Baker Artist Awards 2017 & 2018


The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund celebrates its 10th anniversary with an exhibition of works by 2017 awardees David Marion (Visual Art) and Sara Dittrich (Inter-disciplinary) and 2018 awardees Amy Sherald (Visual Art) and Abraham Burickson (Inter-disciplinary).

Each year, one artist per discipline (Visual, Literary, Film/Video, Performance, Inter-disciplinary, Music) receives a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. Of these artists, one is selected to receive the Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, a $30,000 award. Combined, the Baker and Imboden Prizes offer the largest art prize in the region at $40,000.

Awardees are selected by an anonymous jury from more than 900 Baltimore-region artists who created a free, online portfolio at Selected artists exemplify a mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique compelling vision.

Organized by Assistant Curator for Media Arts and Live Events Claudia Mattos.

The Baker Artist Portfolios and associated awards were established and are funded by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.