Sondheim 2022 Art Prize Finalists: Artist Talks

August 28, 2022, 2–3:30 p.m.
Triptych of detail images from the artists' work.

Location: Onsite – Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required. Limited capacity.

Join us for a presentation by the  2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize finalists: Maren Henson, Megan Koeppel, and James Williams II. Chandi Kelley, Curatorial Assistant and Coordinator of Contemporary Initiatives at the Walters, will introduce the program, and the artists will discuss their artistic practice and their work currently on view at the Walters. Following the talks, there will be a Q&A in the galleries with the artists. This program is co-hosted with the Baltimore Office for Promotion and The Arts and presented in conjunction with the 17th-annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize Finalists Exhibition on view at the Walters Art Museum through –September 18, 2022.

The 2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize is made possible through the generous annual support of presenting sponsor M&T Bank and the Maryland State Arts Council.

The 17th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Walters Art Museum.


About the Artists:

Maren Henson reexamines the role of conspiracy and how it has shaped American culture at a time when concealed artifacts behind historical conspiracies are becoming public information. These videos, drawings, and sound installations examine how cultural narratives are manipulated and controlled. She received her Master of Fine Art degree in the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art  (MICA) in 2017 in Baltimore, MD, where she currently lives. She has exhibited her work in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Maryland, and Texas.

Megan Koeppel was born in 1996 in Milwaukee, WI. She earned her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2018, where she studied fine art and curatorial practices. Her work has recently been exhibited in the DMV area and her home state, in spaces such as Var Gallery (Milwaukee), The Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (Cedarburg WIWisconsin), Material Gallery + Studio (Milwaukee), VisArts (Rockville, MD), Monochrome Art Fair (Washington, D.C.), and at Creative Alliance (Baltimore). She is currently an artist in residence at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in East Tennessee.

James Williams II is a curator and interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, sculpture, and photography. His works center on topics of social and cultural identity in the United States tied together by self-portraiture and narration. His most recent project was curating the show Future Planets at Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, an exhibition featuring the creativity of young artists ranging from ages 3–15 years old alongside their creative and established parents. Williams is the recipient of the MFA Joan Mitchell Foundation award, the Bromo Seltzer Fellowship, and served as artist-in-residence at School 33 in Baltimore, MD. Williams, originally from Upstate New York, received his master’s degree from the Mount Royal School of Art program at Maryland Institute College Art (MICA), where he currently teaches.

Image: James Williams II, Mind Racing (detail), 2022. Velcro, resin, oil on canvas and panel. 28 x 43 in.; Maren Henson, Letter to an Engine (detail), 2019. Charcoal on paper. 30 x 44 in.; Megan Koeppel, Hands Quilt (detail), 2022. Naturally dyed fabric, machine and hand appliqué. 76 x 60 in. All artwork © the artists.


August 28, 2022


2–3:30 p.m.


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