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Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Baker Artist Awards!

$90,000 Available for artists in Baltimore city and five surrounding counties.

Now in its 7th year, the Baker Artist Awards, managed by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), was established in 2008 to support Baltimore area artists and to promote their work to regional, national and international audiences. Up to three Mary Sawyers Baker prizes of up to $25,000 each are awarded annually to celebrate a dedication to art, mastery of craft, and a commitment to excellence.

Up to three $5,000 b-grant prizes will be awarded to recognize both emerging artists and established artists exploring new directions. The prizes are designed to support and advance the careers of all nominees, the metropolitan arts community, and Baltimore's image as a creative community.
The Baker Artist Awards site has been viewed by hundreds thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe. The awards are funded by The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Nominations Calendar

Nominations for the Baker Artist Awards open October 1, 2014 and closes at 11:59 PM on January 15, 2015. The Baker Artist Awards selection process will be conducted by a private jury of national and international multidisciplinary experts.


To nominate yourself, you must be at least 21 years old and have been a legal resident of the Baltimore region since October 1, 2013. The Baltimore region is defined as: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County. The Baker Artist Awards are intended for individual artists and groups of artists working as a collective. Artists working in any discipline or multiple disciplines are eligible to win Mary Sawyers Baker and b-grant prizes. Organizations and venues are not eligible.

About Mary Sawyers Baker

Mary Sawyers Baker, one of Baltimore's early philanthropists, studied voice as a young girl in Paris and embraced the arts throughout her life. She established the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund in 1964 to honor her husband, a well-known Baltimore civic leader. In 2007, the Fund narrowed its philanthropic mission to focus exclusively on arts and culture. The Mary Sawyers Baker Prize was established in 2008.

About The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund

The William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund commits its resources to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by making investments in arts and culture. Its grants support artistic and cultural organizations and their partners through initiatives that enhance an individual's sense of self and pleasure and make Baltimore a more attractive place to live and work.

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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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