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Posted 1/21/2009

THE BAKER ARTIST AWARDS Launched online last fall and virally talked about ever since, the Baker Artist Awards (bakerartistawards.org) enters the final stretch end of its inaugural installment. A joint venture between the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the Baker Artists Awards plans to award local artists--for this purpose, defined as anybody/collective at least 21 years old who has lived in the Baltimore region (meaning Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties) since Sept. 10, 2007--one of two possible awards. The Baltimore's Choice prize is a $5,000 award given to an artist selected by popular vote via the award's web site. And up to three $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker prizes may be awarded to artists by an as yet unnamed jury. Artists can nominate themselves, and according to a Jan. 19 press release, more than 500 local artists have posted their portfolios to the Baker web site and more than 7,000 people have registered to vote. The last day to vote--or nominate yourself--is Feb. 1, with the awards announcement themselves slated for March.

OPENINGS Photographer Neil Meyerhoffs' new photographs, Children of the World and painter Hidenori Ishi's A Little Earthshine opens Jan. 21 at C. Grimaldis Gallery with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. So Many Organs--a mixed-media group show featuring Liz Donadio, City Paper contributor Dina Kelberman, and Ryan Syrell--opens Jan. 23 at the Current Gallery with a reception Jan. 30 from 7-10 p.m. And the Walters Art Museum unveils "Behind-the-Scenes"--a cutout window allowing museumgoers to see the work of the museum's Conversation Lab--Jan. 23 at 11 a.m.

LAST CHANCE Kate MacKinnon's Into the Woods, closes Jan. 23 at Case[werks]. Storytellers--the group show featuring Nicole Barrick, Rachel Bone, Jeffrey Kent, Ridley Howard, Josh Weiss, and Saya Woolfalk--ends Jan. 23 at Paperwork Gallery. And Create the Dream--the group show featuring works by MICA students, alumni, faculty, and staff--ends Jan. 23 in MICA's Rosenberg Gallery.

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