2013 Trawick Prize Finalists

Lauren Adams - Baltimore, MD
Lauren Adams, who grew up in a rural area of the American south, says she is inclined to explore issues of labor, class, the aesthetics of ornament and decoration, and domesticity. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Arts History from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Fine Arts in Multimedia from Carnegie Mellon University.
Adams has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, held a residency at Jentel in Wyoming, and completed a residency at the Cite in Paris, France in 2010. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award. Adams currently holds a position as full-time faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

Selin Balci - Annapolis, MD
Selin Balci earned her Bachelor of Science from Istanbul University, her Bachelor of Fine Arts from West Virginia University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland. Balci uses actual living microorganisms in her artwork to understand conflicts. Constantly discovering and combining the scientific material and mediums, Balci applies an acute scientific laboratory practice to create her art works. She references the fundamental, underlying social dilemmas and principles of our existence in an effort to understand and highlight social issues.
Balci has received many honors. Most recently, she was awarded with College Art Association Professional-Development Fellowship in Visual Arts. Balci’s work has been featured in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, she participated in Washington Projects of Arts’ biennial exhibition “OPTIONS 2013.”
Travis Childers - Fairfax, VA
Travis Childers received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and his Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. His work has been featured in many solo, two-person and group exhibitions along the East Coast and Tennessee.
Childers uses everyday materials as the starting point for his work. He says, “I enjoy the challenge of transforming something commonplace into a new object, keeping in mind the original purpose of the material when giving it new meaning.”
Adam Hager - Washington, D.C.
Adam Hager makes work about the strangeness of objects as they relate to function and non-function. He says, “I primarily collect items that are mechanical in nature, and I develop a relationship with these objects through the process of taking them apart.”
Hager earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Valparaiso University in Indiana and his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from American University in Washington, D.C. His work has been exhibited throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area, New York, Indiana and Baltimore, MD. In 2012, Hager received an Art Bank Purchase Grant from the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities. 
Mariah Anne Johnson - Washington, D.C.
Originally from Little Rock, AR, Mariah Anne Johnson now lives in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rice University in Houston, TX and her Master of Fine Arts from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and her work is in two collections in Little Rock, AK. Johnson has exhibited her work in many solo and group shows, most recently at Alley Cat Studio in Washington, D.C.  
Gary Kachadourian - Baltimore, MD
Gary Kachadourian’s recent work has been drawing centered and is often designed to be copied and shown and distributed as Xeroxed or ink jet-printed booklets, prints or posters. His art has been exhibited all over the United States and in Sevilla, Spain. In 2011, Kachadourian received a Baker Artists Award and a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Kachadourian is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. He regularly curates exhibitions in Baltimore, MD.
Kate Kretz - Colesville, MD
Kate Kretz earned a Cours De La Civilization Française certificate at The Sorbonne and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the State University of New York at Binghamton before receiving her Master of Fine Arts from University of Georgia.

Kretz’s work has appeared in more than 95 international newspapers and magazines. Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has received the NC Arts Council Grant, The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, The Florida Visual Arts Fellowship and a Millay Colony Residency. After working as an Associate Professor and BFA Director at Florida International University for ten years, Kretz relocated to the Washington, D.C. area. She currently works in her studio while teaching workshops and lecturing at various universities.

Caitlin Teal Price - Washington, D.C.
Caitlin Teal Price was born in Chicago, IL, and grew up in Washington, D.C.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Parsons School of Design in 2002, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Art in 2009. In 2010 she was awarded the Kodak film grant from Too Much Chocolate and an honorable mention from the New York Photo Awards. She has exhibited her work nationwide and is in the collection of the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in San Bernardino, CA. Her work has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Washington Post Magazine, Details, Vogue and more.  Caitlin currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.


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