2015 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists


Thomas Dalhberg, Baltimore, MD
Thomas Dahlberg studied visual art and Portuguese as an undergraduate at Brown University. Upon graduation, Dahlberg received the Belsky-Moranis Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Piraí, Brazil. His work has been exhibited in Boston-based galleries including The Hallway and Voltage Café, as well as in the Betty Foy Sanders Center for Art and Theatre at Georgia Southern University. He recently received a full fellowship for an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Currently, Dahlberg is a Master of Fine Art candidate in the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Cavan Fleming, Blacksburg, VA
Cavan Fleming creates landscapes in oil that depict the built and natural worlds in conflict. According to the artist, "my work process is exploratory in nature, with no clear concept of how the image will turn out. As a result, reconsidering and removing marks toward the image as the direct application of lines, layers, and shapes." He received first place at Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2014. His work has been exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York and Art-o-Matic in Washington, D.C. Fleming's work became known to Civilian Art Projects through McLean Projects for the Arts 2011 Strictly Painting exhibition. He received a Bachelor of Art from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Chemistry from University of North Carolina. 
Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore, MD
Lillian Bayley Hoover earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hoover’s work has been featured in the Baltimore area and beyond, and recently appeared for the second time in New American Paintings, including on the cover of the 69th issue. She is the recipient of a grant from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, which enabled her to conduct research and make photographs in Istanbul, Turkey. Hoover has received many awards, including “Young Artist” for the Bethesda Painting Awards and two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and she has been a semifinalist for both Baltimore’s Sondheim Prize four times and won Best in Show in The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2012.

Hedieh Ilchi, Rockville, MD
Hedieh Ilchi was born in Tehran, Iran and draws her artistic intentions directly from her dual cultural identity as an Iranian/American. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the American University. Ilchi has received many awards including Robyn Rafferty Mathias International Research Mellon Grant from the American University and the Sons of the Revolution in the District of Columbia American Art Essay Prize, and  was recently selected as the semifinalist for the eighth annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA.  Ilchi has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Washington D.C.; Baltimore MD; New York City; Los Angeles, CA; Birmingham, AL; and Winston-Salem, NC. She received Third Place in the 2013 Bethesda Painting Awards competition.


Boram Lee, Baltimore, MD
Boram Lee was born in South Korea in 1984. She earned her Associates Degree in Scenography from Kaywon School of Art and Design in South Korea before moving to China for two years. After moving to the United States, she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing at the SUNY New Paltz in 2012. After living in several countries, she began to use objects as metaphors for home. This led her to a broader investigation of symbolism and how things connect. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the East Coast. In 2014 she was a finalist for the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship at MICA.

Danielle Mysliwiec, Takoma Park, MD
Danielle Mysliwiec was born in Worcester, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Art from Wesleyan University and a Master of Fine Art from Hunter College. Mysliwiec has exhibited her work in numerous galleries including Novella Gallery, Camel Art Space and Air Circulation Gallery in New York City; ), Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA;  Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco, CA; and Heiner Contemporary and Project 4 Gallery in Washington, D.C. among others. Her work has been reviewed in publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Title Magazine, The Washington Post, New American Paintings Blog, Art Fag Ctiy and The San Francisco Examiner. Mysliwiec was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in January 2014.

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 three times before in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Elise SchweitzerRoanoke, VA
Elise Schweitzer creates large oil paintings of groups of people sharing peak experiences. Her latest body of work depicts a moment of crisis when a skydiver crash-lands in a Midwestern backyard. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art from University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Fine Art from Indiana University. Schweitzer has shown her paintings in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, and won numerous awards and grants. She has taught landscape painting classes in Italy and participated in an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Schweitzer is currently an assistant professor of Painting, Hollins University in Roanoke, VA