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Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists announced

Baltimore artist Stephanie Barber is one of seven finalists for the 2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize.
Baltimore artist Stephanie Barber is one of seven finalists for the 2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize. (Handout)

Seven area visual artists have been named as finalists for Baltimore's $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

The artists up for the prize are:

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Theo Anthony of Baltimore, a filmmaker whose documentary work has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Anthology Film Archives. He was an artist-in-residence at Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School and was named one of Filmmaker magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2015.

Stephanie Barber of Baltimore, an artist and writer whose videos "are concerned with the content, musicality and experiential qualities of language and her language is concerned with the emotional impact of moments and ideas." Her work has been shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, the Paris Cinematheque, London's Tate Modern, Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Barber is the author of three books, "Night Moves," "Those Here Separated" and "All the People." She is a resident artist at the Mount Royal School of Art.

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Darcie Book of Baltimore, a painter and installation artist whose work has been exhibited as part of Manifest Gallery's "FRESH PAINT Biennial" in Cincinnati and the Maryland Artist Registry Juried Exhibition at Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. Her work has also been shown at Baltimore's Current Gallery, Metro Gallery, School 33 Art Center and The Contemporary museum. Book is a founding member of A.M. Art Collective and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004.

Larry Cook of Landover Hills in Prince George's County, a 2013 Sondheim Artscape Prize finalist. His photographs, sculptures and videos have been featured at the Hamiltonian Gallery, (e)merge art fair, and Pleasant Plains Workshop in Washington, and Stamp Gallery in College Park. He is a visual art teacher at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville.

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, out of Baltimore, a collaboration between artists and activists focused on upsetting the culture of rape and promoting a culture of consent. Founded in 2010, FORCE is led by Baltimoreans Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle and is famed for its large-scale public arts projects and campaigns. It promotes the notion that "a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and to envision a world where sex is empowering and pleasurable rather than coercive and violent."

Eric Kruszewski of Washington, an editorial photographer and videographer focusing on "people who have undergone transitions in life, individuals and groups who are marginalized by society and unique subcultures that might not receive mainstream attention." His work has been featured in exhibitions at New York's Carnegie Hall, the Museum of New York, and Los Angeles' Smashbox Studios, as well as the Royal Geographic Society in London.

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Christos J. Palios of Baltimore, a photographer whose work "probes ideas and aspects of identity, memory and isolation within urban, industrial, and natural spaces." His photographs have been shown at the Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Kadoya Gallery (Pueblo, Colo.), PhotoPlace Gallery (Middlebury, Vt.), National Museum of Nuclear Science & History (Albuquerque, N.M.) and the Athenaeum (Alexandria, Va.). He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Work by the seven Sondheim finalists will be on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art from June 22 to July 31. The winner, to be chosen by a three-member jury will be announced July 9.

The Sondheim Artscape Prize is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the BMA and MICA.

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