Bethesda Painting Awards Jury

Selection Panel

The 2017 competition will be juried by Don Kimes, Trace Miller and Dr. Cole Welter.

Don Kimes has been a Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC since 1988, serving as head of the studio art program, as well as department chair. Concurrently since 1986, he has also been Artistic Director in the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution in New York State. Previously he taught painting and drawing for ten years at the Studio School in New York City, where he also served as Program Director for six years.  He has been a guest artist at schools including Harvard, Dartmouth, Bard, Carnegie Mellon, UC Davis, Parsons, Syracuse, Cleveland Institute of Art, Georgia Regents University, Cooper Union, and schools, art academies and programs in New York, Rome, Umbria, Florence, Mexico, Germany, Latvia and many others. He has also curated dozens of major exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally over the past 30+ years and he is now entering his fourth decade as an artist who also teaches. Kimes' work has been included in more than 150 exhibitions internationally, and he in the recipient of numerous honors. Most recently, he was a 2016 Scholar in Residence in the Art and Philosophy seminar at the American Academy in Rome. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Westminster College and his Master of Fine Arts from City University of New York, Brooklyn College.

Trace Miller received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University and his Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art. He has worked at Towson University since 1996 and is currently a lecturer and faculty assistant to the department chair.  His work has been exhibited extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as New York and Chicago. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine and The Baltimore Review. In 2013 Miller received two Individual Artist Grants from the Mayor’s Committee on Art and Culture in Baltimore. He has appeared as guest speaker and visiting artist at numerous venues such as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Albright College, Shepardstown College and the Baltimore School for the Arts. Miller is represented by the Thomas Segal Gallery in Baltimore.

Dr. Cole Welter joined James Madison University as Director of the School of Art and Art History after having previously served as Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has also taught at Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Austin, and owned a Madison Avenue design firm in New York City after having worked as a senior designer and art director for Macmillan and Random House publishing companies. Dr. Welter has received grants and fellowships for his creative and scholarly work from numerous artistic and philanthropic organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Alaska Arts Commission, and the Arts Council of the Valley. Dr. Welter has received numerous awards, and is listed in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in the West and South, and Who's Who Among American Teachers. Dr. Welter received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D from Texas Tech University.