Ladies and gentleman, the 2011 winners of The Mary Sawyers Baker Prize:
Each artist will receive $25,000 and be featured in an exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) from September 7 – October 2, 2011, culminating in a celebratory “Late Night” event on October 1 with live performances by Ms. Chen and Shodekeh.
Gary Kachadourian makes drawings and Xeroxed or ink jet printed booklets, prints or posters and occasionally curates small scale multi-artist exhibitions. He worked for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts for 22 years where he coordinated grant programs, exhibitions for Artscape, the city’s mural program and numerous temporary public arts projects. He is currently attending an MFA program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Audrey Chen is an improvisational performance artist based in Baltimore, who maintains an active touring schedule throughout Europe. Using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen performs solo, and in collaboration with a wide number of other artists.
Shodekeh is a beatboxer and vocal percussionist who often works collaboratively with dancers, musicians and visual artists. Emulating various instruments and soundscapes, he vocalizes everything from drum sets, turntables, ocean waves, to sleigh bells. Shodekeh founded and runs the Embody Series in Baltimore.
The announcement was made on a special episode of Maryland Public Television’s ArtWorks This Week during an award ceremony and celebration at The WindUp Space, where this year’s launch party was also held back in November 2010. In addition to awarding the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize winners, the 18 b Grant winners from this award season were also celebrated, whose work will also be included in The Baker Artist Awards exhibition and Late Night event at the BMA this fall.
The winners of this year’s b-grants were Copycat Theatre, Naoko Maeshiba, Mara Neimanis, Fernando Quijano III, Bashi Rose, Caleb Stein, Jim Dugan, Shaun Flynn, Andrew Liang, Nelly’s Echo, Justin Sirois, Lily Susskind, ellen cherry, Lynne Parks, Michelle Antoinette Nelson, Bruce Nelson, Nolen Strals / Bruce Willen, and Hermonie Only.
Among the b-grant winners, ellen cherry was awarded an additional prize of $500 in honor of Semmes G. Walsh, whose forty-plus years of service to the Baker Fund were characterized by integrity, common sense and a commitment to artistic excellence and his love of music. Bruce Nelson was awarded an additional prize of $500 honoring Nancy Haragan for her decade of creative service to Baltimore’s arts sector.
Last night’s party at WindUp was a huge success, and thank you to everyone who came out to join us! Everyone seemed to feel that last night was not just an award ceremony but a celebration of each other and the arts community. The support from everyone this season has been extraordinary, and it was wonderful to see it all in action last night. Check back soon for some great pictures from the event!
Special thanks to:
The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund Board
The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Doreen Bolger and the Baltimore Museum of Art
The folks at MPT: Rob Shuman, Rhea Feiken, Ken Day and Susanne Stahley
Aaron Henkin from WYPR and The Signal
Russell de Ocampo and The WindUp Space
Joe Squared, for all that pizza!
and most of all, a very special thanks to all the artists who have participated and embraced the site and proven that great things are happening in and around Baltimore!
Although the winners of the 2011 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize have been announced, we have a lot more in store for the Baker community, so