The 17th-annual Janet and Walter Sondheim Art Prize, which awards a $30,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the greater Baltimore region, opens July 21 with a finalists’ exhibition at the Walters Art Museum.
The three individual artists selected as this year’s finalists are Maren Henson, Megan Koeppel, and James Williams II. The winner of the 2022 Sondheim Art Prize, chosen by this year’s jurors—curator Catherine Morris, artist Kambui Olujimi, and artist Jean Shin—will be announced during a special reception and award ceremony at the museum Thursday, July 28.
Named in honor of philanthropists and civic leaders Janet and Walter Sondheim, the Sondheim Art Prize is produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center, and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs, and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival, and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.
BOPA is also awarding two residencies to finalists not selected for the Sondheim Art Prize: a six-week, fully-funded residency at Civitella Ranieri in the Umbria region of Italy, and a six-month residency at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore.
Civitella Ranieri is a residency program for international writers, composers, and visual artists. Since 1995, Civitella has hosted more than 1,000 Fellows and Director’s Guests. The Center enables its Fellows to pursue their work and to exchange ideas in a unique and inspiring setting.
The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower has been transformed into studio spaces for visual and literary artists. Located at 21 S. Eutaw Street in the heart of the Bromo Arts & Entertainment District, the 15-story city landmark is the ideal location for artists to explore their practice.