The Baker Artist Award is still very young in the arts philanthropy world in Baltimore, but it has already made a huge impact.  The Baker Fund has given away $342,000 over the last four years to 52 area artists. Each year the Baker Artist Award gives $1,000 B-Grant awards to nine local artists from all disciplines. They also give away three $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prizes to jury selected Baltimore artists that have shown mastery in their art.  I got the honor of getting a personal preview tour of the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibit this week with one of the Prize winners, photographer Alex Heilner.

 

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