Semifinalists Announced for 15th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.


Location: One Charles Center, located at 100 N. Charles St. near Fayette Street.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the semifinalists for the 15th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. Thirty-five artists have been selected for the semifinal round by 2020 jurors Gary Carrion-Murayari, Nona Faustine and Diya Vij. The competition will award a $25,000 fellowship over twelve months to the winner, with each of the remaining finalists receiving an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. Semifinalists will be awarded a $500 honorarium, also partially financed by a gift from M&T Bank this year.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists

  • Lauren Francis Adams, Baltimore, MD
  • Sobia Ahmad, Silver Spring, MD
  • Stephanie Barber, Baltimore, MD
  • Miguel Braceli, Baltimore, MD
  • Mina Cheon, Baltimore, MD
  • Hasani Claxton, Towson, MD
  • Shannon Collis & Liz Donadio, Lutherville, MD & Baltimore, MD
  • Hoesy Corona, Baltimore, MD
  • Sue Crawford, Baltimore, MD
  • Leigh Davis, Washington, DC
  • Nicoletta de la Brown, Baltimore, MD
  • Tim Doud, Washington, DC
  • Elliot Doughtie, Baltimore, MD
  • Liz Ensz, Baltimore, MD
  • Arit Etukudo, Severn, MD
  • Phylicia Ghee, Randallstown, MD
  • Muriel Hasbun, Silver Spring, MD
  • Marnie Ellen Hetzler, Baltimore, MD
  • Taha Haydari, Baltimore, MD
  • Latoya Hobbs, Baltimore, MD
  • Phaan Howng, Baltimore, MD
  • Kei Ito, Baltimore, MD
  • Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron, Baltimore, MD
  • Amani Lewis, Baltimore, MD
  • Katherine Mann, Washington, DC
  • Danni O’Brien, Baltimore, MD
  • Liora Ostroff, Baltimore, MD
  • Zemer Peled, Baltimore, MD
  • Judith Pratt, Alexandria, VA
  • Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Washington, DC
  • John Ruppert, Towson, MD
  • Ginevra Shay, Baltimore, MD
  • strikeWare (Mollye Bendell, Jeffrey L. Gangwisch, Christopher Kojzar), Baltimore, MD
  • Savannah Wood, 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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