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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, Assistant Professor at Peabody
  • 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

2020 Baker Award Winners

$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

Maryland Public Television (MPT) will present the 2020 Baker Artist Awards Special Friday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. on MPT-HD. The annual broadcast profiles outstanding regional artists representing six disciplines: visual arts, film and video, performance, interdisciplinary, music, and literary arts.

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 and assistant professor at The Peabody Music Conservatory.

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.

Baker Artist Awards prizes for honorees total $90,000. An exemplary artist from each discipline is awarded a $10,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. From these honorees, one artist is selected to receive the Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, an additional $30,000 award intended to be transformational to the life and career of the recipient. Since being established 11 years ago, the fund has awarded more than one million dollars to area artists.

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.”

Encore broadcasts of the Baker Artist Awards Special will be offered Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. on MPT2/Create and Sunday, October 11 at 6:30 a.m. on MPT-HD.