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Executive Director’s Letter May 7, 2019

Please join us this Friday, May 10 at 6:00pm to help celebrate ten years of the Baker Artists Portfolio and the amazing accomplishments of its awardees. The wonderful Maryland Art Place is hosting a ten-year retrospective exhibition in partnership with the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Since 2008, the Baker Artists Awards have recognized more than 100 artists in the region and awarded more than $900,000 to artists working in all fields who exemplify excellence in three areas: mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique vision. This new exhibition will feature over 30 recipients of the Mary Sawyers Baker and Mary Sawyers Imboden Prizes.

Participating artists include: Susan Alcorn, Theo Anthony, Chris Bathgate, Abraham Burickson, Audrey Chen, Richard Cleaver, Brent Crothers, Elizabeth Dickinson, Sara Dittrich, Eric Dyer, Lafayette Gilchrist, Jen Grow, Carl Grubbs, Alexander Heilner, Gary Kachadourian, David Knopp, Jonathan Latiano, Naoko Maeshiba, Dora Malech, Todd Marcus, David Marion, Peter Minkler, Lynne Parks, Wendel Patrick, John Ruppert, Joyce J. Scott, Hadieh Shafie, Dariusz Skoraczewski, Lisi Stoessel , and Karen Yasinsky.

Each year, Baker Artist Awardees are selected by a private jury from up to 1000 artists who create a portfolio on the Baker Artist Portfolios website, which was created to support artists and promote Greater Baltimore as a strong creative community. The 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.

Also exciting, the new 2019 Baker Artist Awardees will be announced on Friday, May 17 on a special segment of Art Works on Maryland Public Television with our dear friend Rhea Feikin. You won’t want to miss it! To learn more, or to view all the artist portfolios, visit

Finally, the GBCA series of Third Friday Equity Conversations hosted by Kibibi Ajanku continues to explore the legacy and impact of the Confederate monuments. We hope to see you on the third floor of the Motor House on Friday May 17 at 6:00 PM.

All my best,


P.S. Remember we can’t do our work without you. I hope you will consider contributing or taking/renewing your membership today. Click here to make your secure gift now. Together, we are mighty!

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