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.