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Alumnus Awarded Mary Sawyers Baker Prize


Posted 05.02.14 by MICA Communications

Brent Crothers, "Beauty in the Fall” (detail),  Photographed by Joseph Hyde.

Brent Crothers '89 '03 (sculpture, Rinehart School of Sculpture) is one of three winners of the 2014 Mary Sawyers Baker prize of $25,000.

The Baker Artist Awards were created to promote greater Baltimore as a strong creative community and support Baltimore artists and their creative endeavors. Each year, awards are made in two categories: the Mary Sawyers Baker Prizes and the b-grants. Mary Sawyers Baker Prizes are awarded annually to recognize established artists who demonstrate a commitment to excellence, dedication to their art and a mastery of craft. The organization created the "b-grant" program in 2010 to promote the quality, diversity and depth of the region's arts scene.

Crothers' winning nomination merged recycled materials to create an original piece of art. Crothers explained, "My pieces are a type of physical poetry with an emphasis on form and relationships of materials and our relationship to these materials. The artwork comes in part from a strong environmental viewing of the world, a sustainable world."

Crothers was a previous Baker Artist Award winner, receiving the "b-grant" in 2012.

Former winners of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize from the MICA community include Jonathan Latiano '12 (Mount Royal School of Art) and Associate Dean for Design and Media Alexander Heilner. Previous "b-grant" winners include Leah Cooper '09 (Studio Art), Robby Rackleff '09 (Mount Royal School of Art), Tiffany Jones '12 (photography), Miranda Pfeiffer '11 (interdisciplinary sculpture) and Marcia Wolfson-Ray '75 '95 (general fine arts, Mount Royal).

For more information about the Baker Artist Awards, please visit here.

Image Caption: Brent Crothers, Beauty in the Fall (detail), photographed by Joseph Hyde.