The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that the application for the 15th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is now available. 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. New for this year is the Sondheim Creative Residency, a six-week long fully funded residency at La Civatella Ranieri in the Umbria region of Italy, which will be awarded to one of the remaining finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize. The Sondheim Artscape Prize also provides regional artists the opportunity to exhibit their works at the Walters Art Museum. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 13, 2020. The application is available at www.promotionandarts.org and www.artscape.org.
The finalists’ exhibition is on view Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles St. An award ceremony and reception takes place Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 7pm at the Walters. Galleries open at 6pm. Admission to the exhibition and opening reception are free.
Each finalist not selected for the prize is presented with an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. Additionally, an exhibition of the semifinalists’ work will be featured during Artscape from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, 2020. The 2020 jurors are Gary Carrion-Murayari, Nona Faustine, and Diya Vij.
Past distinguished recipients of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize are Laure Drogoul (Baltimore, MD) in 2006; Tony Shore (Baltimore, MD) in 2007; Geoff Grace (Baltimore, MD) in 2008; Baltimore Development Cooperative (Baltimore, MD) in 2009; Ryan Hackett (Kennsington, MD) in 2010; Matthew Porterfield (Baltimore, MD) in 2011; Renee Stout (Washington, DC) in 2012; Gabriela Bulisova (Washington, DC ) in 2013; Neil Feather (Baltimore, MD) in 2014; Wickerham & Lomax (Baltimore, MD) in 2015; FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture (Baltimore, MD) in 2016; Cindy Cheng (Baltimore, MD) in 2017; Erick Antonio Benitez (Baltimore, MD) in 2018; and Akea Brionne Brown (Baltimore, MD) in 2019.
Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Estimated Timeline
Application Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020
Announcement of Semifinalists: Mid-February 2020
Announcement of Finalists: Mid-March 2020
Finalist Exhibition Press Preview: Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 10am
Opening Reception for Finalist Exhibition: Thursday, May 28, 2020, 6pm
Finalist Exhibition: Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
Award Announcement: Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 7pm; Galleries open at 6pm
Artscape: Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, 2020
2020 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Jurors
Gary Carrion-Murayari is the Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum in New York. Over the past nine years, he has curated solo exhibitions by artists including John Akomfrah, Phyllida Barlow, Ellen Gallagher, Haroon Mirza, Camille Henrot, Nari Ward, and Hans Haacke. He has co-curated several New Museum group exhibitions including, “Ghosts in the Machine,” “NYC 1993,” and the 2018 New Museum Triennial. He previously worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2003-2010 where he curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions including the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
Nona Faustine is a visual artist whose photographs focus on history, identity, and representation. Faustine’s images are in the collection of Studio Museum of Harlem, David C. Driskell Center at Maryland State University, Brooklyn Museum, and the Carnegie Museum. In 2019 Faustine was a Finalist in the Outwin Boochever Competition, NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Photography, Colene Brown Award and Anonymous Was A Woman Grantee.
Diya Vij is the Associate Curator of Public Programs at the High Line in New York where she organizes and oversees dozens of annual dynamic programs, performances, festivals, and series that use the High Line as a platform for artistic experimentation, critical dialogue, and civic connection. Prior to the High Line. Diya was the special projects manager for the Commissioner’s Unit in the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). She was previously a curatorial fellow and communications manager at the Queens Museum. Diya received her MA in Art History from Hunter College in 2015 and her BA from Bard College in 2008.
Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize
The Artscape prize is named in honor of Janet and Walter Sondheim who were 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 15th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with the 39th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Walters Art Museum. The 2020 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is made possible through the generous annual support of presenting sponsor M&T Bank. Additional funds come from an endowment established with the support of the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Amy and Chuck Newhall, Brown Advisory, Caplan Family Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Rosemore, Inc., Rouse Company Foundation, Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and Patricia and Mark Joseph/The Shelter Foundation. BOPA would additionally like to thank the more than 40 individuals who contributed to the Sondheim Prize Endowment Fund in 2017 in honor of former BOPA CEO Bill Gilmore.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.
For more information on the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, visit www.artscape.org or call 410-752-8632.