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: