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Executive Director's Letter 11/1/22

Calling area artists – it’s Baker season and time to create or update your artist portfolio!

The deadline to be considered for one of the 2023 Baker Artist Awards is January 17, 2023 at 5:00pm. The Baker Artist Portfolios is a one-of-a-kind website that is a core resource for artists wishing to promote their work and connect with other creators. It is an online community often visited by curators, collectors, museum leaders, and philanthropic visionaries in almost every country in the world. Universities and colleges also use the Baker Artist Portfolios as a primer for students being introduced to the diversity of cultural production in Baltimore, and to develop relationships and projects throughout the academic year and beyond.

All artists with an active portfolio on January 17 will automatically be considered for one of this year's awards. A $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize will be awarded to one artist in each of the six artistic disciplines. One of the six selected artists will receive an additional $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, for a total of $40,000.

Are you an artist with question, or want an overview of the Baker program and website? Join us for one of our upcoming virtual and in-person Info Sessions! New sessions are still being added. Learn more here:

In other Baker news, join us next Friday, November 11 to celebrate the opening preview of Baltimore Addressed: Baker Awards exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Enjoy late-night access to galleries, free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and music.

This event celebrates Baker Artist Awardees in visual and interdisciplinary arts from 2019–2022 and features works by Laura Amussen (interdisciplinary, 2020); David Page (visual arts, 2019); Ernest Shaw Jr. (visual arts, 2022); Susan Waters-Eller (visual arts, 2020), and Pamela Woolford (interdisciplinary, 2022). This event is free, but RSVP is strongly encouraged. (Exhibition runs through March 12, 2023.)

To date, the Baker Artist Awards have recognized more than 150 artists and awarded over $1.3 million to individuals living and working in the region. Along with cash prizes, the Awards include a designated segment on Maryland Public Television’s Art Works series, portions of which are rebroadcast in other national markets, a semiannual exhibition of visual arts and interdisciplinary awardees at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and finalist showcases throughout the year.

I hope to see you on November 11!

All my best,

P.S. With just one week left before the General Election, you can find all the information you need about candidates and voting at Vote 411, a site created by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters.

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