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Alumni Arts Group Wins 2009 Sondheim Prize

Baltimore Development Cooperative Continues MICA's Sweep of Prestigious Award

Posted 07.11.09 by MICA Media Relations

BALTIMORE--Baltimore Development Cooperative, founded by MICA alumni Scott Berzofsky '04, Dane Nester '05 and Nicholas Wisniewski '04, is the winner of the 2009 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize of $25,000. Mayor Sheila Dixon presented the artists with the award at a ceremony on July 11 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in conjunction with Artscape, the $25,000 prize recognizes the achievements of visual artists or visual artist collaborators living or working in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia, and southeastern Pennsylvania. The 2009 contest drew 334 entries.

This marks the fourth year in a row that a MICA alumnus took home the prestigious award. Geoff Grace (BFA, MAT '04) won the 2008 prize for his work, it's the linger, not the long. The 2007 prize was awarded to MICA faculty Tony Shore (BFA '93) and the 2006 inaugural winner was Laure Drogoul (MFA '81).

Besides the Baltimore Development Cooperative, the other 2009 finalists were MICA alumni Leslie Furlong (MFA '02), Jessie Lehson (BFA '02, MFA '08) and Molly Springfield (Post-Baccalaureate certificate '00), as well artists Ryan Hackett and Karen Yasinsky.

An exhibition of finalists' work is being shown at the museum, 10 Art Museum Drive, through Aug. 16. An exhibition of semifinalists' work will be shown at MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries July 17-Aug. 2, coinciding with the 2009 Artscape Festival, which takes place July 17-19.

For more information about MICA's talented alumni, call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.