7 artists named finalists for $25,000 Sondheim prize

Seven artists, whose works span experimental musical instruments and genealogy-inspired sculpture, are the finalists in the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

The prize, which provides the winner with a $25,000 fellowship award that will help them further develop and create their work, is named after civic leader Walter Sondheim and his wife, Janet.

The artists are:

•Lauren Adams, whose paintings, drawings, prints and other works explore power, politics and labor.

•Kyle Bauer, who employs themes of sea navigation in mixed-media sculpture.

•Shannon Collis, who experiments with the interaction between digital media and visual and aural experiences.

•Marley Dawson, whose kinetic installations employ math and physics.

•Neil Feather, who invents and performs with musical instruments.

•Kyle Tata , whose photos, prints and other works examine Modernism.

•Stewart Watson, who uses family artifacts and genealogy as the basis for sculptural installations.

All have Baltimore connections. The finalists who do not win the ultimate prize will receive a $2,500 reward provided by the M&T Charitable Foundation.

The work of each contestant will be displayed in a special exhibition gallery at the Walters Art Museum from June 21-Aug. 17.

Jurors Claire Gilman, Sarah Oppenheimer and Olivia Shao will review the installed work and conduct interviews with each finalist. The winner will be announced at a reception at the Walters on July 12, a week before Baltimore's annual free festival, Artscape, which runs from July 18-20.

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