Artists Invited to Apply to 12th Annual Trawick Prize

By Editorial Team on March 5, 2014

Deadline: Sat, 02 July 2022

Stump, Travis Childers, pencils, glue. Photo courtesy of The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.
Stump, Travis Childers, pencils, glue. Photo courtesy of The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 7, 2014.
Apply online at


The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites local artists to submit work to the 12th annual Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards. This juried art competition awards $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 7, 2014. Up to 10 finalists will be chosen to display their work at Bethesda ’s Gallery B in September.

The competition will be juried by Tom Ashcraft, visual artist, founding member of Workingman Collective and Associate Professor and the head of Sculpture in the School of Art at George Mason University; Laure Drogoul, interdisciplinary artist, Director of The 14Karat Cabaret and Co-organizer and Curator of the Transmodern Festival, and Jeremy Drummond, media artist and Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Richmond.

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. A “young” artist whose birth date is after April 7, 1984 may also be awarded $1,000.

Artists can apply online or download an application at For information on the Trawick Prize, visit or call 301-215-6660.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia, or Washington , DC. All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted. The maximum dimension should not exceed 96 inches in any direction. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years. Selected artists must deliver their artwork to the exhibit site in Bethesda , MD. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards. Each artist must submit five images, an application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.

The Trawick Prize was established by Carol Trawick, a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda . She is the past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership. The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 and has endowed the Trawick Prize for the future.

Catriona Fraser, award-winning photographer, curator and juror is the non-voting Chair of The Trawick Prize. Ms. Fraser directed the Fraser Gallery in downtown Bethesda from 2002 through 2011.  Ms. Fraser is also the Chair of The Bethesda Painting Awards and Director of the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.

Over the past 11 years, the Trawick Prize has awarded more than $150,000 to visual artists. The competition has been noted for its significant contribution to the region’s contemporary art scene and for recognizing the talent of emerging artists.

Best in Show winners include:

  • 2003 Richard Cleaver, Baltimore, MD
  • 2004 David Page, Baltimore, MD
  • 2005 Jiha Moon, formerly of Annandale, VA
  • 2006 James Rieck, Baltimore, MD
  • 2007 Jo Smail, Baltimore, MD
  • 2008 Maggie Michael, Washington , DC
  • 2009 Rene Trevino, Baltimore, MD
  • 2010 Sara Pomerance, Washington, DC
  • 2011 Mia Feur, Washington , DC
  • 2012 Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore , MD
  • 2013 Gary Kachadourian, Baltimore , MD