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Executive Director's Letter 5/24/2022

Executive Director's Letter

May 24, 2022

Every year since 2009, the Baker Artist Awards has distributed $90,000 in prizes. As a result, this amazing program has made over $1 million available to artists living and working in the Baltimore region. Today, we are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2022 Baker Artist Awards season. Selected from nearly 700 artists who created a Baker Artist Portfolio, these individuals were chosen by an anonymous jury based on excellence in three areas: mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique vision.

Please join GBCA in Congratulating the 2022 Baker Artist Award Finalists:

Visual Arts: Jenn Figg & Matthew McCormack, David Page, Scott Pennington, Lauren Schott, Ernest Shaw, Lars Westby

Interdisciplinary: Hoesy Corona, Katherine Fahey, Kei Ito, Jann Rosen-Queralt, Fahimeh Vahdat, Pamela Woolford

Music: Abdu Ali, Lura Johnson, Sahffi Lynne, Meng Su, Letitia VanSant, Von Vargas

Performance: The Encounter, Anna Fitzgerald, Ryan K. Johnson, Lola B. Pierson, Vincent Thomas, Allen Chunhui Xing

Film/ Video: Khalid Ali, Eric Cotton, Dina Fiasconaro, Chung-Wei Huang, Corey Hughes, Lynn Tomlinson

Literary: Kathy Flann, Elizabeth Hazen, Pat Montley, Timmy Reed, Jennifer N. Shannon, Justin Sirois

The 2022 Baker Artist Awardees will be announced in June, with one artist from each of the six artistic disciplines receiving a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. One of the six selected artists will also receive the additional $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, for a total prize of $40,000-the largest art prize in the region! On behalf of the entire arts community, we extend our deepest gratitude to the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund for its vision and support.

All my best,


P.S. The deadline to register for the Maryland Arts Summit Bazaar is approaching! Artists statewide are invited to sell their artworks/crafts to over 200+ attendees at the Mayland Citizens for the Arts’ Summit. Vendors must be available for both days and will have access to summit presentations that do not coincide with bazaar tabling hours, breakfast and lunch on both days, and a $50 stipend to cover travel costs. Artist Bazaar applications are due by Monday, May 30th. This is also the deadline for Students and Artists scholarships. The Artist Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary two-day admission and a $200 stipend. Student Scholarship recipients will receive discounted two-day admission covered by MCA. You can also Register for the Summit here!

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