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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


BALTIMORE, MD (May 19, 2010) -- Governor Martin O'Malley announced that 97 Maryland artists have been selected to receive Individual Artist Awards totaling $247,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. A reception honoring the artists will be held at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on May 20, 6:30 p.m.

"The Individual Artist Awards program is an excellent way for the State of Maryland to recognize the accomplishments of its many talented artists," said Governor O'Malley. "By bestowing these awards, we are recognizing the vital role the arts play in our communities, enhancing the quality of life for all Maryland citizens."

Artists competed for $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 awards in the following categories:  Fiction, Media, Solo Dance Performance, Solo Musical Performance, Solo Theatrical Performance, and Visual Arts: Digital/Electronic Arts, Painting, and Works on Paper. Artistic categories alternate each year. Applications for 2011 will be available at in June.

Congratulations to Joan Belmar, Carol Brown Goldberg, and W.C. Richardson and all the award recipients of the MARYLAND STATE ARTS COUNCIL FY 2010 INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AWARDS.

For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council visit the MSAC web site at or call (410) 767-6555.                                                                                                                                                                          

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