Thursday, September 03, 2009

Trawick Prize Winners Announced

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards announced the top four prize winners on Wednesday evening during the exhibition’s opening at the Fraser Gallery.

René TreviñoRené Treviño from Baltimore, MD was awarded “Best in Show” with $10,000; Molly Springfield of Washington, D.C. was named second place and was given $2,000; Jessie Lehson of Baltimore, MD was bestowed third place and received $1,000 and the “Young Artist” award of $1,000 was given to Hannah Kim of Falls Church, VA.

Entries were juried by Dr. Doreen Bolger, Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art; Kevin Everson, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and Joanna Marsh, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

A public reception will be held on Friday, September 11, 2009 from 6-9pm in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. The exhibit will be on display through October 3, 2009. The Fraser Gallery is located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E and gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 11:30am-6pm.

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards was established by the amazing Carol Trawick in 2003 to honor the work of local artists and has become the region's top art prize and I am a huge fan of Carol Trawick.

The Trawick Prize is one of the first regional competitions and largest prizes to annually honor visual artists. To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded over $98,000 in prize monies and has received over 2,400 artist submissions. Founder Carol Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda; including working on legislation to designate communities in Maryland as Arts & Entertainment Districts. Additionally, she is past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, current Chair of Strathmore and Founder of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation.

Seth Rosenberg

On Tuesday, September 1, 2009, District Fine Arts lost its founder Seth Rosenberg to an apparent heart attack in Cleveland, OH at the age of 56.

A memorial service will take place this Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 11:30 am at the Mueum of Contemporary Arts in Cleveland, OH. The address is 8501 Carnegie Ave. #2, Cleveland, OH. 216-421-8671.

DFA is currently planning a memorial for the Fall. More details to follow when they decide on a date.

Seth had moved to Cleveland, OH four years ago and earlier this summer, based on a portfolio of his new paintings, he received a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Cleveland Partnership for Arts and Culture.

CuDC looking for intern

Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC), a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for artists and arts organizations that stimulate economic development and improves the quality of life in the DC area, is accepting applications for a Marketing & Communications Intern. CuDC makes space for art. They manage Flashpoint and Source, two facilities that offer artists and arts organizations the tools and services, in conjunction with affordable space they need to thrive. They also facilitate artist housing and other arts development projects. This position reports to the Communications Manager, providing a unique opportunity to support CuDC’s institutional and programmatic marketing and communications efforts.


· Coordinating social media strategies for CuDC and its various programs;

· Creating and distributing weekly e-newsletter and compiling content for bi-monthly enewsletter;

· Updating content for organization websites, as well as content for blogs or social networking sites;

· Assisting with marketing around special events and activities;

· Researching online and print media outlets;

· Monitoring and archiving media coverage;

· Assisting with special events;

· Assisting with other administrative tasks, as appropriate.


· Undergraduate or graduate student preferred;

· Interest in marketing, media and communications;

· Excellent writing & editing skills;

· Savvy using traditional and new media tools;

· Attention to detail;

· Comfort working in a cooperative environment that represents a broad range of artistic, cultural and social points of view; and

· Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and/or Illustrator a plus.

Commitment: Flexible schedule; minimum of 15 hours per week.

Compensation: Stipend

To apply: The deadline for applications is September 25, 2009.

To apply, submit a resume and writing sample with cover letter to Writing sample should be 250 words or less. Mention “Communications Intern” in the subject line.

CHAW Arts Ball

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is holding its eighth annual Arts Ball fundraising gala on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at its historic building on Capitol Hill. The Arts Ball supports CHAW’s tuition assistance, outreach, and education programs. The theme for this year’s event is Indian Nights and CHAW’s building will be transformed into an Indian odyssey, including a Taj Mahal gallery of art-to-be-auctioned, entertainment in the Bollywood Theater, dancing in the Bombay Palace, and shopping in the Delhi Bazaar. The silent auction and raffle features dinners at the Indian Embassy, airplane tickets to Italy, works from local artists and members of the Capitol Hill Art League, unique experiences, and a wide array of prizes from retail items to gift certificates and jewelry.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $75 at the door and can be purchased at, by calling the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop at (202) 547-6839, or email to CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE, the corner of 7th and G Streets SE