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THE 2016 BAKER ARTIST AWARDS: An Artworks Special

Airing on MPT-HD on Thursday, May 12, at 8:30 pm & at noon on Sunday, May 15 on MPT2

What's the best kept secret of the arts community? Answer: the winners of the Baker Artist Awards! Every year, the identities of these artists are a closely held secret until announced - - exclusively -- on Maryland Public Television.

This year, the 2016 Baker Artist Awards: An Artworks Special broadcasts on Thursday, May 12, at 8:30 pm on MPT-HD, and at noon on Sunday, May 15 on MPT2.

The 2016 Baker Artist Awards celebrates both individuals with outstanding talent as well as greater Baltimore's creative vitality. Artists are encouraged to create an online Baker Artist Portfolio and become automatically eligible for the awards. This year, five artists have been selected to win a total of $85,000 in prizes, which were restructured from recent years.

The significant $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize was established to be transformational to the life and career of one exemplary artist. The $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and three $5,000 prizes – the Semmes G. Walsh, Nancy Haragan and Board of Governors Awards -- are presented to artists who also exemplify mastery of craft, commitment to excellence and a unique and compelling vision. The awardees were chosen by a private jury of national and international multidisciplinary experts.

Host Rhea Feikin presents profiles of the recipients of the $50,000 and $20,000 Prizes and interviews these artists for intriguing insight into their creative evolution and process.

The Baker Artist Portfolio website and associated awards were established by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

In August, the Baltimore Museum of Art will host an exhibition of the Baker Artists.

2016 Baker Artist Awards: An Artworks Special broadcasts on Thursday, May 12, at 8:30 pm on MPT-HD, and at noon on Sunday, May 15 on MPT2.