BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) has announced the names of three finalists for its 17th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize. 

Maren Henson, Megan Koeppel, and James Williams II will all be awarded $30,000 fellowships to assist with their careers as visual artists or collaborators.

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Henson’s artwork focuses on how historical conspiracies shaped America. Koeppel is a fiber artist. Williams is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on topics of social and cultural identity.

The money awarded to these artists will help them live and work in the Greater Baltimore region, according to the organization.

BOPA will award two residencies to finalists who were not selected for the Sondheim Art Prize, a six-week-long fully-funded residency at Civitella Ranieri in the Umbria region of Italy and a six-month residency at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore. 

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Henson, Koeppel and Williams will have their work displayed in an exhibit at the Walters Art Museum from July 21 to Sept. 18.

A panel of jurors will interview the finalists, judge their work, and decide the prize winner and recipient of each residency.

The winner of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Art Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Walters.

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Should COVID-19 restrictions prevent in-person exhibitions, then BOPA will use the online platform Kunstmatrix and assistance from the Walters Art Museum staff to display the exhibit, BOPA staff said.

CBS Baltimore Staff