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MICA Community Members Among the 2012 Sondheim Finalists, Semi-Finalists

The competition will award a $30,000 finalist fellowship to a visual artist or artist team

Posted 04.17.12 by MICA Communications

Photo taken by Phylicia Ghee '10

Baltimore-- The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) recently announced the six 2012 finalists for the seventh annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, with the news that the winning prize has been increased to $30,000. In addition, M&T Bank has partnered with BOPA and established the M&T Bank Sondheim Finalists' Awards, which provides a $2,500 honorarium to each of the remaining finalists who were not selected for the fellowship.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is a competition that awards a $30,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators that will further fund their careers. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotions & The Arts, the 2012 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with the annual Artscape juried exhibition. The finalists and semifinalists' exhibitions are presented in a partnership with The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and MICA. An award announcement and reception will take place on Saturday, July 14 at the BMA. The prize was named in honor of Janet and Walter Sondheim, Jr., who were essential in shaping Baltimore City as it stands today, from becoming and working with the city's civic leaders to spending years teaching children at the Children's Guild.

The finalists' work will be exhibited in the Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Galleries of the BMA from Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, July 29, 2012. An exhibition of the remaining semifinalists' work will be shown in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of MICA from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, August 5, 2012.

The MICA community members who are finalists for the 2012 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize are:

Jonathan Duff '12 graduated from the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008; thereafter, he began exhibiting his sculptures and paintings throughout Minneapolis, including shows at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota Center for Photography and the 1419 gallery - of which he was a founder. Since arriving in Baltimore, Duff has exhibited at City Arts in Baltimore and Scope in Miami. He is a 2011 alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and will receive his M.F.A. from MICA's Mount Royal School of Art in May.

Matthew Janson '09 creates mixed media sculptures that he describes as "an up-close, colorful, detailed, opened and closed and multiplied menu of the body," while also being "tombstones for a cemetery that has turned carnival." His work has been included in exhibitions at various venues across the region, including the BMA as a finalist for the 2010 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, the Subbasement Gallery, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and Baltimore's Theatre Project. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minn. in 2005, where he later held positions as assistant gallery director and sculpture technician. In 2009, he received a Master of Fine Arts from MICA, where he was a student in Mount Royal School of Art.

John McNeil '11 was born and raised in Maine where he attended the Maine Photographic Workshops, before attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. McNeil received his master's degree in fine arts in photographic and electronic media from MICA in 2011. His photographs function as investigations into spaces and objects, most found abandoned by McNeil, and the stories that they tell. He has exhibited extensively in both the Baltimore and Portland, Maine areas, including several exhibitions at MICA in Baltimore, and the SPACE Gallery and the Front Room Gallery in Portland, Maine. Now based in Baltimore, McNeil is currently a Photographic & Electronic Media faculty member at MICA.

READ: Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Announced

The semifinalists of the 2012 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (MICA connections are in bold):

• Seth Adelsberger
• Laura Amussen
• Keith Bentley
John Bohl '05 (painting, staff)
Lauren Boilini '08 (Mount Royal, faculty)
Gabriela Bulisova '02 '05 (photography, Photographic & Electronic Media)
• Amanda Burnham
• Dustin Carlson
Leah Cooper '09 (Studio Art)
• Robin Croft
Brent Crothers '89 '03 (sculpture, Rinehart School of Sculpture, faculty)
Caitlin Cunningham '05 (general sculptural studies)
• Lisa Dillin
Jonathan Duff (Mount Royal, student)
• Susan Eder & Craig Dennis
• Hasan Elahi
Annie Farrar '04 (painting)
• Mia Feuer
Shaun Flynn '01 (general fine arts, staff)
Carrie Fucile '04 (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts)
Clarissa Gregory '07 '09 (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Mount Royal)
Joshua Haycraft '09 (Mount Royal, faculty)
• Artemis Herber
Ricardo Hoegg '88 (Hoffberger)
Lillian Hoover '05 (Mount Royal)
Ryan Hoover '06 (Mount Royal, faculty, staff)
Laura Hudson '11 (Mount Royal)
Mark Isaac '07 '08 (Digital Arts, Photographic & Electronic Media)
Matthew Janson '09 (Mount Royal)
• Dean Kessmann
• Bridget Lambert
Nate Larson (faculty)
• Andrew Laumann
Nicole Lenzi '07 (M.F.A. Studio Art)
Katherine Mann '09 (Hoffberger)
• Ben Marcin
• Shalya Marsh
Matthew McConville (faculty)
John McNeil '11 (Photographic & Electronic Media, faculty)
Sarah McNeil '11 (Mount Royal)
Steven Pearson '97 (Hoffberger)
• John Ruppert
Molly Springfield '00 (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, faculty)
• Dan Steinhilber
• Renee Stout
• Nora Sturges
Michael Zebrowski (faculty)


Photo caption: Photo taken by Phylicia Ghee '10