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2014 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize Winners

Chris Bathgate

Chris Bathgate, a self-taught machinist sculptor who builds finely tuned metal sculptures with an array of computer controlled (CNC) equipment of his own design. Bathgate’s work shows that it is not creativity alone that drives human imagination, but also the need to solve and overcome problems that lead to inspiration. He achieves this by combining the math and logistics used in performing the complex tasks of modern machine work with a more emotive and aesthetic problem-solving ethic. Bathgate has been featured in various magazines and was twice awarded grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation. He has also been recognized locally having received a Creative Baltimore grant in 2008 and a Baker b-grant in 2012. His works have been exhibited in a variety of museum and galleries and are held in numerous private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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Todd Marcus

Todd Marcus, a bass clarinetist and composer, who is one of the few jazz artists worldwide to focus exclusively on use of the bass clarinet as a primary soloing instrument. He actively leads small ensembles such as the Todd Marcus Quartet, Trio and Duo as well and his nonet, The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra. Self-taught in jazz theory and composition, Marcus’ compositions draw largely on straight-ahead jazz and classical influences but over recent years have also increasingly explored the Middle-Eastern sounds from his Egyptian-American heritage. His work includes international performances, clinics and radio play. Marcus was also a featured guest at the First World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, Holland where his work was recognized for both his compositions and unique solo voice.

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Brent Crothers

Brent Crothers, a sculptor who uses recycled materials to craft original pieces of art. His work, influenced by a sustainable world, has been shown in 10 states, in the District of Columbia, and in China. His work can also be found in numerous private and public collections including the collection of Anthropologie based in Philadelphia; The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE; The Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. and The Hechinger Collection in Largo, MD. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1988 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from MICA in 1989. Crothers taught sculpture courses at MICA before he decided to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree from MICA’s Rinehart School of Sculpture. Crothers has been recognized with several awards and honors over the course of his career including being named a b-grant winner in 2012.

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2014 b-grant Winners


In 1964, Mary Sawyers Baker established the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund in honor of her husband. In 2008, the Governors of the Fund established Mary Sawyers Baker Prize to honor her civic involvement & devotion to the arts.
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