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2016 Trawick Prize Finalists Announced

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership will showcase the work of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards eight finalists in a group exhibition. The 2016 Trawick Prize Finalists are as follows:

  • Lauren Frances Adams, Baltimore, MD
  • Cindy Cheng, Baltimore, MD
  • Leah Cooper, Baltimore, MD
  • Sarah Irvin, Springfield, VA
  • Dean Kessmann, Washington, DC
  • Ben Marcin, Baltimore, MD
  • Tony Shore, Baltimore, MD
  • William Wylie, Charlottesville, VA

The award winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. The first place winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000.

The public opening reception will be held Friday, September 9 from 6-8pm. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 6pm.

The 2016 Trawick Prize jury includes Stéphane Aquin, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Hasan Elahi, Associate Professor, Department of Art at University of Maryland and Rebecca Schoenthal, Curator of Exhibitions at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

The Trawick Prize was established in 2003 by Carol Trawick, a longtime community activist in downtown Bethesda. She is the past Chair of both the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership, and also the Founder of the Bethesda Painting Awards. In 2007, Ms. Trawick founded the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation to assist health and human services and arts non-profits in Montgomery County.

The Trawick Prize is one of the first regional competitions and largest prizes to annually honor visual artists. To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded $192,000 in prize monies and has exhibited the work of more than 130 regional artists. Previous Best in Show recipients include Richard Clever, 2003; David Page, 2004; Jiha Moon, 2005; James Rieck, 2006; Jo Smail, 2007; Maggie Michael, 2008; Rene Trevino, 2009; Sara Pomerance, 2010; Mia Feuer, 2011; Lillian Bayley Hoover, 2012; Gary Kachadourian, 2013; Neil Feather, 2014 and Jonathan Monaghan, 2015.

The exhibit will be on display August 31 – September 24, 2016, at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E.

Lauren Frances Adams, Baltimore, MD
Lauren Frances Adams mines the histories of power, labor and material culture to make surprising connections that resonate with current sociopolitical issues. Her work has been featured at ConnerSmith in Washington, D.C., The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, Contemporary Applied Arts in London, UK, Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, MO and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA, among others. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and held residencies at the Cite in Paris, France and the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming. She received the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award in 2007, was a finalist for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize in 2014, and was recently named a 2016 Pollock Krasner Foundation grant recipient. Adams received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina and her Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

Cindy Cheng, Baltimore, MD
Cindy Cheng likes to think about themes of passage through landscapes, time and memory while drawing, tinkering and building puzzles. Her work has become increasingly preoccupied with investigations into the boundaries between the two-dimensional plane and sculpture. Cheng has shown work at Flashpoint Gallery and E-merge Art Fair in Washington, D.C., Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries in Baltimore, MD, Present Junction in Toronto, Canada and IAM Gallery in New York, among others. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently living in Baltimore, MD, Cheng teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and at the University of Maryland.

Leah Cooper, Baltimore, MD
Leah Cooper uses contextually dependent installation to explore an expanded notion of drawing that questions where the liminal state exists between what is noticed and what is overlooked. Her focus often narrows to the smallest of cracks on the sidewalk and the faintest of shadows on the wall. Her work has been included in exhibits at The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD, Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA, Montpellier Arts Center in Laurel, MD and The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland. She was a finalist for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize in 2010, was a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant recipient in 2011, and a William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund B Grant recipient in 2013. Cooper received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sarah Irvin, Springfield, VA
Sarah Irvin has been part of numerous exhibitions at venues not limited to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, VA, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York, NY, Atlanta Botanical Garden in Atlanta, GA and the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work is included in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank, Capital One, The University of Richmond, among others. Before pursuing her MFA, Irvin worked for the Capital One Corporate Art Program, organizing rotating exhibits and acquiring works for the corporate offices across the U.S. and in Canada. Most recently, she was the Art Editor for So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art and the Graduate Professional Assistant for the Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University. Irvin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and her Master of Fine Arts from George Mason University.

Dean Kessmann, Washington, DC
Dean Kessmann has shown his work at many different venues including at the Furthermore and ConnerSmith in Washington, D.C., Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, FL, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, Cerasoli Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, among others. His exhibitions have been reviewed in a variety of publications, including Art Papers, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Kessmann’s work is included in institutions’ collections such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection and Museum of Contemporary Photography. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University and was an artist-in- residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY. Kessmann is an Associate Professor of Photography at The George Washington University.

Ben Marcin, Baltimore, MD
Ben Marcin, born in Germany and based in Baltimore, explores the idea of home and the passing of time in his photographs. His work has been included in exhibits at national galleries and venues such as the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD, the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO, The Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA and the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, TX. His series “Last House Standing” and “The Camps,” have received press both nationally and abroad including The Paris Review, La Repubblica, Slate and Wired Magazine. Marcin’s work is included in notable collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Tony Shore, Baltimore, MD
Tony Shore, recognized for his black velvet paintings of blue collar life in Baltimore, has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD, The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and the George Adams Gallery in New York, NY, as well as other galleries throughout the U.S. His awards include The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize, Bethesda Painting Awards Best in Show prize and several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Most recently he received a Baltimore Rubys Artist Project Grant. Shore studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. He is the Chair of the Painting Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

William Wylie, Charlottesville, VA
William Wylie has shown his photographs and films both nationally and internationally. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. He has four books of his work, Riverwalk, Stillwater, Carrara and Route 36. His fifth book, Prairie, will be published in fall 2017. Wylie’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a VMFA Professional Fellowship and the Yale Museum’s Doran/LeWitt Fellowship. He has been an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah. Wylie earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. He is the Associate Chair of Photography and the Director of the Studio Art Study Abroad Program in Italy at the University of Virginia.

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.

(via The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Photo courtesy of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership.)