The winners of the 2020 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize have been announced!
Congratulations to Schroeder Cherry and Hoesy Corona, who will each receive $6,000 in funding for travel essential to their studio practice.
The fifth annual Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Artist Travel Prize is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City.
Schroeder Cherry plans for six days of travel to Salvador, Brazil to study African diaspora in paintings, murals and assemblage art. The experience would expand Cherry’s knowledge of Black images, historic and contemporary, in the city with the largest African diaspora population outside Africa. Cherry’s work depicts Black diaspora experiences in the US.
Hoesy Corona will travel to Yuriria, Guanajuato, Mexico and the surrounding rural town of Tierra Blanca to inform a new body of work tentatively titled “Acts of Liberation”. The series will draw from Corona’s personal experiences as a queer-Mexican-immigrant to poetically consider how immigrants thrive in a new place despite their unique circumstances.
Schroeder Cherry (Baltimore, MD) is an artist and museum educator, originally from Washington, D.C. Cherry earned a bachelor of fine arts in painting and puppetry from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in museum education from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in museum education from Columbia University, New York. His works are informed by a broad sweep of narratives, literature, mythology, music, current events and history. His preferred medium is acrylic with found objects on wood. Keys, cowrie shells, glass and metal often appear in his works, as well. Although the works tend to have a storyline, Schroeder appreciates hearing viewers’ responses to the pieces. Schroeder’s exhibitions in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area include MAXgallery; Hamilton Arts Collective; Fleckenstein Gallery; Maryland Art Place; RESORT; The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture; Artists and Makers Studios; Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum; Watergate Gallery; Function Gallery; and The Walters Art Museum; in addition to his current series on barbershops. In 2019 he was a finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.
Hoesy Corona (Baltimore, MD) is a multidisciplinary artist working in both visual and performance art. He creates uncategorized works that draw from his personal experiences as a queer Mexican immigrant in the United States. His works oftentimes confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Recurring themes of race/class/gender, otherness, celebration, nature, isolation, and the climate crisis are all present throughout his work. His colorful sculptural works fitted to the human body have been presented at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, Gilcrease Museum, and The Reach at The Kennedy Center. Recent honors include a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a Merriweather District Artist in Residence, a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship, a Ruby’s Artist Grant, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant. In 2020 he was a finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. He lives and works in Baltimore, MD and Tulsa, OK.
About the MASB Artist Travel Prize
The fifth edition of the MASB Artist Travel Prize awards $6,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living in Baltimore City. The $6,000 prize is intended to function as funding for travel essential to studio practice that an artist may not otherwise be able to afford. The previous winners of the MASB Artist Travel Prize are LaToya M. Hobbs and J.M. Giordano in 2019, Erin Fostel and Erick Antonio Benitez in 2018, Nate Larson in 2017, and Stephen Towns in 2016. The winners have traveled to Morocco, Czech Republic, Japan, Peru, throughout the United States, and to Ghana and Senegal.
Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City
The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASOB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City, including this Artist Travel Prize and an annual Public Art Prize.