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Executive Director's Letter 6/21/2022

Baker Artist Awardees Announced

Executive Director's Letter

June 21, 2022

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund are thrilled to announce the 2022 Baker Artist Awardees!

Baltimore painter Ernest Shaw was selected to receive the $40,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize—the largest art prize in the region. Also selected to each receive a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize are interdisciplinary artist Pamela Woolford, musician Meng Su, performing artist Allen Chunhui Xing, film/video artist Lynn Tomlinson, and literary artist Timmy Reed.

Awardees from each discipline were selected from over 600 artists working in the Baltimore region who created free portfolios on the site The awards are adjudicated by a jury of local and national experts based on excellence in three areas: mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique vision. Since 2009, the Baker Artist Awards have recognized over 150 artists, and awarded over $1.1 million in prize money to artists in the Baltimore region.

Congratulations to the awardees and the 36 finalists, all of whom you can find out more about at the Baker Artist Portfolios. Many artists use this beautiful site as their primary website and when you visit, you will see why! As Nancy Proctor from The Peale Center has said, the portfolios are like “a love letter to Baltimore.”

The Awardees will be celebrated on a special episode of Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) Artworks program, Baker Artist Awards: An Artworks Special, scheduled to air in October 2022. The MPT Artworks broadcast, hosted by past Baker awardee Wendel Patrick, will include profiles of the six Awardees, and will offer insight into their creative evolution and process. This year’s Awardees in Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts, along with the 2019 and 2020 Awardees in the same categories, will also present their work at the Baltimore Museum of Art, from November 2022 - March 2022.

Let’s celebrate the many rich contributions of our area artists in our region,


P.S. Station North Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore is on USA Today’s People’s Choice list for the Top Ten Best Arts Districts of 2022. Currently at number six, Station North needs you to vote early and vote often! Click here to vote.

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