brown Enterprises (New York, NY), New Museum (New York), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Museum of Modern Art‎ (New York, NY), Museum of Modern Art‎ PS1 (New York, NY), Creative Time (New York, NY), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York, NY), New York University, Parsons (New York, NY), Northwestern University (Chicago, IL), University of Maryland (College Park, MD), Williams College (Williamstown, MA), and Columbia University (New York, NY), among others. Her work has been written about Artforum, Guernica Magazine, the New York Times, Art 21, Wall Street Journal, and ArtSlant.

Recently shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize in 2017, she is the recipient of several other awards and honors including The Laundromat Project Alumni Award for Art in Community (2017), Harpo Foundation Grant (2016), Magnum Foundation Grant (2016), Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Residency (2016), Triple Canopy Commission at New York Public Library Labs (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship (2015), Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), New York Artadia Grant (2015), Art Matters Grant (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant (2014), The Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship (2013), Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency (2012), among several others. Rasheed is also the founder of Mapping the Spirit, a digital archive that documents the textures and nuance of Black religious experience in the United States through longform interviews, photography, video, and ephemera. A 2006 Amy Biehl Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College (2006) and a Master of Education from Stanford University (2008).

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize
The Artscape prize is named in honor of Janet and Walter Sondheim who have been instrumental in creating the Baltimore City that exists today.  Walter Sondheim, Jr. had been one of Baltimore’s most important civic leaders for over 50 years.  His accomplishments included oversight of the desegregation of the Baltimore City Public Schools in 1954 when he was president of the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City.  Later, he was deeply involved in the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor.  He continued to be active in civic and educational activities in the city and state and served as the senior advisor to the Greater Baltimore Committee until his death in February 2007.

Janet Sondheim danced with the pioneering Denishawn Dancers, a legendary dance troupe founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Later, she turned to teaching where she spent 15 years at the Children’s Guild working with severely emotionally disturbed children. After retirement, she was a volunteer tutor at Highlandtown Elementary School. She married Walter in 1934, and they were together until her death in 1992.

America's largest free arts festival, attracting more than 350,000 attendees, offers concerts on multiple outdoor stages, art exhibitions, an artists’ market, a full schedule of dance, theater and opera, jazz, classical, folk and experimental music, children’s activities, exhibitors, and an extensive variety of local food and beverage vendors on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.

The 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is made possible through the generous support of the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Brightside Foundation, Brown Advisory Charitable Foundation, Caplan Family Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, Amy & Chuck Newhall, Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Rosemore, Inc., Rouse Company Foundation, M. Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim and William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

With special thanks to those making contributions to the Sondheim Prize in honor of former BOPA CEO Bill Gilmore: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Dr. Frank Marino Foundation, Days Inn Inner Harbor, Suzanne Cohen, Lois and Irving Blum Foundation, Nancy Hackerman, E. Scott Johnson, Kathleen Basham, James Adams, Barbara Bozzuto, Elizabeth Bruen, Elizabeth Freeman, Rosalind Healy, Hopkinson Family Fund, Alyce Myatt, Paula Rome, Kathy Sher, Andrea Vernot & Brent Burkhardt, Laura Burrows, Alexander Baer, Linda Blume, H. Chace Davis, Stanford Gann, Mark Klotzbach, Sarah McCafferty & Andrew Lapayowker, Leslie Helen Shepard, and Janet Marie Smith.

Special thanks to M&T Bank for their annual support of the program, which includes the finalists' honorarium.

For more information on the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, call 410-752-8632.

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