Bethesda Painting Awards Jury

Selection Panel

The 2018 competition will be juried by Sally Bowring, Laura Roulet and Bill Schmidt.

Sally Bowring is a native New Yorker who has made her home in Richmond, VA. Ms. Bowring teaches painting at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowships and the Theresa Pollak Visual Arts Awards 2003-2004 and has been granted four fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2007 Bowring was invited to join as a guest Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar. Bowring served as staff and commissioner, as well as chair, of the Public Art Commission for a total of 12 years. Most recently she has completed three years as vice chair of the Fellows Council of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Bowring is a long-standing emeritus member of 1708 Gallery and serves on the Advisory Board for Studio 23. She is represented by Reynolds Gallery, in Richmond, VA. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the initial 5x5, a major public art initiative in Washington DC. Her recent exhibitions include “Foon Sham: Escape” (American University Museum, Katzen Center), “Barbara Liotta: Tower in Three” (Glen Echo Park), the “National Drawing Invitational” (Arkansas Arts Center), “CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art” (Arlington Arts Center, VA), “Frances Gallardo: Meteorology” (Torpedo Factory, VA), “Wilmer Wilson IV: the FOREVER Aftermath” with the programming “Performance: Aftermath” (Artisphere, VA), and “Sculpting Outside the Lines” in Foggy Bottom.  International exhibits include the Art Museum of the Americas as well as exhibits in Mexico City and Puerto Rico.  She is a regular contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her essay “Aglutinación: The Collective Spirit of Puerto Rican Art” is included in the catalogue Relational Undercurrents, as part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Her other publications include articles in American Art, Art Journal, and Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art: the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite

Bill Schmidt received a BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1969) and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (1971). He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1967). He has exhibited his paintings, drawings, and sculpture extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region and has had solo shows in Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia. Recent group shows include Baker Artist Awards 2016 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, “Squared” and “If Not For You” at the Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA; “Variations in Paint” at the Painting Center, NY, NY; and “Interior Space – Small Scale Abstract Painting”, Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, the most recent being the Semmes G. Walsh Award (Baker Artist Awards, 2016), the Bethesda Painting Award (2015). Since 2001, he has been the director of MICA’s Post-Baccalaureate Program in Fine Art. In addition to his involvement with the visual arts, he is a musician who has performed and recorded traditional American music on fiddle, banjo, and guitar for over 40 years.