CONGRATULATIONS Kensington-based artist Ryan Hackett was awarded the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize this past Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Visibly stunned by the announcement, an extremely gracious Hackett accepted the award with a fountain of sincerity. The Prize comes with a $25,000 award, and this year's installment grants $1,000 to the runners-up: Leah Cooper, Matthew Janson, Nate Larson, Christopher LaVoie, Matthew Porterfield, and Karen Yasinsky.
BUSY, BUSY, BUSY If you gallery-goers thought last weekend was busy--with the Sondheim announcement followed by openings at Nudashank (co-operated by City Paper contributor Alex Ebstein), Gallery Four, Current Gallery, and the Metro Gallery--this week is overstuffed with new exhibitions thanks to the Artscape satellite shows. On Wednesday, July 14, the Annex opens Authorship and Appropriation: the Artist and the Found with a reception at 7 p.m. Two shows open Thursday, July 15: Where it Belongs at the Theatre Project with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Drawing Out at the Hexagon with a reception from 6-9 p.m. And then a bunch of shows/interactive events start up Friday, July 16: The Sondheim Prize semifinalists exhibition opens at MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, while Wham City: Crossovers, the collective's first official group exhibition, opens at the Pinkard Gallery. The Here, There, Anywhere outdoor sculpture exhibition takes over the Mount Royal Avenue median between Dolphin and Lanvale streets. And the Charles Street Bridge Midway starts up, curated this year by artists Peter Goode, Peter Quinn, and Stewart Watson.
OPENINGS The Cara Ober-curated Departures and Arrivals: Investigating the Vocabulary of the Contemporary Landscape opens July 17 at Towson University's Center for the Arts with a reception from 1:30-4 p.m., while Unlikely Places opens in Towson's Holtzman MFA Gallery at the same time. The Laura Amussen-curated Bits and Pieces opens July 17 at Goucher College's Silber Gallery with a reception from noon-2:30 p.m. Made for Giants Studio and Gallery (941 Calvert St.) celebrates its grand opening with works by Samuel Tefcon and photography from Nicole Fallek from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. July 15 and noon-8 p.m. July 16-18. Photographer Cameron Wolf's Transcendents opens July 17 at S.C. Lord Design (3000 Chestnut Ave.) with a reception from 7-9 p.m.
CLOSINGSwitch Hitters, the pair of shows featuring School 33 and Creative Alliance at the Patterson resident artists, ends July 17 at both venues. Genna Gurvich's photographs come down July 20 at Joe Squared. Sign Language ends July 17 at the Whole Gallery. And the Maryland Art Place-based works from Bearing Witness' Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry end July 17.