Sculptor wins new $25,000 Sondheim art prize

July 15, 2006|By GLENN MCNATT | GLENN MCNATT,SUN ART CRITIC

A Baltimore sculptor and performance artist who created an 8-foot-tall Japanese mask with glowing blue eyes and papier-mache skin yesterday was named the first winner of the $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize.

Laure Drogoul, 47, won the new award, named after the long-time Baltimore civic leader and his wife. It's aimed at highlighting Baltimore's support for regional artists during the 25th-anniversary celebration of Artscape, the city's annual outdoor festival of the arts.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Exhibition runs through July 30 in the Maryland Institute College of Art's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, in the Fox Building at 1303 Mount Royal Ave. Call 877-225-8466.

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