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The 2016 Trawick Prize Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards

Work by Dean Kessmann. Courtesy of Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.

Work by Dean Kessmann. Courtesy of Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.

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Currently on view.

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

2016 Trawick Prize Finalists

  • 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
  • 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 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.

Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 6pm.

The exhibition is located at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.