2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists


Si Jae Byun, Vienna, VA
Si Jae Byun was born and raised in South Korea. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. Byun’s work has been extensively shown throughout the United States and Korea in solo and group exhibitions, including solo shows at Tally Beck Contemporary in New York, NY; Korean Cultural Center – Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea. She’s received many awards for her art, most recently The Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize in 2013.

Ryan Carr Johnson, Gaithersburg, MD
Ryan Carr Johnson earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006. He recently received a Master of Fine Arts from American University. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, both locally and internationally. Most recently, Johnson's work has been featured in Under the Influence at Salve Regina Gallery, Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Kill or Be Killed series at Katzen Arts Museum, American University in Washington, D.C.
Kyle Hackett, Baltimore, MD
Kyle Hackett earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar from the University of Delaware, and his Master of Fine Arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. Hackett has completed multiple residencies at Vermont Studio Center, where he was a recipient of the Civil Society Institute Fellowship. His work has been exhibited in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. Hackett has received numerous honors and awards, including the Unsung Artist Award from Downtown Cultural Arts Center in Baltimore, MD in 2014. 

Philip Hinge, Richmond, VA
Philip Hinge earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his Master of Fine Art in painting from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Hinge has participated in group shows in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Jersey City and Richmond, and has had solo shows in Jersey City, Baltimore, Puerto Rico and Miami. Hinge has been featured in three issues of the New American Paintings publication. He is currently represented by Connersmith Gallery in Washington, D.C.


Ali Miller, Baltimore, MD
Ali Miller is a narrative painter whose recent work explores such themes as the fear of the unknown and the phenomenon of perfection. Ali was raised in New York and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University. After graduation, Ali attended the Chautauqua Art Institute for two summers. She continued to build on her technique by enrolling in classical painting courses at the New York Academy of Art.  In 2010, Ali was accepted to the Maryland Institute College of Art as the recipient of the Hoffberger Fellowship Award, where she received her Master of Fine Arts. Ali has exhibited in New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Toronto, and Florence, Italy. She recently received the Best in Show Prize at the Bethesda Painting Awards and is now represented by Connersmith Gallery in Washington DC. Ali’s work can also be found in the private collections of the Bendit and Palash families in New York City and the Rubenstein Collection in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dan Perkins, Washington, D.C.
Dan Perkins is a recent graduate from the Master of Fine Arts program at American University. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Art, earning cum laude honors, from Furman University in 2010. He is a founding member of Delicious Spectacle, an emerging visual arts space in Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C. His paintings are held in the collection of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities of the District of Columbia, the Katzen Museum at American University, as well as other private collections. Perkins has had exhibitions in Berlin, Germany, Italy, Baltimore, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. He has attended several artist residency programs throughout the United States, including the Vermont Studio Center, the Chautauqua Institution in western New York and the Hambidge Center in northern Georgia

Bill Schmidt, Baltimore, MD
Bill Schmidt has exhibited his artwork extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has received numerous grants and awards including two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. In 2004 he attended the Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency Program in Rochefort-en-Terre, France. Schmidt studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME before moving to Baltimore in 1969. He received a Master of Fine Art from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in 1971. In 2007, he was named the Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art after being its Resident Artist since 1996. Schmidt has been a finalist in the Bethesda Painting Awards twice before, in 2008 and 2013.

Kendra WadsworthManakin Sabot, VA
Kendra Dawn Wadsworth graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Wadsworth’s paintings have been featured in solo and group shows throughout the country. She has received numerous awards acknowledging her artistic achievements, including a 2010 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. Wadsworth is on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Visual Art Center of Richmond. She has worked as a Union Scenic Artist local 829 for a number of theatrical and major motion, most notably designing and executing all of the installation art work for the Academy Award winning film, “A Beautiful Mind.”