2021 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists Announced

By Editorial Team on May 3, 2021

Eight painters have been selected as finalists for the Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition and exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Nearly 200 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submitted work to the 17th annual competition created to exclusively honor regional painters.

Work by Edmond Praybe.  Courtesy Bethesda Urban Partnership

The top prize winners will be announced on Wednesday, June, 2nd in a private reception. The Best in Show winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000.

The artists selected as finalists are:

  • Amy Boone-McCreesh, Baltimore, MD
  • Marybeth Chew, Baltimore, MD
  • Khanh Le, Washington, D.C.
  • Megan Lewis, Baltimore, MD
  • Megan Marlatt, Orange, VA
  • Scott Ponemone, Baltimore, MD
  • Edmond Praybe, Arnold, MD
  • Ryan Syrell, Baltimore, MD

The exhibit will be on display June 2 – 26, 2021 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit will be Thursday-Saturday, 12 – 5pm. During operational hours, social distancing will be enforced and face masks must be worn by all visitors.

The competition’s jurors consisted of Emily Conover, Painting and Drawing Teacher, University of Maryland; John Lee, Assistant Professor of Painting, College of William and Mary; and Katherine Mann, Artist, Best in Show Winner of the Bethesda Painting Awards 2017.

The Bethesda Painting Awards was established by local business owner Carol Trawick in 2005. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda and established The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation in 2007. She is the former Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council, Strathmore, Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and founder of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.

Previous Best in Show winners include:

Lawrence Cromwell, Baltimore, MD (2020); Mary Anne Arntzen, Baltimore, MD (2019); Carolyn Case, Cockeysville, MD (2018); Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Washington, D.C. (2017); Tanja Softic, Richmond, VA (2016); Bill Schmidt, Baltimore, MD (2015); Kyle Hackett, Baltimore, MD (2014); Barry Nemett, Stevenson, MD (2013);  Ali Miller, Baltimore, MD (2012); Alison Hall, Roanoke, VA (2011); Nora Sturges, Baltimore, MD (2010); Camilo Sanin, Jessup, MD (2009) B.G. Muhn, North Potomac, MD (2008) Matthew Klos, Baltimore, MD (2007) Tony Shore, Baltimore, MD (2006); Joe Kabriel, Annapolis, MD (2005).

From award-winning theatre to independent films, downtown Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and art venues. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., and is the producer of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda Painting Awards, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards, Bethesda Film Fest and Play In A Day.

Established by Montgomery County in 1994, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) is a downtown management organization that markets and maintains downtown Bethesda. The BUP team works in marketing, maintenance, transportation and administration to produce cultural events and community festivals and attend to landscaping and maintenance needs. BUP also manages Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS), the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, and the Bethesda Circulator as well as the non-profit art spaces, Gallery B, Studio B and the Triangle Art Studios.

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