Last month, Debbie D. Dorsey, BOPA’s Director of the Baltimore Film Office, traveled to Park City, Utah to support Baltimore’s presence at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The annual film festival is highly anticipated as one of the biggest gatherings of filmmakers and audiences, with many films that launch at Sundance going on to gain critical acclaim worldwide.
This year’s festival featured screenings of narratives,
documentaries, and shorts from all over the world, including Sweden, Iran,
Mexico, Germany, and more. BOPA is proud to report that Baltimore was also
present among this international roundup of films and storytellers.
“Baltimore was well represented at the 2020 Sundance Film
Festival,” says Dorsey, fresh off of her first trip to Park City for the
festival. Dorsey was able to attend screenings, meet with cast and crew, and
see Baltimore talent shine at Sundance.
1. As the Visual Arts Specialist, what is your position within the Arts Council at BOPA?
I work as a project manager for the Sondheim Artscape Prize, the Municipal Art Society’s Artist Travel Prize and Public Art Prize, Public Art Projects, and the visual arts awards for the state’s Scholastic Art Awards.
Sure! The call for artists just closed, so I review all the applications to make sure they are complete before sending them along to our jurors to score. Our jurors (Gary Carrion-Murayari from the New Musuem, photographer Nona Faustine, and Diya Vij from the High Line) will score all 300 entries, and from those scores the top 25 to 30 artists will be semi-finalists, who submit additional materials which the jurors score again. This scoring is used to shape the discussion in the in-person meeting (usually in New York), where the jurors select the finalists for the prize. The in-person meeting is crucial to the process, in my experience this helps to come up with a very thought-through group of artists. These finalists are then notified and have meetings with The Walters Art Museum staff to help figure out the gallery layout, needs of each artist, etc. That show will open Thursday, May 28, 2020. Then, the jurors will travel to Baltimore to interview each artist in their exhibition on Saturday, July 11, 2020 with the announcement of the recipient of the award that evening.
1. Tell us a bit about your role & responsibilities as Arts Council Director:
As the Arts Council Director I am responsible for implementing strategic leadership, planning and outreach to artists and the artist community within the city of Baltimore. I also develop and oversee programs and work to develop new initiatives to enhance and support arts resources within the community including institutions, organizations, and individual artists throughout the city of Baltimore.
2. What would
you like Baltimoreans to know most about the Arts Council and BOPA’s role in
We are here to serve them and keep them working in the city! As the City’s arts council I think it is extremely important for people to know that we are invested in helping support artists at every level of professional development as well as keeping communities informed and engaged about the arts.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts,
Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the 15th edition of the Janet &
Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The prize
will award $25,000 to a visual
artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore
region. Approximately six finalists will be selected for the final review for
the prizes; their work will be exhibited in the Walters Art Museum.
not selected for the Sondheim Prize will be awarded an M&T Bank Finalist
Award of $2,500 each.
New for this year, we will also be awarding a Sondheim Creative Residency, a six-week long fully funded residency at La Civatella Ranieri, in the Umbria region of Italy, to one of the remaining five finalists not selected for the Sondheim Prize.
Arlington Arts Center is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2020, to take place April 11 – June 6, 2020. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo-style exhibitions or projects to take place in one of AAC’s seven separate gallery spaces. Proposals are accepted through an open call and selected by guest jurors, in consultation with AAC staff. Artists are encouraged to propose exhibitions of previously unseen bodies of work and/or other new or previously unexhibited projects or installations. Proposals that specifically take into account AAC’s exhibition spaces are encouraged.
WHO CAN SUBMIT Artists who produce contemporary art in any media, and who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region (defined as Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or Delaware) may submit exhibition proposals. Any existing works must have been completed within the last 3 years in order to be considered.
GUEST JURORS Terence Washington, Departments of Academic Programs and Modern Art, National Gallery of Art; Michael Benevento, Director, Current Space
Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University is now accepting entries for the 31st National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020. The exhibition will be held March 23 through April 24, 2020.
A minimum of $1,500 available in purchase prize money.
The Public Art Across Maryland program supports communities planning and creating public art. The program supports community visioning activities and planning processes to develop a public art concept idea, as well as funds to create and produce the final public artwork. The resulting work may be in any media, temporary or permanent, and inside or outside. The artwork must be free and publicly accessible to all.
Maryland non-profit organizations and/or local government may apply for either Planning Grant of up to $2500, or an Implementation Grant of up to $10,000 for a public art project that is developed through a community-driven engagement process.