About the Awards
WELCOME to the Baker Artist Awards.
The Baker Artist Awards is a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and was established in 2008 to support Baltimore area artists and to promote their work to regional, national and international audiences. The Baker Artist Awards are designed to support and advance the careers of all nominees, the metropolitan arts community, and Baltimore's image as a creative community. The Baker Artist Awards celebrate a dedication to art, mastery of craft, and a commitment to excellence.
The Baker Artist Awards site has been viewed by thousands of art lovers, critics, gallery owners, academics and leaders in creative business in nearly every country around the globe.
The awards are funded by The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.
Mary Sawyers Baker, one of Baltimore's early philanthropists, studied voice as a young girl in Paris and embraced the arts throughout her life. She established the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund in 1964 to honor her husband, a well-known Baltimore civic leader. In 2007, the Fund narrowed its philanthropic mission to focus exclusively on arts and culture.
The Mary Sawyers Baker Prize was established in 2008. Up to three prizes are awarded annually for up to $25,000 each.
The b-grants were established in 2010 to promote the quality, diversity, and depth of the region’s arts scene. In previous years, up to ten b-grants of $1,000 each have been awarded. This year, we are excited to announce that b-grants will be increased to $5,000 for up to three awards. The b-grants recognize both emerging artists and established artists exploring new directions.
One b-grant honors Semmes G. Walsh, whose more than forty years of service to Baltimore and the Baker Fund was characterized by integrity, common sense and a commitment to artistic excellence. Walsh's daughter, composer and singer Marion Walsh, recorded the tribute, "Song for My Father" which can be heard on her website at www.marionwalsh.com
One b-grant honors Nancy Haragan, founding director of The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, for her years of creative service to Baltimore's arts sector.
Nominations for the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize opens October 1, 2013 and closes at 11:59 PM on January 15, 2014. The Mary Sawyers Baker selection process will be conducted by a private jury of national and international multidisciplinary experts. Artists nominated in previous rounds need not wait until October to prepare their online application; returning entrants may edit and update their work for the upcoming round as early as April 2013.
To nominate yourself for the 2013 Baker Artist Awards, you must be at least 21 years old and have been a legal resident of the Baltimore region since October 1, 2012. The Baltimore region is defined as: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County. The Baker Artist Awards are intended for individual artists and groups of artists working as a collective. Artists working in any discipline or multiple disciplines are eligible to win Mary Sawyers Baker and b-grant prizes and winners of the b-grant prizes remain eligible to win the Mary Sawyers Baker prizes. Organizations and venues are not eligible.
Winners of the Mary Sawyers Baker and b-grant prizes will be required to provide additional proof of age and residency beyond information requested through the online self-nomination process.
The Baker Artist Awards is managed by The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. All inquiries regarding eligibility should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community embraced by all as accessible, relevant, and essential to the region’s quality of life.GBCA connects artists and groups to one another and to vital resources and advocates for the strategic issues facing the cultural community and the continued visibility and financial strength of the sector.
GBCA believes that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of the Greater Baltimore region and that the cultural community is stronger together than apart. GBCA is inclusive, grass roots, nimble, and independent.GBCA members include arts, culture, history, heritage organizations and attractions as well as individual artists. GBCA serves Baltimore City and Baltimore County as well as Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties.
About The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund
The William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund commits its resources to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by making investments in arts and culture. Its grants support artistic and cultural organizations and their partners through initiatives that enhance an individual's sense of self and pleasure and make Baltimore a more attractive place to live and work.