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Executive Director's Letter - 6/6/23

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2023 Baker Artist Awards!

The following 36 artists were selected from over 600 people who created a Baker Artist Portfolio in 2023. Since 2009, the Baker Artist Awards has distributed more than $1.3 million to over 150 artists. That includes $90,000 in prizes each year.

The Finalists for the 2023 Baker Artist Awards are:

Visual Arts: Nancy Linden, Richard Liu, Quentin Moseley, M. Jordan Tierney, Lars Westby, and Jowita Wyszomirska.

Interdisciplinary: Hoesy Corona, Oletha DeVane, Liz Downing, Katherine Fahey, Kei Ito, and Fahimeh Vahdat.

Film/ Video: Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Jonna McKone, Corrie Parks, Margaret Rorison, Russell Sharman, and Chung Wei-Huang.

Literary Arts: Elizabeth Dickinson, Sylvia Jones, Edgar Kunz, Tonee Moll, Nguyen Nguyen, and Heather Rounds.

Music: Judah Adashi, Abdu Ali, Irene Jalenti, Mark Navarro, Outcalls Band, and Anthony Parker.

Performance: Anna Fitzgerald, Christopher Johnson, Colette Krogol, Nicole Martinell, Glenn Ricci, and Juanita Rockwel.

The 2023 Baker Artist Awardees will be selected from among these finalists and will be announced later this month. One artist from each of the six artistic disciplines will recieve a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. One of the six selected artists will also receive the additional $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, for a total prize of $40,000.

The 2023 finalists were selected by an anonymous jury and were singled out for exemplifying excellence in three areas: mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique vision. We sincerely congratulate this year's finalists and are grateful to every artist on the site for sharing their excellent work with people from all over the world!

Happy Pride Month,


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