Sondheim Artscape Prize


Sondheim Artscape Prize
The 15th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 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.

New for this year, we will also be awarding a Sondheim Creative Residency, a six-week-long fully-funded residency at La Civatella Ranieri, in the Umbria region of Italy, to one of the remaining five finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize.


The finalists’ exhibition is on view through August 31, 2020 online. Each finalist not selected for the prize is presented with an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. The 2020 jurors are Gary Carrion-Murayari, Nona Faustine and Diya Vij.

Sondheim Artscape Prize Recipients
Past distinguished recipients of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize are:

2006 - Laure Drogoul (Baltimore, MD)
2007 - Tony Shore (Baltimore, MD)
2008 - Geoff Grace (Baltimore, MD)
2009 - Baltimore Development Cooperative (Baltimore, MD)
2010 - Ryan Hackett (Kennsington, MD)
2011 - Matthew Porterfield (Baltimore, MD)
2012 - Renee Stout (Washington, DC)
2013 - Gabriela Bulisova (Washington, DC )
2014 - Neil Feather (Baltimore, MD)
2015 - Wickerham & Lomax (Baltimore, MD)
2016 - FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture (Baltimore, MD)
2017 - Cindy Cheng (Baltimore, MD)
2018 - Erick Antonio Benitez (Baltimore, MD)
2019 - Akea Brionne Brown (Baltimore, MD)
2020 - LaToya M. Hobbs (Baltimore, MD)

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.

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