The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announced the finalists for the 16th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize today. The five individual artists selected as this year’s finalists are Hoesy Corona, Tsedaye Makonnen, Jonathan Monaghan, Lavar Munroe, and Hae Won Sohn. Each year, the visual art competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to the winner—a visual artist or collaborative group—living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. Finalists typically receive an honorarium to support their museum exhibition.
Although last year’s Sondheim Finalists exhibition was virtual because of Covid-19, we are thrilled that this year, the finalists’ work will be exhibited in person at the Walters Art Museum, on view Thursday, May 27, through Sunday, July 18, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Sondheim Artscape Prize will be announced during a special award ceremony on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Additionally, works by semifinalists not moving to the finals will be selected by BOPA curator Lou Joseph for a separate exhibition during the summer of 2021. The 2021 jurors are Naz Cuguoğlu, Michelle Grabner, and Meleko Mokgosi.
“The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is an important tradition for the Baltimore arts community and for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts,” said Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO at Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. “This is our annual opportunity to invest in and promote the talented visual artists that call our region home. We are thrilled to bring back the finalists’ exhibition in person this year through our partnership with the Walters Art Museum. An exhibition in a renowned arts institution such as the Walters is a remarkable opportunity for any artist. We are so thrilled to promote and further these artists’ careers for the 16th consecutive award of this annual prize.”
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