Six finalists announced for 2013 Sondheim Prize

Six finalists were announced Wednesday for the 2013 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize — and the prestigious award is edging more toward alternate media than it ever has before.

The candidates in the running to win the eighth annual award include two documentary photographers, a video artist, a photographer inspired by anonymous tweets, and two sculptors who specialize in large-scale installation art. There's nary a traditional painter in the bunch.

The finalists are: Gabriel Bulisova, a documentary photographer and multimedia artist based in Washington; photographer and video artist Larry Cook of Landover; sculptural installation artist Caitlin Cunningham of Baltimore; Nate Larson, a faculty member of the Maryland Institute, College of Art who photographs the locations of tweets sent by mobile phone; documentary photographer Louie Palu of Baltimore and sculptural installation artist Dan Steinhilber of Washington.

The prize carries a $25,000 award and will be announced at a ceremony at the Walters Art Museum on July 13 during Artscape. An exhibition of the work of all six finalists will be on display at the Walters from June 29 through Aug. 11.

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