2022 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists Announced

By Editorial Team on May 17, 2022
McKinley Wallace III Passing. Image Courtesy of Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.

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

The top prize winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 8 at 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:

  • Emma Childs, Baltimore, MD
  • Jim Condron, Lutherville-Timonium, MD
  • Andrew Hladky, Kensington, MD
  • Jeremy Jirsa, Dundalk, MD
  • Magnolia Laurie, Baltimore, MD
  • McKinley Wallace III, Baltimore, MD
  • James Williams II, Baltimore, MD
  • Ju Yun, Chantilly, VA

The exhibit will be on display June 9 – July 3, 2022 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit will be Thursday-Sunday, 12 – 5pm.

The competition’s jurors consisted of Maggie Michael, Painter and The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Best in Show winner 2008; Tony Shore, Bethesda Painting Award Best in Show winner 2006 and Maryland Institute College of Art, Painting Chair; and Robert Yi, George Mason University, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of Drawing and Painting.

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.

Emma Childs, Baltimore, MD
American painter Emma Childs was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she lives and works today. Childs graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in General Fine Arts. She has participated in an artist residency at Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach, Florida, and is currently a resident at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. Childs has been featured in British Vogue, UK House and Garden, Create! Magazine, Artmaze Magazine and New American Paintings Issue 154. Childs’s work is held in collections across the United States as well as around the world, including the UK, France, Canada, and the Netherlands. She is represented by Rhodes Contemporary in London, UK, and Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, NC.

Jim Condron, Lutherville-Timonium, MD
Originally from Long Island, NY, Jim Condron lives and works in Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY. Condron earned his MFA at the Leroy E. Hofffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Art and English from Colby College, Waterville, ME. He also studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. His work appears nationally and internationally in galleries and museums as well as in corporate, university, public and private collections including: The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros, Greece; The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland; Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan; and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Condron is a recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant and a Maryland State Arts Council grant. He has been awarded artist residencies at Art Cake Studio Program, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Heliker Lahotan Foundation and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Andrew Hladky, Kensington, MD
Hladky is a British/American artist living in the DC area. Since moving to the US in 2015 he has held solo exhibitions around the country, at Rockville, MD; Tulsa, OK; Arlington, VA; and Raleigh, NC. He has been awarded many fellowships and residencies, including at Yaddo, the Charm City Fellowship at Millay Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, and the 2021 Cultural Exchange Residency between VCCA and The City of Salzburg. His collaborative artists’ book, On Innards, was published in 2015 by bookRoom Press and is in the SAIC Artists’ Books Collection, Metropolitan Museum New York, and the MoMA Library and Archives, among other collections.

Jeremy Jirsa, Dundalk, MD
Jeremy Jirsa was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1992. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in General Fine Arts and a minor in Art History in 2014 and Master of Arts in Teaching from MICA in 2015. In 2017 he received his Master of Fine Arts at The University of Pennsylvania. His work has been exhibited across the East Coast as well as in several group shows in Florence, Italy. He currently lives and works in Baltimore.

Magnolia Laurie, Baltimore, MD
Born in Hyannis, MA and raised Puerto Rico, Magnolia Laurie currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Laurie received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, her P.B.A. from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA and her M.F.A. from Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. She is an associate professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Laurie’s work has been exhibited at the Phillips Museum of Art, PA, the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC, the Kemper Art Museum, MO, MONO Practice, MD, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD. Her works has been supported with grants from the Creative Baltimore Fund, the Maryland State Arts Council Grants, the Belle Foundation, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. She has been awarded residencies across the United States including at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA, the Vermont Studio Center, VT and the Jentel Foundation, WY.

McKinley Wallace III, Baltimore, MD
McKinley Wallace III, a mixed-media painter and art educator, received his Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His studio work has been shown in solo exhibitions at MICA, Waller Gallery, and Creative Alliance as well as group shows at Band of Vices, Carroll Mansion, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Art Center, Main Line Art Center, Towson University, and Terrault Gallery. In recognition of his craft, he has received many awards, including a Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award, Bethesda Painting (Young Artist) Award, and the Baker Artist Award.

James Williams II, Baltimore, MD
James Williams II is a curator and interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, sculpture, and photography. His works center on topics of social and cultural identity in the United States tied together by self-portraiture and narration. His most recent project was curating the show, Future Planets at Longwood Center for the Visual Arts. An exhibition featuring the creativity of young artists ranging from ages 3 to 15 years old alongside their creative and established parents. Williams is the recipient of the MFA Joan Mitchell Foundation award, the Bromo Seltzer Fellowship, and served as artist-in-residence at School 33 in Baltimore, Maryland. Williams, originally from Upstate New York, received his master’s degree from the Mount Royal School of Art program at Maryland Institute College Art (MICA). He currently teaches at MICA.

Ju Yun, Chantilly, VA
Born and raised in South Korea before immigrating to the United States, Ju Yun is constantly reminded of how it feels to be between two polarizing worlds. Transitioning between traditional Korean art and wholly contemporary subjects and methods embraced within that in-between space, she often finds a sense of spirituality and a great source of creativity. She is also interested in creating with different mediums on canvas layered surfaces which echo the effects created by marbling and adding different elements of materials like polymer clay and found objects. Ju Yun received her BFA in Painting from the Corcoran College of Art and design in 1988. She has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, including at Solo 2015 Art Expo in New York, 2022 “In- Between Places” at the Vulcan Gallery and SOLOS, Arlington Art Center, Arlington (VA).

Previous Best in Show winners include:
Megan Lewis, Baltimore, MD (2021); 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.