Get ready for the 2012 Baker Artist Awards Opening Celebration at the BMA!!!

Executive Director’s Report
September 4th, 2012

The Baker Artists Awards are preparing to celebrate their fifth year and it is time to reflect on their impact and to celebrate their accomplishments. This Friday, September 7th at 6:30, we’ll be doing just that at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Performances by Smooth Kentucky (b-grant) and Nathan Bell (Mary Sawyers Baker Prize) will begin at 6:30pm. You can also tour the gallery to see the work of ten talented visual artists, including Baker Prize winners David Knopp and Alexander Heilner.

The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund established the truly unique Baker Artist Awards in 2008-2009 to recognize Baltimore’s artists and engage regional, national and international audiences in supporting these artists’ work. The Awards encourage all Baltimore area artists working in any creative discipline to register, exhibit their work, comment on others’ work, select favorite works, promote the site to friends, enjoy the broad public attention given to the site and compete for the Mary Sawyers Baker Prizes and b-grant awards.

To learn more about the awards, and more importantly to take a look at the submissions of all nominees, go to

Now that the roar of the Indy car engines has subsided, be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming celebration for UMBC’s new Performing Arts and Humanities Building on Wednesday, September 19th from 2:00 to 9:00pm. GBCA is a partner in the celebration which includes conversations with leaders breaking fresh ground in the region’s cultural landscape. Also, the Mayor’s Cultural Town Hall meeting on the evening of October 17th at AVAM. It is important that our community show its strength and diversity, so be sure to make your presence felt. More details will follow shortly.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday night,


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