Reading

Hae Won Sohn Wins 2021 Sondheim Artscape Prize

Previous Story
Article Image

The News: Inspector General Questions BPD Benefit [...]

Next Story
Article Image

Tiffany Ward Aims to Connect Artists Across the A [...]

Hae Won Sohn has won the $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, according to a press release from Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts.

Jurors Naz Cuguoğlu, Michelle Grabner, and Meleko Mokgosi selected the winner of the $25,000 fellowship from a pool of five finalists which also included Hoesy Corona, Tsedaye Makonnen, Jonathan Monaghan, and Lavar Munroe. The remaining finalists will each receive a $2,500 prize sponsored by M&T Bank. (The press release also said the winner was announced live on Facebook and YouTube Thursday evening, however the live stream did not occur; BOPA could not be reached for comment.)

The annual competition is open to visual artists and collectives who live and work in the greater Baltimore region, and finalists have the opportunity to exhibit their work—typically in a museum show. This year and in recent years, the Sondheim Finalist Exhibition has taken place at the Walters Art Museum, with the exception of 2020, when the exhibition was entirely virtual due to the pandemic.

“I was definitely surprised,” Sohn said in BOPA’s press release. “I would say that everyone would be surprised to know that they’re selected for any kind of competition or prize. Even though I do have confidence in my work, I think the artists that were showing with me, their work, it’s amazing.”

The Sondheim Finalist Exhibition is on view at the Walters through July 18.

Read BmoreArt’s coverage of the Sondheim Finalist Exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, featuring reviews of each finalist’s work:

Hae Won Sohn

Tsedaye Makonnen

Hoesy Corona

Lavar Munroe

Jonathan Monaghan

Read more about Sohn’s creative process in this interview with Suzy Kopf from July 2020.

 

More about the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, via BOPA:

The Artscape prize is named in honor of Janet and Walter Sondheim who were 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.

 

2021 Sondheim finalists’ bios:

Hae Won Sohn (Baltimore, MD) is a visual artist and craftswoman from Seoul, South Korea. In her practice, the artist utilizes studio-artifacts such as broken molds or material remnants; further incorporating the action of de-/reconstruction in her (re)development of form and object-history. While her process metaphorically references the archeological procedures and geographical phenomena, her studio-practice incorporates conscious improvisation and the autonomy of material as a structural and conceptual foundation; further proposing a system built upon failure as a parallel model to success.

Being selected as a finalist for the inaugural Galerie Emerging Artist Award (2019) by Galerie Magazine, Sohn’s most recent body of work was exhibited at Emmanuel Barbault Gallery (New York, NY) as part of Monologue aside (2020), her gallery solo. Her work also has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Emmanuel Barbault Gallery, New York, NY; Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; MONO Practice, Baltimore, MD; Next Step Studio & Gallery, Ferndale, MI; Zahoorul Akhlaq Gallery of National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan; and Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art, Seoul, South Korea.

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Sohn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the College of Design at Kookmin University located in Seoul, South Korea, and her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Web: haewonsohn.com

IG: @haewsohn

Bret McCabe’s review of Hae Won Sohn’s Sondheim finalist exhibition

 

 

Hoesy Corona (Baltimore, MD) is an emerging and uncategorized queer Mexican artist living and working in the United States. He makes work across a variety of media spanning installation, performance, and video. He is a recent Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow 2017-2018 in Washington, DC and a Tulsa Artist Fellow 2019 & 2020 in Tulsa, OK. He creates otherworldly narratives centering marginalized individuals in society by exploring a process based practice that investigates what it means to be a queer Latinx immigrant in a place where there are few.

Hoesy has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in the United States and abroad. His colorful sculptural works fitted to the human body have been presented at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Transformer DC, and The Reach at The Kennedy Center. His research has been supported by various regional and national grants, including The Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, The Ruby’s Artist Grant, The MAP Fund Grant, and The Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant among others. In recent years Hoesy has been in residence at Ox-Box School of Art, Washington College Kohl Gallery Residency, and The Merriweather District Artist in Residence. In 2020 he was the recipient of The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore Artist Travel Prize.

Web: www.hoesycorona.com

IG: @hoesycorona

Teri Henderson’s review of Hoesy Corona’s Sondheim finalist exhibition

 

 

Tsedaye Makonnen (Washington, DC) is a multidisciplinary artist whose studio, curatorial and research-based practice threads together her identity as a daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, birthworker and a mother.

