The Walters Art Museum, in collaboration with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, is proud to present the 14th-annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition. The exhibition showcases the work of seven finalists in this prestigious competition, which awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. This year’s finalists are Negar Ahkami, Akea Brionne Brown, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Schroeder Cherry, Phylicia Ghee, Jackie Milad and Stephanie Williams.
The finalists’ work will be on view June 15 through August 11 at the Walters Art Museum, with an award ceremony and reception to take place Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Walters. Jurors for the 2019 competition are acclaimed artist Laylah Ali, internationally recognized curator Regine Basha, and artist and critic William Powhida.
The Sondheim prize announcement will take place Saturday, July 13. The finalists’ exhibition continues at the Walters during Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, which runs July 19–21. Artscape features more than 150 fine artists, fashion designers, craftspeople, visual art exhibitions, and live concerts.
The 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with the 38th annual Artscape and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Walters Art Museum. The 2019 competition is made possible through the generous annual support of presenting sponsor M&T Bank. Additional funds come from an endowment established with the support of the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Amy and Chuck Newhall, Brown Advisory, Caplan Family Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Rosemore, Inc., Rouse Company Foundation, Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. BOPA would additionally like to thank the more than 40 individuals who contributed to the Sondheim Prize Endowment Fund in 2017 in honor of former BOPA CEO Bill Gilmore.