Semifinalists Announced for 11th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the semifinalists for the 11th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The 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. For 2016, 38 individual artists and one artist team have been selected as semifinalists.
2016 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists
The Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with the annual Artscape juried exhibition and produced with the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Approximately six finalists are selected for the final review for the prize. Their work is showcased in the Thalheimer Galleries at The Baltimore Museum of Art from Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, July 31, 2016. Additionally, an exhibition of the semifinalists’ work is shown in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of MICA on Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 31, 2016. An opening reception for the semifinalist exhibition takes place Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm at MICA, located at 1303 W. Mount Royal Avenue.
The fellowship winner is selected from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition after review of the installed art and an interview with each finalist by the jurors. Jurors for 2016 include executive director and chief curator at The Kitchen Tim Griffin, assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum Rujeko Hockley and curator and co-organizer of the Whitney Biennial Mia Locks. Artist collaborators, if chosen as the winner or finalist, receive a single $25,000 prize that is equally divided among the members of the group.
Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Timeline
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.
For more information on the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, call 410-752-8632.