Saturday, September 08, 2012


The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District through the amazing generosity of Mrs. Carol Trawick. The prize honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. 
A couple of nights ago, the annual juried competition awarded $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
Best in Show, $10,000 - Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore, MD
2nd Place, $2,000 - David D'Orio, Mt. Rainier, MD
3rd Place, $1,000 - Dean Kessmann, Washington, D.C.
Young Artist Award, $1,000 - Hannah Walsh, Richmond, VA 
Can I pick them or what? I think this is now 4 out of the last five years that I've predicted the top prizewinner! That's Carol Trawick in the photo with the 2012 Best in Show winner Lillian Bayley Hoover and Catherine Leggett.

Congrats to all the prizewinners!
The 2012 exhibition will run through September 29 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Chicomms Censor Shanghai

This is what happens when old Communists are still in charge:
Censorship of political content has long been a feature of the Chinese art world under Communist Party rule, but gallery owners and artists at SH Contemporary were told on Thursday that city officials were being extra careful ahead of a once-a-decade leadership transition set to take place in Beijing next month.
“It’s especially sensitive this year because the 18th Party Congress will start soon,” said a fair organizer after trying to convince another booth to remove a painting that censors didn’t like because it appeared to include images of Mao Zedong.

The last-minute removal of art works, some of which had passed initial vetting for the fair, underscores the party’s reach and the pressures building in the political system ahead of the secretive conclave that will anoint new leaders.
Pictures of Mao? Oh No! God forbid that an artist actually show the image of one of history's greatest mass murderers... Read the whole article here.