Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama's portrait, wins $40,000

Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who painted Michelle Obama's portrait, wins $40,000

Baltimore artist Amy Sherald can add one more triumph to a year full of accolades — the 2018 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, which is accompanied by a $40,000 award.

Sherald captured the largest of six Baker Artist Awards that were announced Friday night on a broadcast of Maryland Public Televison’s “Artworks” program. The $40,000 award is the largest art prize in the region, according to a Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance news release.

Sherald could not be reached for comment. But Connie Imboden, president of the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, praised Sherald’s “remarkable artistry” in the release.

“Amy’s work has struck a...

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