Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Finalists for the Bethesda Painting Awards

Eight painters have been selected as finalists for the Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition and exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Over 200 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submitted work to the annual competition created to exclusively honor regional painters.

The top prize winners will be announced on Wednesday, June, 8nd in a private reception. The Best in Show winner will be awarded $10,000; second place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will be awarded $1,000.

The artists selected as finalists are:

  • Emma Childs, Baltimore, MD
  • Jim Condron, Lutherville-Timonium, MD
  • Andrew Hladky, Kensington, MD
  • Jeremy Jirsa, Dundalk, MD
  • Magnolia Laurie, Baltimore, MD
  • McKinley Wallace III, Baltimore, MD
  • James Williams II, Baltimore, MD
  • Ju Yun, Chantilly, VA

The exhibit will be on display June 9 – July 3, 2022 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E in the former Fraser Gallery space. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit will be Thursday-Sunday, 12 – 5pm.

The competition’s jurors consisted of Maggie Michael, Painter and The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Best in Show winner 2008; Tony Shore, Bethesda Painting Award Best in Show winner 2006 and Maryland Institute College of Art, Painting Chair; and Robert Yi, George Mason University, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of Drawing and Painting.

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 Maryland State Arts Council, Strathmore, Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and founder of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.