Trawick Application

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Application

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2003. 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 Artists* - $1,000

*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 7, 1987 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 September 2017.


The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites eligible artists to enter The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art 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 September 2017 at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, MD.

All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted. The maximum dimensions should not exceed 96 inches in any direction. 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.


Zoë CharltonArt Department Chair and Associate Professor, American University
Neil FeatherArtist and Winner of the 2014 Sondheim Art Prize and the 2014 Trawick Prize

Elizabeth MeadDepartment Chair, Class of 1963 Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Art and Art History,
William & Mary 

Important Dates

  Deadline for application:
  April 7, 2017

  Notification Mailed:
  May 12, 2017

  Exhibition Date:
  September 2017


Online Application
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 Friday, April 7, 2017 to: The Trawick Prize, c/o Bethesda A & E District, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

Questions? Contact Laura Foit at