Baltimore, Addressed: Baker Artist Awards

Overview

Baltimore, Addressed unites works by five Baker Artist Award winners who are responding to the past, present, and imagined future of the city.

Laura Amussen (interdisciplinary, 2020); David Page (visual arts, 2019); Ernest Shaw Jr. (visual arts, 2022); Susan Waters-Eller (visual arts, 2020); and Pamela Woolford (interdisciplinary, 2022) have each created works that speak to their geographic or social experiences in Baltimore. Some delve into the city’s complex histories and challenges, while others celebrate the city’s rich natural and intellectual resources, painting the future leaders of this American metropolis.

Established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and managed by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Baker Artist Awards were launched in 2009 to recognize Baltimore’s talented artists and engage the public in supporting their work.

One artist per discipline (visual, literary, film/video, performance, interdisciplinary, music) is adjudicated each year to receive a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and one of those awardees is selected to receive the $40,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, the largest art prize in the region. An anonymous jury selects awardees from up to 900 Baltimore-region artists who have created a free, online portfolio at www.bakerartist.org. Selected artists exemplify a mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique vision generated in Baltimore’s unparalleled creative community.

The exhibition is organized by BMA Assistant Curator for Decorative Arts Brittany Luberda. The Baker Artist Portfolios and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

This exhibition is generously funded by The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.