Painting Application

Bethesda Painting Awards Application

The Bethesda Painting Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2005. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Founder of The Trawick Prize. Additionally, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company.

Catriona Fraser, award-winning photographer, curator and juror is the nonvoting Chair of the The Trawick Prize. Ms. Fraser is the owner of the Fraser Gallery.

Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artist* - $1,000

*Young Artist whose birthday is after February 19, 1986 may be awarded this prize.

The Jurors will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in June 2015.


The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites eligible artists to enter the Bethesda Painting Awards. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. The selected artwork will be on exhibit in June 2016 at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, MD.

All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Artwork does not have to be for sale at the exhibition. Selected artists must deliver and pick up artwork to and from Gallery B. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards.


Dorothy Moss, Associate Curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and director of the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. 
Dr. David Park CurrySenior Curator of Decorative Arts, American Painting & Sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Megan MarlattProfessor of Art andat University of Virginia

Important Dates

  Deadline for application:
  February 19, 2016

  Notification Mailed:
  March 28, 2016

  Exhibition Date:
  June 2016


Online Applicationsubmit
Create a an account and user login. Upload images and pay $25 entry fee via major credit card.

Mail-in Application:
Download the PDF application.
Submit application, $25 entry fee,
5 slides or cd w/5 images.

Applications must be submitted by February 19, 2016 to: Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda A & E District, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

Questions? Contact Valerie Hillman at