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The Walters Art Museum To Host The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize For 2013

October 17, 2012

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the relocation of the eighth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.  The finalists' exhibition and award ceremony for the competition will be held at the Walters Art Museum for 2013.  The internationally renowned museum partnered with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to ensure the continuation of the prestigious arts competition.  The relocation of the Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists' exhibition is due to major renovations to the Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Galleries of The Baltimore Museum of Art.  The prominent museum has had a longstanding partnership with the competition since its inception in 2005.  The Sondheim Artscape Prize awards a $25,000 fellowshipto assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Greater Baltimore region. Information for the 2013 competition will be announced by late October.

"I would like to thank Doreen Bolger and the staff at the BMA for all of those years of support and setting the bar for a high caliber Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists' exhibition," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. "I'm looking forward to the same commitment and collaboration with the Walters."

"We welcome the opportunity to host the 8th annual exhibition of finalists selected for the prestigious Sondheim Artscape Prize,” said Gary Vikan, director of the Walters. “This is a great opportunity to engage with diverse visual artists in our community and enjoy interplay between art of the past and present."

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.  Held in conjunction with Artscape, America's largest free arts festival, the finalists and semi-finalists’ exhibitions are presented in partnership with the Walters Art Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art.  Funding for the Sondheim Prize is made possible through the generous support of the Abell Foundation, Alex. Brown & Sons Charitable Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, M&T Bank Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, John Sondheim and Whiting-Turner Contracting.

For more information on the 2013 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, call 410-752-8632 or visit