Sondheim Artscape Prize

Baltimore's most prestigious artist award.

Sondheim Artscape Prize
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the finalists for the 13th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The prestigious prize awards a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region.The finalists are: Erick Antonio Benitez, Nakeya Brown, Sutton Demlong, Nate Larson, Eunice Park and Stephen Towns.

The prize is held in conjunction with the 37th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival taking place Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22, 2018 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Timeline
Finalists Exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art: Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, August 5, 2018
Award announcemen
at the Baltimore Museum of Art: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 7pm; Galleries open at 6pm
Semifinalist Exhibition at MICA: Friday, July 20, 2018 through Sunday, August 5, 2018
Semifinalist Exhibition opening reception: Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm
at MICA, located at 1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Artscape: Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22, 2018

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.

The 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is made possible through the generous support of the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Brightside Foundation, Brown Advisory Charitable Foundation, Caplan Family Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Hecht-Levi Foundation, M&T Bank, Legg Mason, Amy & Chuck Newhall, Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Rosemore, Inc., Rouse Company Foundation, M. Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim and William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

With special thanks to those making contributions to the Sondheim Prize in honor of former BOPA CEO Bill Gilmore: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Dr. Frank Marino Foundation, Days Inn Inner Harbor, Suzanne Cohen, Lois and Irving Blum Foundation, Nancy Hackerman, E. Scott Johnson, Kathleen Basham, James Adams, Barbara Bozzuto, Elizabeth Bruen, Elizabeth Freeman, Rosalind Healy, Hopkinson Family Fund, Alyce Myatt, Paula Rome, Kathy Sher, Andrea Vernot & Brent Burkhardt, Laura Burrows, Alexander Baer, Linda Blume, H. Chace Davis, Stanford Gann, Mark Klotzbach, Sarah McCafferty & Andrew Lapayowker, Leslie Helen Shepard, and Janet Marie Smith.

For more information on the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, call 410-752-8632.

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