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2020 Baker Artist Awards Special

Friday October 9th, 7:30pm

  • Hosted by Wendel Patrick, Classical & Jazz Musician & Composer; Hip-Hop Artist & Producer, Assistant Professor at Peabody Conservatory; Co-Producer, Out of the Blocks public radio series
  • Encore broadcast on Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. on MPT2/Create and Sunday, October 11 at 6:30 a.m. on MPT-HD

2020 Baker Artist Awards Promo

The 2020 Awardees

$40,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize:

Susan Waters-Eller
Susan Waters-Eller Baker Portfolio

$10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Awardees:

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson Baker Portfolio

Matthew Porterfield
Matthew Porterfield Baker Portfolio

Jung Yun
Jung Yun Baker Portfolio

Laura Amussen
Laura Amussen Baker Portfolio

Ami Dang
Amy Dang Baker Portfolio

Wendel Patrick

2020 Baker Award Winners

This year the broadcast profiled outstanding regional artists representing six disciplines: visual arts, film and video, performance, interdisciplinary, music, and literary arts.

According to MPT Senior Arts & Culture Producer Susanne Stahley, the Baker Artist Awards Special and award prizes are especially welcome at this time, since artists have been among those hardest hit by the economic slowdown and social distancing due to the pandemic. “Many performances have been cancelled and gatherings restricted during the past six months,” notes Stahley. “These awards give significant financial, emotional, and promotional support to artists selected for their outstanding originality.”

The prize structure for 2021 will be significantly modified to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community.

This year’s Baker Artist Awards Special host, Wendel Patrick, brings a dynamic and contemporary flair to the production. A classical, jazz, hip-hop musician & composer, Patrick is also a 2015 Baker Artist Award honoree, assistant professor at The Peabody Music Conservatory and Co-Producer with Aaron Henkin, WYPR, of the acclaimed public radio series, Out of the Blocks.

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.