BOPA Announces Winner of $25,000 Janet & Walker Sondheim Artscape Prize

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces Akea Brionne Brown as the winner of the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The $25,000 fellowship was presented at tonight’s awards ceremony at the Walters Art Museum. Finalists Negar Ahkami, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Schroeder Cherry, Phylicia Ghee, Jackie Milad and Stephanie Williams received an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500. The finalists’ exhibition is on view at the museum through Sunday, August 11, 2019. The 14th Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is held in conjunction with the 38th annual Artscape and produced by BOPA in partnership with the Walters Art Museum.

Akea Brionne Brown (Baltimore, MD) is an emerging photographer that investigates the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary cultural milieu of the American black middle class, Brown explores today’s African-American community as it relates to historical forms of oppression, discrimination and segregation in American history. She received a Visual Task Force scholarship from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work is featured in the Smithsonian’s Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, and was recently acquired by Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. She was the 2018 winner of Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts Collection’s Documentarian of Color award. Her series, Black Picket Fences, was acquired for their permanent collection at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She was also chosen to attend the 7th annual New York Portfolio Review in 2018.

For more information about the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, visit their website. 

Source: Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts

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