Friday, June 09, 2006

Bethesda Painting Prize Winners

$10,000 awarded to the Bethesda Painting Award winner! (See bottom of posting for award winners if you have no patience).

Nine painters had been selected as finalists for the Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition and exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. More than 200 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submitted work to the second annual competition created to exclusively honor painters. The work of the nine finalists is now display at the Fraser Gallery through July 12, 2006.

The top prize winners were announced and honored on Wednesday, at a private press event held at the Fraser Gallery. The Best in Show winner was awarded $10,000, second place was honored with $2,000 and third place was awarded $1,000.

The nine artists selected as finalists are:

Paul Ellis, Washington, D.C.
Michael Farrell, Bethesda, MD
Haley Hasler, Charlottesville, VA
Scott Hutchison, Arlington, VA
Megan Marlatt, Orange, VA
Phyllis Plattner, Bethesda, MD
James Rieck, Baltimore, MD
Tony Shore, Joppa, MD
Andrew Wodzianski, Washington, D.C.

Entries were juried by:

- Janis Goodman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the Corcoran College of Art & Design and the visual arts reviewer for WETA's Around Town.

- Ron Johnson, Assistant Professor of Painting at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

- Barry Nemett, Chair of the Painting Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Catriona Fraser, director of the Fraser Gallery, is the non-voting Chair of the Bethesda Painting Awards.

The Bethesda Painting Awards were established by Carol Trawick in 2005 and she continues to be a beacon of light and a great example as a small business woman who puts her money where her mouth is.

Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is 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. Ms. Trawick is the owner of an Information Technology company in Bethesda, Trawick & Associates.

A public opening will be held tonight, Friday, June 9, 2006 from 6 – 9pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk.

As tonight is the second Friday of the month, it is thus the Bethesda Art Walk with 13 participating venues and with free guided tours.


Tony Shore (who teaches at MICA) of Baltimore, MD was awarded the Best in Show prize of $10,000.

James Rieck of Baltimore, MD (who I think teaches at the Corcoran) was named Second Place and received $2,000.

Scott Hutchison of Arlington, VA (who teaches at George Washington University) was honored with Third Place and was given $1,000.

See ya there!

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