Jurors announced for 12th annual Sondheim Artscape Prize. Artscape 2018 information coming soon!

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the jurors for the 12th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.  The distinguished jurors for the 2017 competition are Ruba Katrib, Clifford Owens and Nat Trotman.  The prestigious competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region.  The application deadline is Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  A prospectus can be found online here. The prize is held in conjunction with the 36th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival.  An award ceremony and reception is held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7pm at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 North Charles Street. 


Ruba Katrib is a curator at the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, where she is responsible for organizing exhibitions, educational and public programs, publications, and for coordinating all aspects of program presentation. At the SculptureCenter she has produced the group exhibitions The Eccentrics (2015), Puddle, Pothole, Portal (2014) (co-curated with artist Camille Henrot), Better Homes (2013), and A Disagreeable Object (2012); and exhibitions with solo artists Rochelle Goldberg (2016), Anthea Hamilton, Gabriel Sierra, Magali Reus, Michael E. Smith, and Erika Verzutti (all 2015). Recently, she has also co-curated Visitors (2015) with Tom Eccles, a group exhibition of public art on Governors Island, New York. In her previous post as the associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, Florida, she organized several solo and group exhibitions including Dark Continents (2008) and The Reach of Realism (2009), which explored the traditions of realism within the digital age, as well as the first museum retrospectives of Cory Arcangel and Claire Fontaine (both 2010). Katrib has contributed texts for a number of publications and periodicals including Art in America, Parkett, and cura. magazine. Katrib received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where as an undergraduate in 2003 she co-founded the Chicago based non-profit arts group Threewalls. She received her Master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from Bard College in 2007.

Clifford Owens is a New York-based contemporary artist who works in multiple media: performance, photography, text and video.  His work, often combining more than one of these media, serves to challenge expectations of race and gender, time and space, power and permission, performer and spectator. His recent solo exhibitions include Hard & Fast, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York (2016); Clifford Owens: Selections from Anthology, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (2015); A Forum for Performance Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York (2014); Five Nights’ Worth, Performa 13, New York, New York (2013) and Clifford Owens: Anthology, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2012). Owens has performed or has also been included in dozens of group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including those recently at the Walter Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2014); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York (2014, 2013, 2012); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas (2013, 2012, 2011) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (2011). Owens’ work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. He has been awarded the William H. Johnson Prize (2012) and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2007), and has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2004); as well as a visiting artist at dozens of universities throughout the country. Owens was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland; he received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and his MFA from Rutgers University in 2000.

Nat Trotman, Curator, Performance and Media, joined the curatorial department at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2001, working on the blockbuster exhibition Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle.  Since  this triumph, he has curated several other large scale exhibitions for the Guggenheim campuses, including the exhibition currently on display, Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin: . . . circle through New York,  Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, co-curated with Nancy Spector and shown in New York (2016), James Turrell, co-curated with Carmen Giménez and shown in New York (2013), Pawel Althamer: Almech, shown in Berlin (2012), Found in Translation, shown in New York and Berlin (2011, 2012), Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, co-curated with Jennifer Blessing and shown in New York and Bilbao (2010, 2011), and Catherine Opie: American Photographer, as assistant curator with Jennifer Blessing and shown in New York (2009). He has also developed performative and site-specific projects for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum rotunda in New York in collaboration with artists such as Susan Philipsz (2010), Tino Sehgal (2010), Sharon Hayes (2009), Meredith Monk (2009), and Francesco Vezzoli (2007), among others. He is also charged with helping develop the Guggenheim’s collection of photography, video, and film, and is closely involved in the museum’s performance programming. In addition to catalogue essays for several of the above mentioned exhibitions, Trotman has published on Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys, Jane and Louise Wilson, among many others. Trotman holds an M.Phil. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he focused on performance, photography, and time-based art, and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Timeline
Announcement of semifinalists: Late February 2017
Announcement of finalists: Mid-April 2017
Finalists Exhibition at the Walters Art Museum: Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, August 13, 2017
Award announcement: Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7pm; Galleries open at 6pm
Semifinalist Exhibition at MICA: Friday, July 21, 2017 through Sunday, August 6, 2017
Semifinalist Exhibition opening reception: Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
Artscape: Friday, July 21-Sunday, July 23, 2017

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