The Baker Artist Award has been a welcome new friend to Baltimore area artists. It has given away $342,000 over the last four years to 52 area artists. Each year the Baker Artist Award gives $1,000 B-Grant awards to nine local artists from all disciplines. They also give away three $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prizes to jury selected Baltimore artists that have shown exemplary passion and execution and appeal to a wide audience. I had the pleasure of getting together with one of the Prize winners, musician Nathan Bell, to talk about his art.