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'sA 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'sInto 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.