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Locus Magazine Issue 3 Release Party June 23

Artscape Announces The 2007 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize
Reception: Friday, July 13, 5:30-8pm
Award Announcement: 7pm at The Baltimore Museum of Art
The Exhibition Of The Finalists Will Be At The BMA, June 23-August 5, 2007

Finalists: Richard Cleaver ~ Frank Hallam Day ~ Eric Dyer ~ Geoff Grace ~ Gabriel Martinez ~ Tony Shore ~ Karen Yasinsky

The semifinalists will be exhibited at MICA’s Meyerhoff Gallery during Artscape. Semi-Finalists: Seth Adelsberger, Chul-Hyun Ahn, Lillian Bayley, Heather Boaz, Mark Cameron Boyd, Edward Brown, Lynn Cazabon, Richard Cleaver, Mary Coble, Kathryn Cornelius, Frank Hallam Day, Eric Dyer, Neil Feather, Shaun Flynn, Steven Frost, Dawn Gavin, Geoff Grace, Susannah Gust, Maren Hassinger, Sam Christian Holmes, Jason Horowitz, Courtney Jordan, Brian Kain, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Magnolia Laurie, Joey P. Manlapaz, Gabriel Martinez, Jeanette May, Lisa Moren, Brandon Morse, Jeremy Rountree, Erik Sandberg, Tony Shore, Molly Springfield, Deirtra Thompson, Ren Trevio, Karen Yasinsky, Jason Zimmerman

Feel free to vote for the most deserving artist of the group, and say WHY!, in the comments section.


Richard Cleaver is a sculptor and long time resident of Baltimore. He has exhibited his highly detailed hand-built ceramic and wood sculptures which are embellished with items such as fresh water pearls, garnets, Swarovski crystals and gold leaf, at venues throughout the country including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Baltimore Museum of Art, the International Sculpture Center, Washington, D.C.; and the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Erie Art Museum and the Museum of Ceramic Art in New York all boast pieces of Cleaver’s work in their permanent collections.

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He has also been awarded several Maryland State Arts Council Grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has won the Trawick Prize in 2003. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Frank Hallam Day, a photographer who lives and works in Washington, D.C., travels the globe capturing changing urban landscapes and societies. Correspondingly, his work has been shown globally in venues such as Civilian Art Projects and the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C., Otto Nagel Galerie in Berlin, the American Embassy in Athens, and Mois de la Photo in Dakar. He is also included in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Sackler Museum/Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution, the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and the Berlinische Galerie und Landesmuseum Berlin.

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Day has taught photography at the Washington Center for Photography and at the Smithsonian. He has been the recipient of several awards and has been recently reviewed in ARTnews, The Washington Post and the Washington City Paper.

Eric Dyer, a Baltimore native, has been working in film as an animator and director for more than 13 years. His animated shorts and videos have been featured in several film festivals around the world and have aired on several networks, including the Rome International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, MTV, MTV Europe, BET, and the Black Maria Film & Video Festival where he won Directors Choice Awards in 2005 and 2007. Dyer’s animated films are based on his other works, intricately detailed, flying-saucer-shaped zoetrope sculptures that he creates using enormous numbers of cut-out printed stills from video footage he takes on location.

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As a graduate of the Mount Royal School of Art, Dyer received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004; the next year he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Denmark. Dyer was a finalist for the inaugural Sondheim Prize in 2006. In addition to his many projects in film, he teaches Visual Arts and Animation at the University of Maryland Baltimore County – his other alma mater.

Geoff Grace, a highly active member of the Baltimore art and music scene, has exhibited extensively in the area and performs regularly with his band The Tall Grass. His exhibition history includes shows at Baltimore spaces Gallery Four, Maryland Art Place, the 5th Story, School 33 Art Center, the Rosenberg Gallery, the Contemporary Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art and Area 405, as well as public art pieces in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District and at Lexington and Howard Streets.

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Grace received this Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He currently teaches art and photography at Overlea High School in Baltimore County.

Baby Martinez, a 2001 graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, has been living and working in Washington for the past several years. Martinez’s work addresses the uplifting side of social interaction – for example, one work documents his project that placed $20 bills into random pants at a thrift store, giving the purchaser of said pants a surprise gift. His exhibition background includes exhibits at the Corcoran Museum of Art, Artspace in Miami, School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, and the Baltimore festival Artscape. Also, he has curated Exchange, a show that shared the work of artists from Baltimore and the Richmond Areas.

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Martinez has recently completed residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was also a finalist for the 2006 Sondheim Prize.

Tony Shore, a native Baltimorean and graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art, creates large paintings on dark velvet. He is represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore where he has had several solo exhibitions. He has also shown at various spaces including the Gomez Gallery in Baltimore, David Beitzel Gallery in New York, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Contemporary Arts Collective Gallery in Las Vegas. His awards include the Bethesda Painting Prize in 2006 and several Maryland State Arts Council Grants.

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Shore completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1996 and received his Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1997. He is currently among the faculty of the Foundations Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art and founding director of Access Art, a youth art center in Baltimore’s Morrell Park Neighborhood.

Karen Yasinsky is an artist living and working in Baltimore, primarily in the media of animated video, installation and drawing. She has exhibited extensively internationally in venues such as the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, NY; MoMA Film at the Grammercy Theater, NY; the International Film Festival Rotterdam and has upcoming shows at the Wexner Center, Columbus, and Mireille Mosler, Ltd., NY. She has also been reviewed widely by publications including the New York Times, zing magazine, Artforum, the Village Voice and Art in America.

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She is the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Foundation grant and teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Film/Media Studies. She is a founding board member of the Gunk Foundation, a private foundation for public art, and is represented in Munich by Sprueth Magers Projekte and in New York by Mireille Mosler, Ltd.

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