June 22-July 31: Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibition

Though the Sondheim finalist exhibition is never “cohesive” per se, we did notice a couple of trends in last year’s picks and this year’s. Last year, there seemed to be a sense of world-building and alternate realities in several artists' work, like Zoë Charlton’s large scale collage that imagined a young African slave boy if he had survived into his adulthood, or Magnolia Laurie’s sumptuous oil paintings and structures that deconstructed landscapes, and 2015’s winners Wickerham & Lomax’s immersive digital dystopia. Of this year’s finalists—Larry Cook, Theo Anthony, Stephanie Barber, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Darcie Book, Eric Kruszewski, Christos J. Palios—many lean towards activism, documentary, and photojournalism, in a surprising diversity of media. (Check out the semifinalists' show at MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries July 15-31, too.) Awards announced July 9 at 7 p.m. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, artbma.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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