Trawick Prize Announces 2021 Finalists

By Editorial Team on August 2, 2021
Hooded by Ernest Shaw.  Image courtesy Bethesda Urban Partnership.

$14,000 in Prize Monies to be Awarded in September

Eight regional artists have been selected as finalists for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, a juried competition and exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. More than 330 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submitted work to the 19th annual competition.

2021 Trawick Prize Finalists

  • Sobia Ahmad, Silver Spring, MD
  • Stephanie Garmey, Baltimore, MD
  • Cecilia Kim, Richmond, VA
  • Abigail Lucien, Baltimore, MD
  • Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Washington, D.C.
  • John Ruppert, Towson, MD
  • Ernest Shaw, Baltimore, MD
  • Monsieur Zohore, Potomac, MD

The award winners will be announced at a private reception on September 7, 2021. The Best in Show, first place winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000; third place will be awarded $1,000 and a Young Artist, a finalist who is younger than 30, could win $1,000.

The exhibit will be on display Sept. 9 – October 3, 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 and Sunday, 11am – 4pm.

The 2021 jurors are Mark Cooley, Director of New Media Arts & Associate Professor, George Mason University; Oletha DeVane, Director, Tuttle Gallery at McDonogh School; Former Trawick Prize Winner and Betsy Johnson, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Founded by Carol Trawick in 2003, the regional competition is one of the largest prizes to annually honor visual artists. Ms. Trawick, a longtime community activist in downtown Bethesda, also established the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2005. She has served as the Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Strathmore and the Maryland State Arts Council. She founded the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation in 2007 to assist health and human services and arts non-profits in Montgomery County. The Foundation has awarded grants to more than 90 nonprofits in Montgomery County and funds the annual Trawick Prize and the Bethesda Painting Awards.

To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded more than $233,000 in prize monies and has exhibited the work of more than 140 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; Jonathan Monaghan, 2015; Lauren Adams, 2016; Larry Cook, 2017; Caroline Hatfield, 2018; Oletha DeVane, 2019 and Daniel Wickerham & Malcolm Lomax, 2020.

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

[Source: Bethesda Urban Partnership press release]