Finalist Nakeya Brown's archival inkjet prints, "Hair Portrait #1, Hair Portrait #2 from the series "The Refutation of Good Hair (2012), is now on display during the exhibition of the Sondheim Artscape Prize 2018 Finalists at BMA.
Finalist Nakeya Brown's archival inkjet prints, "Hair Portrait #1, Hair Portrait #2 from the series "The Refutation of Good Hair (2012), is now on display during the exhibition of the Sondheim Artscape Prize 2018 Finalists at BMA. (Karl Merton Ferron / The Baltimore Sun)

Laurel-based photographer Nakeya Brown won a $2,500 honorarium for the 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

Brown, 30, was one of six finalists for the Artscape Prize from 335 entrants.

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The top prize of $25,000 went to Erick Antonio Benitez, a multidisciplinary artist based in Baltimore on July 14 when the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced the winner at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Benitez won for his immersive installation titled “Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra [This Land Is Your Land],” that focused on the border of the United States and Mexico and its effects on human lives.

Laurel photographer's perceptions of beauty

Nakeya Brown is a finalist for the prestigious Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape prize — a $25,000 fellowship whose winners will be announced on July 14 before the start of Artscape, Baltimore’s annual art fair.

Brown’s pieces often have a common theme of beauty, with hair featured in the photos. Her photographs, both portraits and still life photos, often include household items, such as things found on a dresser, that have a connection to the “world of perfecting beauty or acts of self care.”

“A lot of my work, if not all, centers around beauty politics,” Brown previously said.

Brown could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

The works of art by the winner and finalists will be displayed at the Baltimore Museum of Art through Aug. 5.

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