2016 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists


John AquilinoRockville, MD

John Aquilino has focused on the urban landscape since moving to Maryland from New York City in 2003. He has received several awards and grants including New American Paintings, Southern Competition #88 and Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Individual Artist Grant in 2010, and the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Aqualino won second prize in the 2005 Bethesda Painting Awards. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. area and East Coast.

Katie Baines, North Chesterfield, VA

Katie Baines received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and her Masters of Fine Arts at The Ohio State University. After graduating in 2006, she returned to Richmond, where she has since lived and works as an artist and instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. Baines is represented by Ada Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work is part of the permanent collections at The Ohio State University, Westin Hotel, Fritz-Pak Corporation, Talisman Energy Corporation, Bayer Corporation and many private collections. In 2012 she was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Grant. Her work is featured in issue number 118 of New American Paintings magazine.
Amy Chan, Henrico, VA

Amy Chan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and her Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. Chan's abstract paintings are visions of a natural world that has multiplied into the bizarre. Her multi-layered compositions extract imagery from nature specimens, decorative patterns and astronomy. She has been artist-in-residence at Onoma Fiskars in Finland, the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming, Petrified Forest National Park, The Studios of Key West and Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke, VA. Her work has been shown at Pierogi 2000, Wave Hill and The Washington Project for the Arts. She received a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011 and a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in 2013.

Andy Karnes, Baltimore, MD

Andy Karnes earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from St. Mary’s College and his Master of Fine Arts from Boston University. Karnes’ work has been featured in exhibits throughout Maryland and Massachusetts, as well as Connecticut, Ohio, New York and Ireland. He’s held solo exhibitions at Commonwealth Gallery and Alpha Gallery in Boston, MA. He is the recipient of a 2012 Constantin Alajalov Grant, a 2015 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and a 2016 Maryland State Arts Council Grant. Karnes teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Richard Levine, Falls Church, VA

Richard Levine is a painter and photographer whose professional career has spanned more than 30 years in the graphic arts working for prominent design firms and corporate clients in New York City. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, he later studied oil painting for four years with artists Alan Turner and Andrew Lattimore at the Westchester Art Workshop with additional studies at Cooper Union and The School of Visual Arts, New York City. Extensive travel throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Asia have formed the foundation for his personal work. Richard has exhibited widely, both painting and photography, on the East Coast from Virginia to Maine in both solo and group shows. He has won a NY State Certificate of Merit for his exhibit: India, A Traveler’s Reflections. In 2013, he was featured cover artist for the literary journal “Grey Sparrow”. His documentary work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. Levine currently teaches pastel and watercolor painting at the Falls Church Art Space.

Erin Raedeke, Montgomery Village, MD

Erin Raedeke received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University and her Master of Fine Arts from American University. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia and has participated in numerous group shows, including the BP Portrait Award exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Raedeke has been a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2013 and 2016, and was a finalist in the 2013 Bethesda Painting Awards. She has given artist lectures at universities and colleges in California, Illinois, and Virginia. 

Amy Sherald, Baltimore, MD

Amy Sherald earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clark- Atlanta University where she became an apprentice to Dr. Arturo Lindsay. Sherald received her Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating, she secured a prestigious private study residency with well-known Norwegian painter Odd. In 2008, she attained an artist residency assistantship at the Tong Xion Art Center in Beijing, China. Her work has been exhibited extensively including solo exhibitions at Richard Demato Gallery in New York, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD. Sherald’s work is also featured in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, and the D.C. Commission of Fine Arts. Sherald is also the winner of the 2016 Smithsonian Outwin Boochever Portrait competition. She is currently living and working as an artist in resident at the Creative Alliance.

Tanja Softic, Richmond, VA

Tanja Softic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She works across the media of printmaking, drawing, photography and book arts. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She participated in 12th International Print Triennial in Cracow, Poland and won a First Prize at the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan in 2002. She completed print projects at Flying Horse Press, Tamarind Institute and Anderson Ranch's Patton Print Studio. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia, where she is Professor of Art at the University of Richmond.