Sculptor Who Shapes Social Commentary Wins First $50K Baker Artist Award

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Joyce Scott (photo by John Dean via GBCA)
Joyce Scott (photo by John Dean via GBCA)

The Baker Artist Awards had a pair of new prizes this year, with higher dollar totals of $50,000 and $20,000. The awards went to a sculptor and a writer.

Joyce J. Scott won the $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize for her portfolio, which includes beaded sculpture work that addresses racism and sexism.

Writer Jen Grow was awarded the $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. She’s the author of the short story collection, “My Life as a Mermaid.”

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance-administered awards feature an online portfolio where anyone can view the work. The award winners will also display work at the Baltimore Museum of Art over the summer.

Here are the other three prizewinners, who won $5,000 each:

  • Film/Video: Matthew Portenfield
  • Visual Arts: Bill Simmes
  • Performing Arts: Naoko Maeshiba

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