Finalists

2017 Trawick Prize Finalists

Cindy Cheng, Baltimore, MD
Cindy Cheng thinks about themes of passage through landscapes, time and memory while drawing, tinkering and building puzzles. Rooted in the practice of drawing, she explores the relationship between drawings and objects through installation and complex constructions. Cheng has shown work at Flashpoint Gallery and (e)merge art fair in Washington, D.C., Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries in Baltimore, MD, Present Junction in Toronto, Canada and IAM Gallery in New York. She has done residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Anderson Ranch. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Cheng was a 2016 Trawick Prize finalist and is also a 2017 Sondheim Award finalist. 
 
                 
Larry Cook, Landover Hills, MD 
Larry Cook has shown his work in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the region. His work was included in group shows including It Takes A Nation at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C., To Be Black in White America at Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, MD and How We Lost DC at Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C. Cook’s solo exhibits have been shown at Hamiltonian Gallery, (e)merge art fair, and Pleasant Plains Workshop in Washington, D.C. He received his Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University. He is represented by Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, MD and is a visual art teacher at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD. Cook was the 2014 Trawick Prize Young Artist Award Winner, a Hamiltonian Fellow from 2013-2015 and a finalist for the 2016 Sondheim Award.
Amy Finkelstein, Takoma Park, MD 
Amy Finkelstein’s pieces have been juried and shown throughout the United States, including at the Alan Klotz Gallery in New York, Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C., Meyerhoff Gallery in Baltimore, MD and Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has also been included in international exhibits, appearing in Mexico and in Italy as part of a permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Museum of Casoria, Napoli. In 2015, she was awarded an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship. Finkelstein received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by Alan Klotz Gallery in New York and by Local Galleria in Mexico City.
Helen Glazer, Owings Mills, MD
Helen Glazer makes photographs and photo-based sculpture based on complex natural forms, informed by an understanding of scientific concepts of growth and form in nature. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the Delaware Museum of Art in Wilmington, DE, New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY and Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York, NY. Two sculptures were displayed at the American Ambassador's Residence in Lima, Peru, as part of the State Department's Art-in-Embassies Program. Glazer was an artist-in-residence for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study from 2014-2015. As a grantee of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, she traveled to Antarctica in 2015 to photograph ice and geological formations. Glazer received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, also attending Skowhegan School of Art. 
Giulia Livi, Baltimore, MD
Giulia Livi is an emerging interdisciplinary artist. Her painting and installation is an investigation of interior space and design, focusing on the acute and the polite, the domestic and the utilitarian. Livi has shown her work at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Meyerhoff Gallery in Baltimore, MD and Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center in Philadelphia, PA. She also has a passion for mural work and has participated in international mural collaborations. Livi earned her Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a visiting professor of art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Michele Montalbano, Burke, VA
Michele Montalbano is a painter, printmaker and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows in the Washington, D.C. area including Gallery Plan B and Hillyer Art Space in Washington, D.C., Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD, McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA, and Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. Montalbano received fellowships at residency programs including the Vermont Studio School. Awards include the Strauss Fellowship and the David Lloyd Kreeger Prize. She received a Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University. She was an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University from 2016-2017. 
               
Ben Piwowar, Baltimore, MD
Ben Piwowar focuses his current work on improvised, site-responsive sculptural installation using salvaged materials, but considers his background in traditional painting and drawing integral to his practice. His work has been included in exhibitions at Meyerhoff Gallery in Baltimore, MD, Artspace New Haven in New Haven, CT, the Rice Gallery at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, VisArts in Rockville, MD and Soho20 Chelsea Gallery in New York, NY. Piwowar received a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in sculpture and installation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. 
 
Renée Rendine, Towson, MD
Renée Rendine uses performance to activate site-specific sculptural installations. With an emphasis on labor-intensive construction techniques, she builds structures that reflect her interest in fiber art and insect architecture. Her work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD, The Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ, and Ethan Cohen KUBE in Beacon, NY. Rendine has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and The Surface Design Journal. She received a fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2000 and Individual Artist grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2005, 2009 and 2016. She was awarded a Baker Artist Awards B-Grant in 2015. Rendine earned her Bachelor of Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her Master of Fine from Virginia Commonwealth University.