The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards welcomes artists working in all media to submit their applications. All submissions must be in by April 25, 2022. Artists will compete for $14,000 in prize money. The juried competition will award four winners, and eight finalists will have the opportunity to display their work at Bethesda’s Gallery B in September 2022.
Three judges will review and select artists to participate in the semifinals and finals. This year’s jury consists of Alexis Assam, Regenia A. Perry, Assistant Curator of Global Contemporary Art at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VFMA); Thomas James, Visual Arts Curator at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD; and Maria del Carmen Montoya, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Spatial Practices, Director of Graduate Studies, M.F.A. in Fine Arts and Social Practice, Studio Arts Program.
Best in Show will be awarded $10,000; second place will receive $2,000, and third place $1,000 in prize money. A young artist whose birthday is after April 25, 1992, will be honored with $1,000.
Artists can apply online https://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/trawick-application. For information on the Trawick Prize Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.
Eligibility and Requirements
All media artists must be at least 18 years of age and full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. submissions of 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 dimensions should not exceed 96 inches in any direction. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the exhibition’s duration. Each artist must submit five images, an application, and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards was founded by Carol Trawick in 2003. Mrs. Trawick has served in many community positions, including Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and Bethesda Urban Partnership. She founded the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation in 2007. The Foundation has awarded grants to more than 90 nonprofits in Montgomery County and funds the annual Trawick Prize and the Bethesda Painting Awards.
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, and Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards.
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, the Triangle Art Studios. For a closer look, please visit www.bethesda.org.