Bethesda Painting Awards Jury

The 2020 competition will be juried by Paula Crawford, Gavin Glakas and BG Muhn.

Paula Crawford
Director of Painting, George Mason University

Paula Crawford is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Crawford has held exhibitions in New York, California, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and Washington, as well as Peru, Paraguay, Canada, Italy, and Jordan. Crawford co-authored, The Critique Handbook, now in its second edition and recently published in China. Additionally, Crawford has been published in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Washington Times and WETA. Crawford completed her Master of Fine Arts in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is an alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She is the Director of Painting at George Mason University, and has taught abroad in Cortona through the University of Georgia.

Gavin Glakas
Painter, Painting Instructor at Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo

Gavin Glakas studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Following graduation, he spent a year in Athens, Greece, working as an illustrator. Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Institute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in American Art Collector, International Artist, Art Business News, Elan and The Strand magazines, and exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the country. Glakas’ paintings hang in the United States Capitol, the House of Representatives’ Armed Forces Committee, Georgetown University, The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach and the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, as well as in numerous private collections. He paints full-time and teaches figure painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD, as well as workshops in Tuscany, Italy and Palm Beach, FL.

BG Muhn
Painting Professor, Georgetown University
2008 Bethesda Painting Awards, Best in Show Winner

BG Muhn is a visual artist and teaches painting at Georgetown University. He has also been featured in solo exhibitions in venues such as Stux Gallery in New York City, Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul and the American University Museum in Washington, D.C. He has been awarded numerous times for his artistic merits including the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award and the Best in Show award in the Bethesda Painting Awards. He also has received acclaim in reviews and interviews in The New York Times, Art in America and CNN. Muhn has also taken an interest in and studied relatively unknown North Korean art. He has made numerous research trips to Pyongyang, North Korea during the past six years and conducted interviews of artists, art historians and museum staff by visiting the Choson National Art Museum and other national art exhibitions as well as Mansudae Art Studio. He has been giving lectures on North Korean art at numerous academic venues including Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Harvard universities. Muhn received his Master of Fine Arts from University of Maryland-College Park and Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts.