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Sondheim Artscape Prize( Photo by Karen Jackson, for the Baltimore Sun / July 12, 2014 )
Sarah Oppenheimer, left, Olivia Shao and Claire Gilman
The sculpture court at the Walters Art Museum was abuzz with excitement, as a crowd of around 400 celebrated at the end of an evening that had included viewing an exhibition of the work of the finalists for the Sondheim Artscape Prize, followed by the announcement of the winner of the $25,000 prize, Baltimore artist Neil Feather.
"Everybody in Baltimore's art world is here tonight," said Ben Stone, Station North Arts and Entertainment District executive director. "Everybody's cleaned up. Everybody's wearing their best clothes."
"I'm so thrilled our community comes out to support this, said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, which had organized the event. "It's truly a celebration."
Julia Marciari-Alexander, Walters Art Museum director, had an historical take on the event.
"I just love having contemporary art in this building," she said. "The Walters themselves were great contemporary art collectors in their time. So I think they would just be so happy to see these young vibrant Baltimore artists represented here so beautifully."
As for the biggest cause for celebration for the evening's winner: "I can keep on making stuff," Feather said with a smile. "That's the most fun thing."
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