Ends on April 15, 2018

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is pleased to present the 5th annual Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize! This prize will award $1,000 to a Baltimore City student artist. The award recipient will also receive a stipend to produce a solo exhibition, with mentorship from BOPA staff, and recognition of the award presented at Baltimore City Schools' annual "For Your Inspiration" reception held at the Baltimore Museum of Art on May 12th.

The Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize is competitive program that seeks to recognize and encourage artistic talent in Baltimore City. Students must be high school students at the time of application submission. The Prize is in conjunction with the annual Artscape festival. The award recipient’s work will be exhibited during the 2018 Artscape weekend (July 20-22, 2018). Applications for the Fred Lazarus IV Prize are due Friday, April 15, 2018.

The 37th annual Artscape, America's largest free arts festival, returns in 2018!

Artscape hours of operation are Friday and Saturday from 11am-9pm and Sunday from 11am-8pm. Artscape After Hours returns on Friday and Saturday nights on Charles Street (from Preston Street to North Avenue) from 9-11pm. Artscape takes place rain or shine.

Fred Lazarus IV was instrumental in launching the city’s annual Artscape festival, now the largest free arts festival in the United States.  Anchored on MICA’s campus for more than 30 years and extending out for multiple city blocks, Artscape annually draws more than 350,000 visitors and has an economic impact on Maryland approaching $26 million. 

Fred is a national leader in the advancement of arts, arts education, and community development. He served as founding chair of both Americans for the Arts and the National Coalition for Education in the Arts, and has also chaired the Maryland Independent College and Universities Association, the Arts Education Committee of the American Council for the Arts, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.  He is the founding and current chair of Central Baltimore Partnership, a founding board member of both the Midtown Development Corporation board and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, served as a founding advisory board member of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Inc., and has served on numerous other boards of directors, including Partners for Livable Communities, Arts Every Day, and Americans for the Arts. He served as president of MICA for 35 years – overseeing its growth and engagement in the community.



Applicants should be current high school students. The student may live in Baltimore City, but attend school outside the city limits; or, live outside city limits but attend a Baltimore City school. Homeschool and other non-traditional students are eligible to apply. Applications to the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize will be accepted in the following disciplines:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber/ Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture



One-page personal statement that discusses yourself, your work and artistic process

One recommendation letter from a teacher or adult representative

A current, official high school transcript

A portfolio of 4–8 images of your artwork

Note: Applications are only submitted electronically. Details about acceptable formats are listed below. 



All images within your portfolio of artwork must be marked with your name, media, dimensions, and month/year completed.

The digital images submitted must fairly and accurately represent the applicant’s work and not have been manipulated or altered. Each student must submit original works that have been created by her or himself that do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any other individual or entity. If a student’s work incorporates material, including but not limited to photographs, not created by the student, the student must include an additional copy of any and all such source material in her or his application.

All pieces in your portfolio of artwork must also be presented as thumbnails on a printed proof sheet labeled with your name, media, dimensions, and month/year completed. This document will be submitted as a pdf with your application.

A teacher or adult representative, familiar with the student must sign for the authenticity and accuracy of reproduction of each portfolio on the Thumbnail Proof Sheet.

All images should be submitted as jpegs saved at 72 dpi resolution and at a size of 600 pixels in the longest direction.

Applications for the Fred Lazarus IV Prize are due April 15, 2018. Note: Please do not email or fax portfolios. We cannot accept portfolios sent via email or fax.


The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) reserves the right to reproduce without notification any photographs of students or artwork submitted during the application process; this reproduction will be for non-commercial purposes only, and may include print publications, BOPA websites, e-communications, multimedia presentations, and documents about BOPA for fundraising, or informational purposes.

Sign up form

Please enter a valid email address.

Your password must be at least 6 characters.