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2020 Baker Artist Awards Special

Meet the 2020 Baker Artist Awardees and our new Artworks Host, Wendel Patrick, who brings a dynamic and contemporary flair to the production.

2020 Baker Artist Awards Special Aired: Friday October 9th, 7:30pm, 2020

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 Producer Susanne Stahley. “These awards give significant financial, emotional, and promotional support to artists selected for their outstanding originality.”

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.

THE 2021 BAKER ARTIST AWARDS SPECIAL will air  the fall of 2021 with a new prize structure – over 30 are artists were awarded cash prizes, due to the hardships caused by COVID 19.


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 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