Makonnen primarily focuses on migration and intersectional feminism; using light, shadow, reflection, embodiment, movement and collaboration as materials. Makonnen is the recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. She has performed at the Venice Biennale, Art Basel Miami, Art on the Vine (Martha’s Vineyard), Chale Wote Street Art Festival (Ghana), El Museo del Barrio, Fendika Cultural Center (Ethiopia), Festival International d’Art Performance (Martinique), Queens Museum, the Smithsonian’s, and more.

In 2018 Makonnen studied sculpture with mentor El Anatsui at his studio in Nigeria. Her light monuments have been exhibited at the August Wilson Cultural Center, National Gallery of Art and UNTITLED Art Fair and is currently being acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She has been featured in the NYTimes, Vogue, BOMB, Hyperallergic, Artnet, Artsy, Forbes, and more. Her recent exhibitions are 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, Park Avenue Armory, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Momentary and Art at a Time Likes This.

In 2020, Makonnen curated a virtual group exhibition with Washington Project for the Arts titled Black Women as/and the Living Archive based on Alisha Wormsley’s film Children of Nan: Mothership and is currently working on publishing an exhibition book in 2021. This upcoming March, Makonnen will be showing with her gallery at Art Dubai. For the upcoming Fall semester she will be the Clark Art Institute’s inaugural Futures Fellow in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is currently in four exhibitions across the U.S. and Europe and is represented by Addis Fine Art in London & Addis Ababa. She lives in DC with her 10 year old son.

Web: www.tsedaye.com

IG: @tsedaye

Cara Ober’s review of Tsedaye Makonnen’s Sondheim finalist exhibition

 

 

Jonathan Monaghan (Washington, DC) is an artist working across a range of media, including prints, sculpture and computer animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives. Drawing on wide-ranging sources, such as historical artworks and science fiction, his fantastical pieces examine anxieties associated with digital technology and consumerism.

Past exhibitions include The Sundance Film Festival, The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His work has been featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, Vogue, and The Washington Post.

Web: www.jonathanmonaghan.com

IG: @jonmonaghan

Suzy Kopf’s review of Jonathan Monaghan’s Sondheim finalist exhibition

 

 

Lavar Munroe (Baltimore, MD) (b. 1982, Nassau, Bahamas) earned his BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 and his MFA from Washington University in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Munroe was included in Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of The Swamp, the New Orleans triennial curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, and the 12th Dakar Biennale, curated by Simon Njami, in Senegal. In 2015, Munroe’s work was featured in All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. Recent group shows include those at the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham; Perez Art Museum, Miami; National Gallery of Bahamas, Nassau; MAXXI Museum of Art, Rome; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Virginia Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Beach; and The Drawing Center, New York.

Munroe was awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony, the Headlands Center for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Center, Thread: Artist Residency & Cultural Center, a project of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and was an inaugural Artists in Residence at the Norton Museum of Art. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Lavar Munroe lives and works between Baltimore, Maryland and Nassau, Bahamas.

Web: www.lavar-munroe.com

IG: @lavar.munroe.studio

Rebekah Kirkman’s review of Lavar Munroe’s Sondheim finalist exhibition

 

 

Images courtesy of BOPA

Related Stories
Saskia Kahn's Skatepark Baltimore is an ongoing, collaborative, photo-based art project

Skatepark Baltimore is an ongoing, photo-based art project about resilience, love, and identity.

The best weekly art openings, events, and calls for entry happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

The I. Henry Photo Project at Connect+Collect, Jaz Erenberg and Christina Delgado at Open Works, Zoë Charlton at Cade Gallery, Lou Joseph at Current, Unfolding Seven at Waller Gallery, Mallory Weston at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, Kelly Walker at the Hotel Indigo, and more

There is a feedback loop between Bill Schmidt's studio and his visual world, where mysterious shapes take on greater significance

Schmidt works at a tiny scale so that viewers to have to get close to his paintings, to have an intimate and “one-on-one relationship with the surfaces.''

The Current Space Members Cocktail Party on September 30

Photos of guests under giant banana leaves and vines and twinkling lights, and a conversation with Michael Benevento and Julianne Hamilton about Current's outdoor adventures in music, art, and community building.