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2023/ 2023 Baker Season now open!

The 2022/ 2023 Baker Artist Portfolios season is now open!

Artists have until January 17, 2023 to create or update their portfolios to be considered for one of the six annual prizes.

Are you an artist in the Baltimore region?

Click here to create or update your Baker Artist Portfolio!


The Baker Artist Portfolios were created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The free, online portfolios are open to artists working in all disciplines who live and work in Baltimore City and its five surrounding counties. The portfolios expose area artists' work to regional, national and international audiences. The site has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics, and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe.

The portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.


The Baker Artist Awards recognize artists who demonstrate excellence in three areas: Mastery of Craft, Depth of Artistic Exploration and Unique Vision.

In 2023, one artist in each of the six artistic disciplines-- Visual Arts, Film/ Video, Interdisciplinary, Literary Arts, Performance, and Music-- will be awarded the $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. One of these six artists will be selected to receive the additional $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden prize, for a total of $40,000.

Along with cash awards, selected awardees in the Visual Arts and Interdisciplinary Arts categories are invited to participate in a bi-annual exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Since 2009, the Baker Artist Awards has recognized over 150 artists, and awarded over $1.4million in prizes.

Click here to visit the Baker Artist Portfolios!

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As a member of GBCA, you will not only gain access to wonderful benefits, but you will also become an active participant in a broader cultural community. Your organization and employees will directly benefit from opportunities to collaborate, connect, learn, network and share with your colleagues in the cultural community. Join our growing constituency of over 300 individual artists and organizations representing the region's extraordinary range of arts, culture, history, heritage, humanities, and attractions.

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