Bethesda Painting Awards Jury

The 2024 competition will be juried by Virginia Anderson, Scott Hutchison and Nicole Santiago.

Virginia Anderson

Virginia Anderson is the Curator of American Art and Department Head of American Painting & Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). Since arriving at the BMA in 2018 she has organized five exhibitions, reconceived and reinstalled the American Modernism galleries in the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing. She has also recently begun a major initiative to catalogue the department’s collection of painting, sculpture, and American decorative arts objects with funding from the IMLS to ensure broader public access to the BMA’s collection. Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University and her Master of Arts and PhD in art history from Boston University. She is an appointed Adjunct Professor in the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University, and has taught courses on modern and contemporary art at Boston University and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Scott Hutchison

Scott Hutchison is a figurative artist with more than 20 years of combined teaching and professional art experience. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa in 1995, Scott was awarded the Morris Lewis Fellowship from George Washington University where he received his Master of Fine Arts in painting in 1999. Scott’s artwork has been featured in a variety of venues regionally and nationally. Most notably, his work was accepted for display in Dover, DE at Biggs Body 2019 where his piece titled “Vertigo” was acquired by The Biggs Museum of American Art’s permanent collection. He is currently an Associate Professor of Practice in painting and drawing at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and has a home studio in Arlington, VA.

Nicole Santiago

Nicole M. Santiago holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of New Hampshire. She is a Professor of Art at the College of William and Mary, where she teaches life drawing, drawing, color theory and 2D design. Most of Santiago's works consist of semi-autobiographical paintings, drawings, and prints, containing layered narratives thinly veiled by the mundane debris of domesticity. Her work is exhibited often, having been included in over 100 groups and solo exhibitions during her career. She is a member of Zeuxis and First Street Gallery, New York, NY. Additionally, her works have been reproduced in several art publications, such as The Artist's Magazine, Art New England, INPA (International Painting Annual) and Fine Art Connoisseur. Nicole is also the 2023 Bethesda Painting Awards Best in Show winner.