Finalists announced for the 2024 Baker Artist Awards
36 artists selected from the Baker Artist Portfolios

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund are thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2024 Baker Artist Awards. The 36 finalists were selected from almost 700 artists who created a Baker Artist Portfolio in 2024.

The 2024 finalists were selected by an anonymous jury, and exemplify excellence in three areas: mastery of craft, depth of artistic exploration, and a unique vision. Baker Artist Award Finalists are divided equally amongst the website’s six artistic disciplines: visual, literary, interdisciplinary, film/ video, performance and music. All artists who have received a cumulative total of less than $20,000 in previous prizes remain eligible for a Baker Artist Award.

Since 2009, the Baker Artist Awards has distributed $90,000 in annual prize money, awarding over $1.3million to over 150 artists over the past 16 years. The 2024 Baker Artist Awardees will be announced in June, with one artist from each of the six artistic disciplines receiving a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. One of the six selected artists will also receive the additional $30,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, for a total prize of $40,000—the largest art prize in the region.

The Finalists for the 2024 Baker Artist Awards are:

Visual Arts: Schroeder CherryKatie O'KeefeSara PrigodichAndrea Sherrill-EvansTony ShoreStephen Towns

Interdisciplinary: Selin BalciKelley BellMelissa Hyatt FossPhylicia GheeBruce WillenPamela Woolford

Film/ Video: Albert BirneyEric CottenMarnie Ellen HertzlerCorrie ParksJimmy Joe Roche, Lynn Tomlinson

Literary Arts:  Michael DownsKristina GaddyNguyen NguyenLia PurpuraPatrick SmithwickJeannie Vanasco

Music: Judah Adashi, Geffery CassutoAmi DangOutcalls Band, Anthony ParkerDaniel Ryan

Performance: Michael HardingKatie HilemanChristopher JohnsonTavia La FolletteMatt ReevesAllen Xing

This season the Baker Artist Portfolios is bringing back Finalist Showcases. Over the month of April, Baltimore audiences will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the work of many of the finalists in a series of public showcases consisting of performances, events, and exhibitions.

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2024 Baker Artist Award Finalist Showcases: 

Visual and Interdisciplinary: Saturday, April 20th - Sunday, June 2nd at Current Space

Literary Arts: Saturday, April 20th, 10-11am, as part of CityLit Festival at The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Film/ Video: Saturday, April 27th at 7:00pm at Theatre Project (reserve free tickets here)

Music & Performing Arts: Sunday, April 28th at 4pm at Theatre Project (reserve free tickets here)