Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize

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The 2024 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize

Started in 2006, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize, which is is supported in part by the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council, awards $30,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. Approximately three finalists will be selected for the final review for the prizes and their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum. 

The purpose of the Sondheim Art Prize, and the finalists’ exhibition, is to assist in furthering the careers of visual artists or visual artist collaborators living and working in the greater Baltimore region. The prize is named in honor of Janet & Walter Sondheim, both of whom were instrumental in furthering arts & culture in Baltimore City. Janet Sondheim danced with the pioneering Denishawn Dancers, a legendary dance troupe founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Walter Sondheim, Jr. was one of Baltimore’s most important civic leaders for over 50 years. He was deeply involved in the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor and continued to be civically active until his death in 2007, serving as the senior advisor to the Greater Baltimore Committee.

BOPA ANNOUNCES 18 SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE 2024 SONDHEIM ART PRIZE

Baltimore, MD, February 22, 2024 — The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts(BOPA) proudly announces the semifinalists for the 19th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize, awarded by BOPA in partnership with the Walters Art Museum and supported by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). This year’s panel of accomplished jurors — Noel W. Anderson, Connie H. Choi, and Aaron Levi Garvey — have selected 18 visual artists and visual artist collaborators for the semifinal round. Each semifinalist will receive an exhibition at MICA’s Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries at Artscape, August 2–4, 2024.

For the second review, the semifinalists are asked to share an expanded submission — including up to 30 images or time-based works — and a description of how they will use the fellowship if selected. Three semifinalists will be selected for the final review for the Sondheim Art Prize, which will award $30,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. All three finalists will exhibit their work at the Walters Art Museum from July–September 2024.

 

 

The 2024 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize Semifinalists:

Helen Ascoli

Amy Boone-McCreesh

Thea Canlas

Alyssa Dennis

Sara Dittrich

Stephanie Garmey

Andrew Gray

Kei Ito

The 2024 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize Semifinalists:

Giulia Livi

Sam Mack

Charles Mason III

Eleisha Faith & Tonisha Hope McCorkle

Noah McWilliams

Mandy Morrison

Clarissa Pezone

Katie Pumphrey

Edgar Reyes

Julie Wills

2023 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize Winner: Abigail Lucien

BOPA proudly announces the winner of the 18th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize. Please join us in congratulating Abigail Lucien as the recipient of the $30,000 prize.

Abigail Lucien (they/she) is an interdisciplinary artist raised in Cap-Haitian, Haiti and Florida. Working in sculpture, poetry, video, and sound, their practice looks at ways cultural identities and inherited colonial structures transmit to the body and psyche by playfully challenging systems of assimilation through material.

Lucien was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, is a recipient of a 2020-21 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, and was the 2020 Harpo Emerging Artist Fellow. They hold a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Their work has exhibited at museums and institutions such as SculptureCenter (NY), MoMA PS1 (NY), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), UICA (Grand Rapids, MI), Museum of Fine Arts(Tallahassee, FL), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), as well as Vox Populi Gallery, Hide Tide Gallery, and The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

If you have questions about the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize contact Lou Joseph at 443-263-4339 or ljoseph@promotionandarts.org.

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