Call for Artists: 16th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards

By Editorial Team on December 9, 2019

Deadline: Fri, 21 February 2020

Courtesy of Gallery B.
Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites local artists to submit work to the 16th annual Bethesda Painting Awards. This juried art competition awards $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 21, 2020. Up to eight finalists will be chosen to display their work at Bethesda’s Gallery B in June 2020.

The competition will be juried by Paula Crawford, Associate Professor, Director of Painting, George Mason University; Gavin Glakas, Artist, Teacher of Figure Painting and Drawing at Yellow Barn Studio, and B.G. Muhn, Professor of Painting in the Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University, and Bethesda Painting Awards Best in Show 2008.

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 February 21, 1990 may also be awarded $1,000.

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

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimension should not exceed 60 inches in width or 84 inches in height. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Selected artists must deliver their artwork to the exhibit site in Bethesda, MD. Each artist must submit five images, an application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.

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 Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and founder of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.