2014 Baker Artist Award Nomination now open!

Executive Director’s Letter
October 1, 2013

Today is the day.  No, I am not talking about the government shut down or healthcare.  It’s the opening of the 2014 Baker Artists Awards nomination site.  If you’re an artist and you have never participated before, it’s time your work became a part of this amazing portfolio. The Baker site has been viewed by folks in nearly every country in the world and helps promote the excellent community of Baltimore-area artists.

If you are returning this year, you will find that we have made a few changes.  For the fist time, there will be three b-grant awards with a prize that has gone from $1,000 to $5,000. We are excited to be able to increase the award and continue to be grateful to the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund for its vision and support of the awards.

In other Baker news, planning for the 2013 award winner exhibitions is well underway and also includes some new twists.  The exhibition for the Mary Sawyers Baker Awards will continue the tradition of taking place at theBaltimore Museum of Art (BMA), just a little later than usual.  Due to the BMA’s construction schedule, the exhibition will open on February 26, 2014.

Also new this year, the M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program at theMaryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will partner with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to create an exhibition celebrating the 2013 Baker Artist Awards b-grant winners. Students in the Curatorial Practice program will develop, design, and present an art exhibition and two full weeks of public programs in Station North highlighting the diverse range of artistic practices and cultural influences these artists reflect.

But now, I WILL turn my attention not to the government shut down, but to healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, October 16 at theTheatre Project, GBCA is sponsoring an information session with HealthCare Access Maryland about coverage options through Maryland Health Connection, the state’s new health insurance market place.  This session is specifically for Creative Workers of all kinds, so come on out and learn more about how changes effective today will impact you.

All the best,
Jeannie

P.S.  Remember the GBCA Happy Hournext Monday will be at Maryland Art Place.  Hope to see you on October 7.

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