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Baker Artist Awards

Awards to Maryland Individual Artists in the Baltimore
Region for Excellence in Artistry and Unique Vision

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Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) - Baker Artist Portfolios

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12/21/17 5:00 PM


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Awards of $10,000 and one awards of $30,000 to Maryland artists in the Baltimore region who demonstrate excellence. One award is given in each of the following disciplines: Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Inter-Disciplinary Arts, and Film/Video.

The Baltimore region is defined as: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County.

This year, six artists will be selected to win a total of $90,000 in prizes:
-One Artist per discipline will be selected to win a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.
-From these six awardees, one artist will be selected to receive the Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, including an additional $30,000, for a total of $40,000.

Artists who create a Baker Artist Portfolio are automatically eligible for the Baker Artist Awards, which include significant monetary prizes, an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as a feature on Maryland Public Television's Artworks program.

These prizes are awarded to artists who demonstrate excellence. Portfolios are reviewed by an anonymous jury in three areas: mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and unique vision.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158550

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mary Sawyers Baker Prize: $10,000
Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize: $30,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To create a portfolio on the Baker Artist Portfolio site, you must be at least 21 years old and have been a legal resident of the Baltimore region since September 1, 2016 (one year prior to the opening of the current open portfolio season). The Baltimore region is defined as: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County.

The Baker Artist Portfolios and associated awards are intended for individual artists and groups of artists working as a collective. Artists working in any discipline or multiple disciplines are eligible to win the Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize and the Mary Sawyers Baker prize. Past $1,000 and $5,000 winners remain eligible to win the Mary Sawyers Imboden and Mary Sawyers Baker prizes. Organizations and venues are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Your portfolio on the Baker Artist Portfolios website serves as your submission for the Baker Artist Awards.

Artist's have until December 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM to create or update their portfolio. At that time, the website will automatically create a cloned copy of each artists portfolio to be used for adjudication. After 5:00 PM, artists may still update their public portfolio, but these updates will not be judged until the following year.

There is no "submit" button. All artists with an active portfolio on December 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM will have their worked reviewed by this years anonymous jury.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Baltimore region (Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties)