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As Virginia-based artist wins Sondheim Prize, Mayor urges artists who can’t afford D.C. and New York to move to Baltimore

July 15, 2013

IMG_6353Saturday night in the auditorium of the Walters’ Museum, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that Gabriela Bulisova, an artist from Northern Virginia, won the $30 thousand Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, “Baltimore’s Most Prestigious Art Award.” (Artscape’s website reported that the award was $25 thousand, but M&T Bank announced they would once again add $5 grand more to the pot).

But, perhaps the mayor had read our critique of predominance of Washington-based artists as finalists for the prize, which bills itself as “Baltimore’s Most Prestigious Art award,” and bears the name of a Baltimore arts festival, because she urged the artists who were struggling to afford to live in Washington D.C. and New York City to move to Baltimore. The invitation presumably did not apply to Bulisova, who now has $30 thousand more to spend in Northern Virginia.

Also, to the Mayor’s credit, she did not use big fake scissors at the grand opening of the Chesapeake this week.

[Photo: Rebecca Scott Lord]


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