2015 Trawick Prize Finalists

Selin Balci, Annapolis, MD
Selin Balci creates her artwork using microorganisms. Constantly discovering and combining the scientific material and mediums, Balci applies an acute scientific laboratory practice to develop her work. Balci received her Bachelor of Science from Istanbul University, Bachelor of Fine Arts from West Virginia University and Master of Fine Arts from University of Maryland. Balci’s accolades include the College Art Association 2012 Professional-Development Fellowship in New York, So-Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington, D.C., and Smack Mellon's Hot Picks Artist Award in Brooklyn, NY. Her work had been featured at Hamiltonian Gallery, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington Project for the Arts, CONNERSMITH, and the Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Rush Arts Gallery and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY. Balci was a finalist in 2013 for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art. 
Lynn Cazabon, Baltimore, MD
Lynn Cazabon creates her work using photography, video, audio, web and mobile applications. Cazabon earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Michigan and her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and appears in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Additionally, Cazabon has been included in Public Art projects, showcasing work in Baltimore, MD, New Orleans, LA and Chicago, IL. Her honors and awards include Rubys Media Art Grant in 2014, Maryland State Arts Council grant in 2012, Klondike Institute for Art and Culture artist residency in 2014 and The Camargo Foundation Fellowship in 2003. Cazabon was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach the 2015 spring semester in Latvia. She was a finalist for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2008.
Catherine Day, McLean, VA
Catherine Day explores the notions of loss and memory through her photographs that she prints on translucent silks. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College in Missouri and has gone on to exhibit widely in both group and solo shows. Her work has been showcased at numerous venues, including in The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, VA, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, and Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, GA. Day received a 2012 Strauss Fellowship from The Arts Council of Fairfax County, Virginia. 
Jason Hughes, Baltimore, MD
Jason Hughes is an interdisciplinary artist with an emphasis on sculpture, drawing and print media. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and his Master of Fine Arts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His work, which includes textiles, collages, and cast sculptures from shredded currency, has been featured broadly. Exhibiting venues include the Jordan Faye Contemporary and EMP Collective in Baltimore, MD, Curator’s Office in Washington, D.C., Artisphere in Arlington, VA, Marianne Boesky Gallery, in New York, NY, as well as others. Hughes’ awards include the RTKL Fellowship and the Sadat Art for Peace Prize. He was most recently awarded an artist residency at Art Quarter Budapest and will be leaving for Hungary this fall. 
Timothy Makepeace, Washington, D.C.
Timothy Makepeace draws inspiration from what he calls “Industrial Sentinels,” which stems from his long-time interest in large industrial infrastructure. A Washington, D.C.-based artist, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University. He also studied sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art and photography at the Smithsonian Institution. His exhibition list includes the DC Arts Center, The Corcoran Museum, Art Museum of the Americas and Gallery 10 in Washington, D.C., Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery in Concord, MA, and McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA. Makepeace was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. 
Sebastian Martorana, Baltimore, MD 
Sebastian Martorana is a sculptor and stonemason based in Baltimore, MD. Matorana earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. After an apprenticeship at Manassas Granite & Marble, Inc., he went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Martorana’s work can be seen on the facade of buildings, monuments and memorials, including the Basilica of the National Shrine and City Hall in Baltimore, MD, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Gallery of Art and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. Martorana has received many awards and recognitions including showcasing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery’s 40th Anniversary Show: 40 Under 40: Craft Futures. His work is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. 
Jonathan Monaghan, Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Monaghan, who earned his Bachelor of Arts from the New York Institute of Technology and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland, creates animated video installations that challenge the boundaries between the real, the imagined and virtual. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Bitforms Gallery in New York, NY, Curator’s Office and Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C., Angell Gallery in Toronto, Canada and Market Gallery in Glasgow, UK. Monaghan’s films have also been chosen for screenings such as the Video Art Channel Launch in Berlin, Germany. He has also presented lectures and taught workshops at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of Wales, Glasgow School of Art, among others. Monaghan was a finalist for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2014. 
Nara Park, Washington, D.C. 
Nara Park, originally from Seoul, South Korea, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Park’s sculptures have been featured in many venues, including the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery in New York, NY, and the Katzen Arts Center, Capitol Skyline Hotel, Honfleur Gallery and CONNERSMITH in Washington, D.C. Two upcoming exhibits include Fall solos 2015 at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA and Nara Park Solo Exhibition at Studio 114 in Honolulu, HI. Park has received awards such as the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship.