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Alumni, Faculty, Students Among the 2008 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalists

For the third year, Artscape is awarding a $25,000 prize to a visual artist working in the Maryland/D.C. region.

Posted 02.18.08 by MICA Media Relations

Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announce the semi-finalists of the 2008 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. For the third year, Artscape is awarding a $25,000 prize to a visual artist working in the Maryland/D.C. region. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is designed specifically to assist area artists further their careers by allowing them to pursue tracks in their work that may not otherwise be possible. Awarded by an outside panel of three jurors, the finalists will be announced in April. The work of the finalists will be exhibited at The Baltimore Museum of Art from June 21 through August 2. The festival announces the $25,000 prize winner on Saturday, July 12 at The Baltimore Museum of Art. The remaining semi-finalists will exhibit their work at in the Decker & Meyerhoff galleries of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) from July 17 to August 2.

In 2006, MICA's Rinehart School of Sculpture alumnae Laure Drogoul received the first-ever $25,000 honor. MICA faculty member Tony Shore was the 2007 recipient.

The semi-finalists include Becky Alprin, Mount Royal School of Art student; Laura Amussen '06 (Rinehart School of Sculpture); Ryan Browning, Mount Royal School of Art student; Brent Crothers '03 (Rinehart School of Sculpture); Melissa Dickenson '02; James Rieck '03 (Mount Royal School of Art); Christopher Saah '06 (Photography & Digital Imaging & MICA faculty); Lynn Silverman, MICA faculty; Molly Springfield '00 (Post-Baccularate Certificate Program); Shaun Flynn '01; Geoff Grace '04; Maren Hassinger, MICA faculty; Courtney Jordan '06 (Hoffberger School of Painting); Youngmi Song Organ '02 (Mount Royal School of Art & MICA faculty); Beverly Ress '83 (Rinehart School of Sculpture); Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum '07 (Mount Royal School of Art); and Erin Womack '07.

This year the jurors are Laura Hoptman, Mickalene Thomas, and Darby English.

The Artscape prize is named in honor of Janet & Walter Sondheim who were instrumental in creating the Baltimore City that exists today. Artscape returns July 18-20 with 150+ artists, craftspeople and fashion designers from across the country; visual art exhibits; incredible live concerts on four outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, fashion, film and classical music, hands-on projects, children's entertainers, street theater locations; and food and beverages.

For more information on the 2008 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, visit www.artscape.org or call 410-752-8632. For more information about MICA, visit www.mica.edu or 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.