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MASB Artist Travel Prize

Applications for the MASB Artist Travel Prize are now available. The sixth edition of the MASB Artist Travel Prize awards $6,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living in Baltimore City, to be used as funding for travel essential to studio practice. The MASB Artist Travel Prize application is available here and applications are due by Monday, May 31, 2021.

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City, including this Artist Travel Prize and an annual Public Art Prize.

About the MASB Artist Travel Prize

The $6,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford. Successful proposals will be selected from submissions that clearly articulate the artist’s reason for travel and how it relates to their work, along with supporting materials. The previous winners of the MASB Artist Travel Prize are Schroeder Cherry and Hoesy Corona in 2020, LaToya M. Hobbs and J.M. Giordano in 2019, Erin Fostel and Erick Antonio Benitez in 2018, Nate Larson in 2017, and Stephen Towns in 2016. The winners have traveled to Morocco, Czech Republic, Japan, Peru, throughout the United States, and to Ghana and Senegal.

Proposals should consider speaking to the current pandemic and what the prospect of traveling for studio practice would mean, given travel limitations at the moment. With this in mind, BOPA and MASB will be flexible with the selected artist, should travel restrictions continue further into 2021 than currently estimated.

The application and full list of eligibility requirements is available here. Applications are due by Monday, May 31, 2021. The recipient of the MASB Artist Travel Prize will be announced in July 2021.

Estimated Timeline

April 15, 2021: Call for applications released

May 31, 2021: Application deadline

Early July 2021: Recipient of MASB Artist Travel Prize announced

Summer/Fall 2022: Public presentation of travel by selected artist

For more information about the MASB Artist Travel Prize, contact Lou Joseph, Prize and Competition Manager at BOPA, at [email protected].

For more information about the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, contact Peter Doo, President of Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City, at [email protected].

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.


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