BAKER ARTIST AWARDS ANNOUNCED Has this sophomore installment of the Baker Artist Awards felt a little less omnipresent and cheerleader enthusiastic than last year's debut? By no official count at all, the inbox certainly felt less pelted with Baker Awards-pimping e-mails this year, either from participating artists seeking votes or press releases announcing deadline dates, multimedia announcements, etc. Nevertheless, Maryland Public Television announces the winners of the Mary Sawyers Baker prize (a $25,0000 ward) and the Baltimore's Choice prize (a $1,000 award) March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Honestly, the closed-door nature of the awards' process still feels dodgy. The awards state this policy on its site: "Jury selection process and deliberations for the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize will remain private." Not saying that whoever you are behind the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund can't give away $25,000 to artists. That's totally your prerogative. It would certainly be less insulting, however, if you let those artists know who and how they're being judged. They've been through art-school crits. They've been rejected for shows and grants. They're grown ups who are used to being told, "No." Just let them know who's doing the telling.
LET'S TRY THIS AGAIN The Evergreen Museum and Library-sponsored ARTBus Tour of Baltimore--originally scheduled for Feb. 14 and cancelled due to the unseemly snow--has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 13. Local artist/curator Jason Hughes (an erstwhile City Paper contributor) is still the tour's guide, and the stops still include the Load of Fun, Area 405, the H&H building (home to Gallery 4, the Whole Gallery, and Nudashank [co-operated by City Paper contributor Alex Ebstein]), before ending at Jordan Faye Contemporary in Federal Hill. The tour runs $65 for Evergreen Museum and Library members, $80 otherwise. Visit museums.jhu.edu or call 410-516-0341 for more details.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS The Maryland Art Place holds an internet copyright workshop with Maryland Lawyers for the Arts and Stacia Yeapins March 6 from 2-5 p.m.
CLOSINGSFlourescent Brown: A Salon closes March 5 at Open Space. The Michael Farley-curated Parts and Labor closes March 6 at the Annex Theatre. New works from Julie Benoit and Leah Cooper close March 7 in the Theatre Project's John Fonda Gallery.