Sondheim Artscape Prize

Baltimore's most prestigious artist award. Image Credit: Mitro Hood, The Baltimore Museum of Art

Sondheim Artscape Prize
The 14th 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.

The Sondheim Artscape Prize also provides regional artists the opportunity to exhibit their works at the Walters Art Museum.

The finalists’ exhibition is on view Saturday, June 15–Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles St. An award ceremony and reception takes place Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm at the Walters. Galleries open at 10am. 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. The 2019 jurors are Laylah Ali, Regine Basha and William Powhida.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Timeline
Announcement of Semifinalists: Late February/early March 2019
Announcement of Finalists: Mid-April 2019
Finalist Exhibition: Saturday, June 15–Sunday, August 11, 2019
Award Announcement: Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm; Galleries open at 10am
Semifinalist Exhibition and Opening Reception: Late July
Artscape: Friday, July 19–Saturday, July 21, 2019

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)

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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