2018 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists



Kim Abraham, Alexandria, VA

Kim Abraham’s work has been shown throughout the country in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Dallas and Miami. Abraham’s work is also in collections at the University of Pennsylvania, Whitman College and Ciurlionis Museum in Lithuania. After graduate studies at University of Texas and University of Pennsylvania, during which time he also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Abraham worked in New York and Washington, where he later taught painting at Whitman College. He received a fellowship award to the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland, where he began to focus on paintings inspired from the night sky and deep space which he continues to explore today.

Sarah Boyts Yoder, Charlottesville, VA

Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received her Master of Fine Arts in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Boyts Yoder's work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions throughout the United States including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been included in Fresh Paint Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine and Friend of the Artist. In 2014 she was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sarah has twice been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was awarded an artist residency at 100W Corsicana, in Corsicana, TX in 2017 and 2018. 


Carolyn Case, Cockeysville, MD

Carolyn Case earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University in Long Beach, CA and her Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She is represented by the Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York City, where she has been featured in two solo exhibitions. She has shown throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, with solo exhibitions at Loyola University, McLean Projects for the Arts, and the Art Registry in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous exhibitions throughout the East Coast. Her residencies have included the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, the Kanoria Centre for the Arts in Ahmedabad, India, and most recently a full fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as a full merit fellowship at the Vermont Studio.


Leigh Anne Chambers, Courtland, VA

Leigh Anne Chambers received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from East Carolina University and Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts under scholarship. Her work combines stenciled and sprayed paint with flung enamel found over vinyl in an attempt to challenge traditional notions of painting. She has been featured in several solo shows across Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina including at the Chroma Arts Project, Blend Studio, Artspace and Richmond International Airport. She was most recently selected as the 2016/2017 recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and is represented by Chroma Arts Project Laboratory in Charlottesville, VA and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA.


Emma Childs, Baltimore, MD

Emma was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, where she lives and works today. She recently completed her senior year at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in general fine arts and a focus in painting. Throughout her time at MICA, Childs was featured in several on-campus exhibitions and awarded scholarship each year based on both her portfolio and academic performance. Her abstract pieces are both self-contained and reaching. Childs creates objects that physically interact with their environment in the hope of evoking an energetically emotional response from viewers. 


Caleb Kortokrax, Baltimore, MD

Caleb Paul Kortokrax received his Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Valparaiso University in studio art and art education. He has exhibited his work nationally and has lectured on his work at MICA, Towson University, Stevenson University, Anne Arundel Community College and Valparaiso University. Kortokrax will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at Beacon College in Leesburg, FL along with a faulty exhibition at The Mitchell Gallery in Annapolis. He was also juried into a printed issue of New American Paintings. In 2014, he was chosen by Maryland Art Place for their annual meritorious exhibition Young Blood, featuring recent MFA graduates of the Baltimore area. In 2015, he completed a nine-month artist residency with Creative Paradox in Annapolis, MD. 


Khanh Le, Washington, D.C.

Born in Mỹ Tho, Vietnam, Khanh Le graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 2008. His work has been exhibited throughout the country including the Hunterdon Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Vox Populi, Honfleur Gallery, DC Arts Center, Hillyer Art Space, Transformer and Arlington Arts Center. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Le the Artist Fellowship for the Visual Arts in 2011 and 2015. Le continues to live and work in Washington, D.C., where he actively explores and questions the notion of identities through the lenses of culture and memories.

Stephen Towns, Baltimore, MD

Stephen Towns is a painter and fiber artist whose work explores how American history influences contemporary society. Towns received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of South Carolina and studied at Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been exhibited locally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Goucher College, Galerie Myrtis, Gallery CA and City Gallery at the Dock Street Theatre. His work has also been featured in publications such as the New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Style, Northern Virginia Magazine, BMore Art Magazine, Urbanite Magazine and Baltimore City Paper.  Towns was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, Travel Prize and received the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Grant in 2015.  Towns was also a Bethesda Painting Awards finalist in 2017.