Call for the 15th Annual Bethesda Painting Awards

By Editorial Team on January 21, 2019

Deadline: Fri, 01 March 2019

Carolyn Case of Cockeysville, MD (center) won 2018 Bethesda Painting Award’s Best in Show. Image courtesy Bethesda Urban Partnership.
Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites local artists to submit work to the 15th annual Bethesda Painting Awards. This juried art competition awards $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners.The deadline for submissions is Friday March 1, 2019. Up to eight finalists will be chosen to display their work at Bethesda’s Gallery B in June 2019.

The competition will be juried by Kyle Hackett, Professor of Art, American University and the 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards; Sue Johnson, Professor of Art, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Susan Zurbrigg, Painting and Drawing Area Head, Professor of Art, James Madison University.

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 22, 1989 may also be awarded $1,000.

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.

Best in Show winners include:

  • 2018 Carolyn Case, Cockeysville, MD
  • 2017 Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Washington, DC
  • 2016 Tanja Softic, Richmond, VA
  • 2015 Bill Schmidt, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014 Kyle Hackett, Baltimore, MD
  • 2013 Barry Nemett, Stevenson, MD
  • 2012 Ali Miller, Baltimore, MD
  • 2011 Alison Hall, Roanoke, VA
  • 2010 Nora Sturges, Baltimore, MD
  • 2009 Camilo Sanin, Jessup, MD
  • 2008 B.G. Muhn, North Potomac, MD
  • 2007 Matthew Klos, Baltimore, MD
  • 2006 Tony Shore, Baltimore, MD
  • 2005 Joe Kabriel, Annapolis, MD

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