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2015 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize Winners

Eric Dyer

Eric Dyer is an artist, filmmaker, experimental animator, and educator, whose latest work is aimed at methods of re-inventing the zoetrope, a pre-cinema optical toy. His award- winning films have screened internationally at numerous festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, South by Southwest, and the Ottawa, Annecy, Melbourne, and London International Animation Festivals. As a member of the Visual Arts faculty at UMBC, he teaches animation and brings students and symphony orchestras together to create music visualizations and animation performances. Dyer has received Animasivo, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Ammerman Center for Art and Technology commissions and has recently been honored as a Creative Capital Artist and Guggenheim Fellow.

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Paul Rucker

Paul Rucker is a self-taught visual artist, composer, and musician who combines media, integrating visual art with sound, original compositions, and live performance. His work is the product of a rich interactive process through which he investigates human rights issues, historical events, community impacts, and basic human emotions surrounding his subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on the prison industrial complex and the many issues that accompany incarceration. As a musician and musical director, Rucker performs as a solo cellist, leads his LARGE Ensemble of 22 musicians and works with others on collaborative compositions. Rucker has received numerous grants, awards, and residencies for his work in visual art and music. In 2013, he was named the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Artist in Residence and Research Fellow at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and is currently a resident at Creative Alliance.

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Wendel Patrick

Wendel Patrick is a composer and music producer who fuses together elements of jazz, electronica, and Hip Hop to create lush musical collages that are entirely and undoubtedly his own. His two albums, Sound: and Forthcoming, were produced without the use of samples, with Patrick playing every note of every instrument electronically. He also composes as alter ego Kevin Gift, a classical and jazz pianist. In addition to his music, Patrick is an avid photographer and videographer. His photography has been featured on NPR, and he shot all of the accompanying documentary photography and videography for Out of The Blocks. He has filmed and directed numerous music videos for other artists.

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2015 b-grant Winners


In 1964, Mary Sawyers Baker established the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund in honor of her husband. In 2008, the Governors of the Fund established Mary Sawyers Baker Prize to honor her civic involvement & devotion to the arts.
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Lynne Parks

Lynne Parks is a self-taught visual artist with a BA from Hollins University and an independent major in creative writing/ theater/film studies. “I’m grateful…

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