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February 21, 2017 (Baltimore, MD) The Baker Artist Portfolios is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2017 Baker Artist Awards. Of the 900 Portfolios submitted this year, these 31 artists have been selected by an anonymous jury for exemplifying mastery of craft, artistic excellence, and a unique and compelling vision. 

From this collection, one artist per discipline will be selected to win a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker (MSB) Prize. 

One of the six selected artists will be chosen to receive the Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, which includes an additional $30,000, for a total of $40,000. 

The winners of the 2017 Baker Artist Awards will be announced on Thursday, May 25th on a special episode of Maryland Public Television’s Artworks program, and will also receive an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

2016 Baker Artist Award Finalists: 

Visual: David Brown, Ryan Hoover, Nancy Linden, David Marion, Christine Neill, David Page, Bill Schmidt, Leslie Shellow, Sylvie van Helden, Susan Waters-Eller, Marcia Wolfson Ray 

Literary: Maria Adelmann, Elizabeth Dickinson, Michael Doane, Kathy Flann

Music: Susan Alcorn, Lafayette Gilchrest, Lura Johnson, Meng Su 

Film/Video: Theo Anthony, Matthew Porterfield, Lynn Tomlinson 

Interdisciplinary: Sara Dittrich, Gigi McKendric, Bashi Rose, Jann Rosen-Queralt, Al Zaruba 

Performance: Anna Fitzgerald, Ryan Johnson, Naoko Maeshiba, Lisi Stoessel

Earlier Event: December 9
Later Event: September 16