Greetings from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

This morning we announced the finalists for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. This is the 15th year for the prize, and this year in particular, we feel that the core of this program - to provide both fundings for artists and give them an opportunity to focus on their practice - is more important than ever for our artists and our community. We are so grateful to our presenting sponsor, M&T Bank, for their continuing support and we’re thrilled to continue this Artscape tradition on a virtual platform and cannot wait for you to see the work of our six finalists.

Finalists Miguel Braceli, Hoesy Corona, Phylicia Ghee, Muriel Hasbun, LaToya M. Hobbs, and the artist group strikeWare will compete for the grand prize this summer, and their galleries will be available for public viewing in a virtual finalists’ exhibition launching on Monday, July 6. The Sondheim Artscape Prize winner will receive a $25,000 fellowship, and each of the remaining finalists will receive an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. We will name the winner at a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, July 25. BOPA is producing an online awards ceremony where you get to meet this year’s finalists, learn more about this year’s exhibition and see the winner of the $25,000 grand prize. Details on how to view the ceremony are at We hope you’ll join us!

We’re making sure to keep the spirit of Artscape going all summer long. In addition to the Sondheim Artscape Prize, we will soon be releasing information about a reimagined virtual Artscape Artists’ Market, where artists will be able to showcase, promote, and sell their work. Then, on the traditional Artscape weekend of July 17-19, look to our social media for throwback photos, trivia, and favorite moments from previous Artscapes. Join us in commemorating what Artscape means to Baltimore by sharing your Artscape memories with us on social media. We look forward to celebrating virtually with you!

Donna Drew Sawyer
CEO, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts