Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the second edition of the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASOB). The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years.

In 2016 the MASOB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City. This prize will award $6,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators, living in Baltimore City. Successful proposals will be selected from submissions that clearly articulate the artist’s reason for travel and how it relates to their work, along with support materials. The $6,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to an artist’s studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford.

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore Artist Travel Prize will be accepting online applications at the following link:

2017 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City’s Artist Travel Prize

Application deadline – Monday, July 31, 2017

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, call 410-752-8632.

2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize Recipient

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASOB) are happy to announce the recipient of the first annual Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, Stephen Towns. Stephen was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants and with this $6,000 award will take his first trip abroad to Ghana and Senegal to visit important historical sites that mark the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Images and research from this trip will inform a future body of work exploring the history of colonialism and its effects on modern society.

Currently, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, visual artist Stephen Towns was raised in Lincolnville, South Carolina, a small town outside of Charleston.  Towns earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina and works at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  Working primarily in oil, acrylic, and fiber, Towns draws much of his visual inspiration from Medieval altarpieces, Impressionist paintings and wax cloth prints.  His work has been exhibited at Gallery CA, Platform Gallery, Hood College, Galerie Myrtis and is in the collection of the City of Charleston, South Carolina.

About his work, Towns says “The portraits I create are not only glimpses of the sitters; they are also a reflection of myself and mirror my struggle to attain a sense of self-knowledge, self-worth and spirituality beyond the Christian values that are so often idealized in African-American culture.”

“I am so excited to receive the Artist Travel Prize. Never having had the chance to travel abroad, this will provide me the opportunity to experience the idea of being ‘American’ outside of my own country,” continued Towns. “Furthermore, I will be able to experience sites of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Ghana and Senegal that I’ve only read about in books. In my next project in 2017, The Taming, I will use images and research from this trip to develop a body of work exploring the history of colonialism and its effects on black men. What methods do humans use to tame each other, currently and throughout history? In what ways do we tame aspects of ourselves and our own culture? I hope to explore expressions of Black American culture that have been tamed but have their roots in West Africa. Thank you to the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City for the amazing opportunity.”

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASOB embarks on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City, including this Artist Travel Prize and an annual Public Art Prize.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion &The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize, call 410-752-8632.

2017 Call for Entry

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore Artist Travel Prize will be accepting online applications at the following link:

2017 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City’s Artist Travel Prize

Monday, May 22, 2017: Call for entries released
Monday, July 31, 2017: Application deadline
August 31, 2017: 
MASOB Artist Travel Prize recipient announced
Summer/Fall 2018: Public presentation of travel by selected artist

You will be asked to submit the following:

Written Proposal (one page max, PDF only) This should include where you would go if awarded the prize, a section about your work, and an explanation of how this opportunity would advance your studio practice. The primary goal of this award is to advance an artist’s work and does not need to be tied to a possible or secured artist residency- research can be the focus of proposed travel. Proposal should include a post travel project, this can be an artist talk, exhibition, etc, to take place in Baltimore.

Resume (two pages max, PDF only)

Images

  • Artists must submit 10 images of their work most relevant to their proposal.
  • Images should be in jpeg format, and not be larger than 1 MB. (1240x900 pixels, 72 dpi)
  • Please label your images last name, first name and number corresponding to your image list (example: DoeJane_01.jpg, DoeJane_02.org, etc)

Videos

Artists wishing to submit video work in lieu of images may do so by submitting 5 to 10 links to their videos on YouTube, Vimeo, etc, or submit video directly to the application. Videos should not exceed two minutes; you do not need to submit your whole project. Pick a representative sample that will give jurors a good example of your work.

Image/Video list (one page max, PDF only)List title, media, year produced, and any narrative information for the jurors.

Travel Budget (use attached budget form to submit)

Please use the attached budget form and provide the most realistic budget for your proposed travel, including all things that need to be funded to realize the trip. Do not feel compelled to pad your travel with the highest number of locations or quantity of travel- the budget should reflect the needs as described in your statement, and the most realistic use of the funds.

Click here to download budget form.