The Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition

May 27, 2021–July 18, 2021

The 2021 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, 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, opens Thursday, May 27 with a finalists’ exhibition. This year’s Sondheim exhibition will be a hybrid event featuring the work of 5 finalists displayed in the first-floor exhibition galleries and a virtual award ceremony.

The five individual artists selected as this year’s finalists are Hoesy Corona, Tsedaye Makonnen, Jonathan Monaghan, Lavar Munroe, and Hae Won Sohn. Their work will be on view Thursday, May 27, through Sunday, July 18, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Sondheim Artscape Prize will be announced during a special award ceremony on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Additionally, works by semifinalists not moving to the finals will be selected by BOPA curator Lou Joseph for a separate exhibition during the summer of 2021. The 2021 jurors are Naz Cuguoğlu, Michelle Grabner, and Meleko Mokgosi.

Named in honor of the philanthropists and civic leaders Janet and Walter Sondheim, the Sondheim exhibition is co-organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA), which serves as the city’s arts council, events producer, and film office, in addition to organizing free city-wide events. The Sondheim exhibition brings together artists from disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, animation, and fiber craft.

Image: The 2017 Sondheim exhibition featured the work of winner Cindy Cheng.

The 2021 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is presented by the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. It is made possible through the generous support of M&T Bank, along with those supporting the Sondheim Endowment, including the Abell Foundation, Alex. Brown & Sons Charitable Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, M&T Charitable Foundation, Amy & Chuck Newhall, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, M. Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and many individuals who contributed in honor of former CEO Bill Gilmore.

The exhibition at the Walters Art Museum is made possible through the combined generosity of individual donors, foundations, corporations, and grants from the City of Baltimore, Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, and Howard County Government and Howard County Arts Council.