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Applications Open For 13th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting applications for the 13th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The prestigious prize awards a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 8, 2018. The application is available on  An exhibition of the finalists’ work will be featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art located at 10 Art Museum Drive. An award ceremony and reception to announce the winner takes place Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 7pm at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The prize is held in conjunction with the 37th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival taking place Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22, 2018 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.

Approximately six finalists are selected for the final review for the prize. Their work is showcased at the Baltimore Museum of Art from Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, August 5, 2018. Additionally, an exhibition of the semifinalists’ work is shown in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of MICA on Friday, July 20 through Sunday, August 5, 2018. An opening reception for the semifinalist exhibition takes place Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm at the Maryland Institute College of Art, located at 1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue.

The fellowship winner is selected from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition after review of the installed art and an interview with each finalist by the jurors. Jurors will be announced prior to the application deadline. Artist collaborators, if chosen as the winner or finalist, receive a single $25,000 prize that is equally divided among the members of the group.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Timeline

Application deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018

Announcement of semifinalists: Mid-February 2018

Announcement of finalists: Mid-March 2018

Finalists Exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art: Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, August 5, 2018

Award announcement: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 7pm; Galleries open at 6pm

Semifinalist Exhibition at MICA: Friday, July 20, 2018 through Sunday, August 5, 2018

Semifinalist Exhibition opening reception: Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm

Artscape: Friday, July 20-Sunday, July 22, 2018

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

The Artscape prize is named in honor of Janet and Walter Sondheim who have been instrumental in creating the Baltimore City that exists today. Walter Sondheim, Jr. had been one of Baltimore’s most important civic leaders for over 50 years. His accomplishments included oversight of the desegregation of the Baltimore City Public Schools in 1954 when he was president of the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City. Later, he was deeply involved in the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor. He continued to be active in civic and educational activities in the city and state and served as the senior advisor to the Greater Baltimore Committee until his death in February 2007.

Janet Sondheim danced with the pioneering Denishawn Dancers, a legendary dance troupe founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Later, she turned to teaching where she spent 15 years at the Children’s Guild working with severely emotionally disturbed children. After retirement, she was a volunteer tutor at Highlandtown Elementary School. She married Walter in 1934, and they were together until her death in 1992.


America’s largest free arts festival, attracting more than 350,000 attendees, offers concerts on multiple outdoor stages, art exhibitions, an artists’ market, a full schedule of dance, theater and opera, jazz, classical, folk and experimental music, children’s activities, exhibitors, and an extensive variety of local food and beverage vendors on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.

The 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is made possible through the generous support of the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, Brightside Foundation, Brown Advisory Charitable Foundation, Caplan Family Foundation, Charlesmead Foundation, Ellen Sondheim Dankert, France-Merrick Foundation, Greater Baltimore Committee, Hecht-Levi Foundation, Legg Mason, Amy & Chuck Newhall, Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation, Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Rosemore, Inc., Rouse Company Foundation, M. Sigmund & Barbara Shapiro Philanthropic Fund, John Sondheim and William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

With special thanks to M&T Bank for their ongoing annual support, along with those making contributions to the Sondheim Prize in honor of former BOPA CEO Bill Gilmore: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Dr. Frank Marino Foundation, Days Inn Inner Harbor, Suzanne Cohen, Nancy Hackerman, Kathleen Basham, James Adams, Barbara Bozzuto, Elizabeth Bruen, Rosalind Healy, Alyce Myatt, Andrea Vernot & Brent Burkhardt, Laura Burrows, Alexander Baer, Linda Blume, H. Chace Davis, Stanford Gann, Mark Klotzbach, Leslie Helen Shepard, and Janet Marie Smith.

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


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