The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announced the finalists for the 18th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize. The 2023 finalists are Abigail Lucien, Kyrae Dawaun, and Nekisha Durrett.
This year’s finalists were selected by a panel of jurors that include scholar and curator Kelly Baum, artist and curator Devin Morris, and archivist and curator Ingrid Schaffner.
This year, the Sondheim Art Prize will award $30,000 to the selected artist. BOPA will also award two residencies to finalists not selected for the prize: a six-week, fully funded residency at Civitella Ranieri in the Umbria region of Italy, and a residency at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore.
The three Sondheim finalists will have their work exhibited in the Walters Art Museum (WAM) this summer as part of the Sondheim Finalists’ Exhibition, working with Walters curators and staff to create the exhibit.
On Saturday, July 22, 2023, the jurors will meet with each artist for up to 45 minutes in their exhibition space for a final interview. After the interviews, the jurors will meet and decide the recipients for the Sondheim Art Prize and the two residencies. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony and reception at the Walters Art Museum on Thursday, August 10, 2023.
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