Bethesda Painting Awards Jury

The 2021 competition will be juried by Emily S. Conover, John Lee and Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann.

Emily S. Conover

Emily Conover received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Maryland in 1996, and her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in drawing and painting from the University of Maryland. She has participated in exhibitions in the Greater Washington, D.C. area as well as in New York City, Los Angeles, CA, and Long Island City, NY. She was recently selected as one of 10 Washington, D.C. area artists for the exhibition "New Talent" at Rockville Arts Place. She also received a juror's award for her entry in the traveling exhibition "Drawing and Redefining Drawing: Invitations and Selections" by Manon Cleary sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She has taught painting and drawing at the University of Maryland in College Park since 1999.

John Lee

John Lee is a graduate of the certificate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Indiana in Bloomington. Lee is a responsive painter, who is interested in expressing both a sense of heft weightiness and a sense of diffuse fragility. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. John is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the College of William and Mary, where he has been teaching since 2008. He has also taught painting at Drexel University, the Delaware College of Art and Design and Indiana University.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

Katherine Mann received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Visual Art and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Mann has participated in exhibitions, solo and collaborative, in the Greater Washington, D.C. area as well as New York, California, Ohio, Nebraska and abroad. She has received grants such as a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant in 2019 as well as the Arts and Humanities Grant for a D.C. commission. In 2020, she was selected for a group exhibit, TRACES, at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. as well as at the AIR gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Mann received the Toby Devan Lewis Award in 2009, the Mayors Arts Award in 2017 and was the Best in Show winner of the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2017.