Seven Baltimore Artists Picked as Sondheim Finalists

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“Score for Room” by Sara Dittrich (2015).

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts has whittled down its pool of entries for the city’s prestigious Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

BOPA announced on Monday that the following artists made the cut for the final round of what it calls “Baltimore’s most prestigious arts award.” Three of them are returning finalists from past Sondheim Prize competitions. Here they are, with descriptions of their work from the agency:

  • Mequitta Ahuja, who makes figurative paintings referencing her African-American and East Indian background. (Ahuja was a finalist for the same prize in 2015.)
  • Mary Anne Arntzen, whose paintings concern non-representational forms.
  • Cindy Cheng, who makes installations investigating the relationship between drawings and objects. (Cheng was a semifinalist in 2013.)
  • Sara Dittrich, who makes objects, installations and performances relating to bodily rhythms “and the interconnected patterns that reside in everyday life.”
  • Benjamin Kelley, a sculptor who “re-contextualizes found objects with altered and fabricated structures.” (Kelley was a finalist in 2015.)
  • Kyle Tata, who uses photography, printmaking and artist books to explore history, design and architecture. (Tata was a finalist in 2014.)
  • Amy Yee, who makes 3-D installations and photography- and video-based works exploring the intersection of popular culture, representation and professional sports.

For the 12th year running, BOPA will award a $25,000 prize to the winning artist. The other six will each receive a $2,500 prize. Three jurors will pick the winner, who will be announced on Saturday, July 15, in a ceremony at The Walters Art Museum during the Artscape festival, per tradition.

The works of all seven artists will be on display in an exhibition at the Walters from June 17 through Aug. 13.

Artscape 2017 promises to be a transformational experience for the neighborhoods surrounding Station North. This year’s three-day free summer arts event is camp-themed, and will center around the experience of leaving civilization to be in the great outdoors.

The festival will run from July 21-23. Click here for more info.

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