The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) has been proudly producing the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize since 2006.
The annual prize awards at least a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region. In addition, each year’s finalists also receive a Finalists Prize and the opportunity to show their work at a major Baltimore Art Museum. The Maryland Institute College of Art hosted the first Finalist Exhibition in 2006, but starting in 2007, has been hosting the Semi-Finalist Exhibition. The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum have been interchangeably hosting the Finalist Exhibitions since 2007. The Baltimore Museum of Art hosted the Finalist Exhibitions from 2007 – 2012, as well as in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The Walters Art Museum hosted the 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 Finalist Exhibitions.
The 2020 Sondheim Artscape Prize Exhibition was held virtually due to COVID-19. For 2021, the Sondheim Prize Finalist Exhibition is scheduled to be held at The Walters Art Museum (but will be held virtually if needed).
2006: Laure Drogoul (Baltimore, MD)
2007: Tony Shore (Baltimore, MD)
2008: Geoff Grace (Baltimore, MD)
2009: Baltimore Development Cooperative (Baltimore, MD)
2010: Ryan Hackett (Kennsington, MD)
2011: Matthew Porterfield (Baltimore, MD)
2012: Renee Stout (Washington, DC)
2013: Gabriela Bulisova (Washington, DC)
2014: Neil Feather (Baltimore, MD)
2015: Wickerham & Lomax (Baltimore, MD)
2016: FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture (Baltimore, MD)
2017: Cindy Cheng (Baltimore, MD)
2018: Erick Antonio Benitez (Baltimore, MD)
2019: Akea Brionne Brown (Baltimore, MD)
2020: LaToya M. Hobbs (Baltimore, MD)