Lazarus IV Artscape Prize ("The Fred") Application
The 37th annual
Artscape – America's largest free arts festival – returns July 20-22, 2018. The Baltimore Office
of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) invites artists and artist collaborative
groups to apply to have an artwork project commissioned and featured at this
For 2018, Artscape is now accepting applications from Baltimore City High School Students for
the 5th annual Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize. This prize will
award $1,000 to the winning Baltimore City High School student artist,
along with a stipend to produce a solo exhibition, with mentorship from BOPA
staff, at Artscape. In addition, the winning student artist will receive recognition
of the award presented at Baltimore City Schools' annual "For Your
Inspiration" reception held at the Baltimore Museum of Art on May 12, 2018.
In recent years, Artscape organizers have applied an
overarching theme, relevant to both the arts and Baltimore City, into the festival’s
creative thinking. For 2018, we’re going back to the basics…ART and celebrating
Baltimore’s pop-cultural institution. For “the year we didn’t have a theme” we
encourage artists and festival-goers to embrace Artscape for what it is – a
fully accessible, 100% FREE, world-class arts festival – right here in the
heart of Baltimore City.
Produced by the Baltimore Office of
Promotion & The Arts – the city’s arts council, events agency and film
office – Artscape is America’s largest free arts festivals, attracting 350,000+
attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion
designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including
exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, photography, Artscape Gallery Network and the
$25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on three
outdoor stages; a robust schedule of performing arts including dance, opera,
theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family
events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s
entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, Baltimore-proud menu of food
and beverage available throughout the festival site. Artscape’s total economic
impact on Baltimore City is $28.5 million.
Artscape takes place rain or shine,
and is open from 11am-9pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, and
11am-8pm on Sunday, July 22. Artscape After Hours (Charles Street only, from
Preston Street to North Avenue) is open from 9-11pm on Friday, July 20 and
Saturday, July 21 nights.
FRED LAZARUS IV ARTSCAPE PRIZE OVERVIEW
The Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize is competitive program
that seeks to recognize and encourage artistic talent in Baltimore City.
Fred Lazarus IV was instrumental in launching the city’s
annual Artscape festival, now America’s largest free arts festival. Anchored on
the campus at Maryland Institute College of Art for more than 30 years and
extending multiple city blocks, Artscape annually draws more than 350,000
visitors over the festival’s three days, and has an economic impact on Maryland
approaching $28.5 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 the Maryland
Institute College of Art for 35 years – overseeing its growth and engagement in
WHO MAY APPLY: Applicants
are required to be current Baltimore City High School Students (at the time of
application submission). Applications to the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize
will be accepted in the following disciplines:
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are only submitted electronically. Details
about acceptable formats are listed below. Please do not email or
fax portfolios. Artscape cannot accept portfolios sent via email or fax.
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
A portfolio of 4–8 images of your
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PORTFOLIO: 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
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.
RIGHT TO REPRODUCE POLICY: 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.
The deadline for submissions is Sunday,
April 15, 2018.
Submitting an application does not
automatically imply acceptance.
Sarah Doccolo, Arts Education Coordinator (via email
The Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize is
a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA).
Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc.
on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The
is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts
council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such
as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore
Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs
and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more
vibrant and creative city.