Winner announced for the C. Sylvia & Eddie C. Brown Studio at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Competition

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, LLC are pleased to announce Maya Freelon Asante as the winner of the C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Studio at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Competition.

With the support of Baltimore philanthropists Eddie and Sylvia Brown, the studio is offered free of charge to an emerging visual artist for a period of two years. The tenancy will begin on or about Dec. 1, 2009 and conclude Nov. 30, 2011.

Participating jurors are highly-qualified industry professionals and are independent of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, LLC and Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Panelists include Cathy Byrd, director of Maryland Art Place; Mark Cameron, executive director of the Neighborhood Design Center; and Tonya Ingersol, artist and daughter of Eddie and Sylvia Brown. Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, located at 21 S. Eutaw Street is a facility managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

Maya Freelon Asante, a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has exhibited internationally, including shows at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and DePaul University Art Museum in Chicago. Asante’s work “acknowledges and celebrates the interconnectedness of humanity.” She is currently showing work in an exhibition at the Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore.

The studio, located in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, features large windows and 360 square feet of workspace and includes high-speed Internet access, 24-hour secure access and year-round climate control. The tower, which reopened in 2007, hosts more than 30 artist work spaces. Tenants in the historic building, an icon on the Baltimore skyline, are practicing artists in a recognized visual or literary medium.

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