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Proudly Announcing the Sondheim Semifinalists
The Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize is the Greater Baltimore area's most prestigious art prize. Now in its 17th year, the competition attracts visual artists who work in a variety of mediums to apply. A panel of three jurors — all accomplished experts in their own right — reviews the applicants and selects the pool of semifinalists who will move on to the next stage.

This year's semifinalists represent the immense talent that exists in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. These artists work in film, fiber, paint, paper, sculpture, and photography, among other mediums. Their work addresses social and cultural identities, historical conspiracies, mythologies, power imbalances, and more. Here are the 2022 Sondheim Art Prize semifinalists:

Tommy Bobo (Washington, DC), Marybeth Chew (Baltimore, MD), Sue Crawford (Baltimore, MD), Andrew Gray (Baltimore, MD), Maren Henson (Baltimore, MD), Megan Koeppel (Baltimore, MD), Travis Levasseur (Baltimore, MD), Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann (Washington, DC), David Page (Baltimore, MD), Mojdeh Rezaeipour (Washington, DC), Amber Robles-Gordon (Washington, DC), Katiana Weems (Baltimore, MD), and James Williams II (Baltimore, MD).

The three semifinalists who are selected for final review for the Sondheim Art Prize will be announced in April. Until then, let's get to know our semifinalists! Click the button below to read each of their bios, and be sure to follow BOPA on social media (@promoandarts) to see examples of the semifinalists' work in the coming weeks.
Quantifying the Impact of Arts Across the City
The 13 semifinalists will be asked to share an expanded submission including up to 30 images or time-based works and a description of how they will use the fellowship if they are selected. The jurors will then select three of the semifinalists for final review for the prize and their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum in July 2022. The three finalists will be announced in April.
This year, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize will award $30,000 to a visual artist or artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. The award will be paid in monthly installments: $8,000 will be paid for the first month and $2,000 for each of the following 11 months. If artist collaborators are selected the payments will be equally divided between the collaborating artists.
The jurors will award the two finalists not selected for the Sondheim Art Prize one of two residencies: a six-week, fully funded residency at Civitella Ranieri in the Umbria region of Italy, and a six-month residency at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore. Each of these unique and inspiring settings will give these artists space to explore and continue to deepen their practice.
On View at Top of the World & Bromo Tower
Ernest Shaw Jr.'s 'Continuous Line' exhibition continues through Sunday, April 17, at the Top of the World Observation Level. There will be an Artist Talk on Thursday, March 17, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. For more information, hours, and tickets to Top of the World, click the button below.
Aliana Grace Bailey
Raquel Thompson
Derrick 'DJ' Smith
The Emerge Baltimore exhibition series continues at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower with the work of three incredible artists: Aliana Grace Bailey, Raquel Thompson, and Derrick 'DJ' Smith. Their individual solo shows are on view through Sunday, April 24, 2022. For more information about visiting the Bromo Arts Tower, click the button below.
BOPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means our programming is largely funded by donations from our constituents. Your tax-deductible donation helps us produce more events like these exhibitions.
Highlandtown's First Friday Art Walk Is Tomorrow
The next First Friday Art Walk in the Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District is tomorrow. On Friday, March 4, from 5:00–9:00 p.m., head on down to Highlandtown for pop-up galleries, food and drink specials, locally-made gifts, and more. This event is a blast for art lovers of all ages, so bring the whole family! For an interactive map of the participating shops and restaurants, click below.
Visit The Cloisters During Our Open House
On Saturday, March 12, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., you are cordially invited to visit The Cloisters during our Open House Plus. This event is designed to help newly-engaged couples get a jump-start on wedding planning. Couples will get a tour of the castle and meet with an array of local vendors — from caterers to photographers to DJs and more. Visitors and guests need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours to attend. For more information, click the button below.
100+ Independant Films From All Over the World
The sixth annual Ocean City Film Festival kicks off Thursday, March 3, and runs through Sunday, March 6, in Ocean City, Maryland. Over 100 independent films will be shown over the course of the weekend — 17 of which were produced in Maryland. If you can't make it over to the Eastern Shore, you can still participate. Virtual access to the film catalog will be available to all-access passholders. For the film guide, information about special events scheduled throughout the weekend, and how to buy passes, click the button below.
Activities Inspired by the Joan Mitchell Exhibition
Enjoy a day of celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) inspired by the new Joan Mitchell exhibition. On Saturday, March 6, from 1:00–5:00 p.m., experience live improvisational music performances produced in partnership with the High Zero Foundation, French pastries crafted by Crust by Mack, a hands-on painting workshop with artist Katie Pumphrey, and free admission to the exhibition. This event is open to all ages. For more information, and to reserve your free timed-entry pass, click the button below.
Writing, Revising, & Editing YOUR Story
CityLit Project presents the 19th annual CityLit Festival, a celebration of literature for readers and writers alike. "How We Break Free: Confronting Hard Truths" is the underlying theme of the month-long event this year.

On Tuesday, March 8, from 7:00–8:30 p.m., join some of the nation’s literary finest online as they discuss revision, editing, the bold undertaking of writing the body through trauma and desire, and more in a 90-minute craft intensive. The main session will be followed by The Writer’s Room with author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai from 8:30–9:00 p.m. To register for this free event, click below.
BOPA is a sponsor of the CityLit Festival and is proud to partner with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to support readers and writers of all ages.
Tune in to This Free Event Next Week
On Thursday, March 10, from 4:00–6:00 p.m., join the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) for Maryland’s 2022 Poetry Out Loud State Competition. This event will be live-streamed with ASL interpreters and live captioning available. This poetry recitation contest is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Poetry Foundation, and administered by U.S. state arts agencies and regional arts organizations across the country. Maryland's competition is produced by MSAC. To register for this free event, click below.
Hosted by Black Cherry Puppet Theater
On Saturday, March 12, & Sunday, March 13, check out the Black Cherry Puppet Slamwich to enjoy a puppetry performance for grown-ups! This performance is supported in part by the Creative Baltimore Fund, a BOPA program that provides general operating support and project or practice support to artists and arts organizations in Baltimore City. Doors for the Puppet Slamwich will open 30 minutes before each showtime with limited seating. For showtimes, tickets, and safety protocols, click below.
Black Cherry Puppet Theater was a participating organization of BOPA's Free Fall Baltimore in 2021. BOPA is proud to provide support through programs like Free Fall to help smaller arts organizations Black Cherry Puppet Theater continue their work in the community.
In Case You Missed It
Matt Pittroff and Steve Blair, from the production company Workingstiff, discuss what makes Baltimore a great town in which to film. They mention BOPA's Baltimore Film Office as a helpful organization for handling some of the logistics. Read their full interview below.

Howard County middle school student Samantha Pickett produced a short film titled "The Power of Play" that will be shown this weekend at the Ocean City Film Festival. Read about her film and the awards its received already at the link below.

Another piece of news from the Ocean City Film Festival... The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) are showing HOLES: A Puppet Anthology (which was also a part of Free Fall Baltimore) on Saturday at FOX Gold Coast. Read about the interview with the filmmakers below.

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