Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists
Christopher Batten, Baltimore, MD
Born in Detroit, MI, Christopher Batten began his undergraduate training at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and later completed his training at the College for Creative Studies where he earned a BFA in Illustration in 2006. Batten is a 2017 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA program, where he received a Hoffberger Merit Scholarship, the Dr. Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award, and two AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships. His artwork has been exhibited in cities such as Detroit, New York, San Antonio, Baltimore, and Atlanta. Subsequently, Batten’s works have appeared at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Red Bull Arts Detroit. He has been awarded residencies at Red Bull Arts Detroit and The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Maryland. Also, an arts educator, Batten is currently Visual Arts faculty at Bard High School Early College Baltimore and an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Lawrence Cromwell, Baltimore, MD
Lawrence Cromwell received his BFA in 1989 from the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he majored in Painting and Drawing. While there he won the Ewing Award Scholarship Prize for Visual Arts. He received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. He has exhibited his work in numerous venues including the Delaware Museum of Contemporary Art, Kimberly Venardos & Co. in NY, the Convergence International Arts Festival in RI and the Delaplane Arts Center in Frederick MD. He has also shown his work at various educational institutions and has most recently had a number of exhibitions at Jorden Faye Contemporary and the Hancock Solar gallery in Baltimore. He has been teaching for 20 years at various institutions such as RISD, the Boston Museum School, Rhode Island College, Salve Regina University and most recently at Towson University.
Temi Wyston Edun, Columbia, MD
Temi Wynston Edun is a contemporary abstract figurative artist who lives and works in Columbia, MD. Born in Ibadan, West Africa, the first of six children, his gestural and intense figures pay homage to the people and history of Africa. His engaging and often colorful figures capture elements of physical features that he calls “Africanness” in a celebratory and distinctive mark making style. In 1984, Wynston earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria, where he graduated with honors. Edun’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Maryland including the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD, The Meeting House Gallery in Columbia, MD and the Curve Gallery in Annapolis.
Pat Goslee, Washington, D.C.
While earning a BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Georgia, Goslee also took painting, photography and printmaking classes. Working full time, she earned an MFA in Painting taking classes during the day at Catholic University. She is a four-time recipient of Visual Artist Fellowship grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She has exhibited widely in museums, commercial venues, universities, alternative art spaces and art fairs. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the US Embassy in Ethiopia, the US Embassy in Nepal, National Institutes of Health, the Children’s National Medical Center, the Wilson Building (DC City Hall), the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the University of Georgia as well as in many prestigious private collections. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington Arts Museum (WAM) and the DC Arts Center (DCAC), and the Advisory Committee for IA&A at Hillyer where she has advocated for under-recognized talents. .
Monica Ikegwu, Baltimore, MD
Monica Ikegwu is a figure painter with a focus directed towards African American portraiture. With her work she aims to give people a platform to display themselves in the way that they truly are without any limitations. She has been awarded first place in the AXA Art prize (2018), and has also been recognized as a YoungArts Finalist (2017), a Gold medal winner in the NAACP ACT-SO National competition (2016), and as a Scholastic silver medal portfolio winner (2016). Her work was recently displayed and exhibited at Foley Gallery, The Creative Alliance, and at the Goucher College Rosenberg Gallery in early 2020. Throughout her years of painting she has been influenced and inspired by many artists such as Delfin Finley, Mark Tansey, Kehinde Wiley, and Kerry James Marshall. She is currently enrolled at Maryland Institute College of Art’s undergraduate program, where she studies painting.
Chee Keong Kung, McLean, VA
Geometry and gestural mark‐making are integral to Kung’s practice that is rooted in his training in art and architecture. He works with an evolving visual vocabulary informed by the cultural environment, observations from the natural and man‐made environments, and memories of his upbringing in multi‐ethnic Singapore. Kung is interested in the emotive resonance that grows out of the act of intent seeing and remembering. Created out of a process that is part discovery and part invention, his work navigates the spaces between light and shadow, depth and flatness, and motion and stillness. Kung’s works are in private, corporate, and institutional collections, including The National Museum Art Gallery of Singapore and The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Born in Singapore, Kung studied art & architecture at the University of Houston and real estate at Cornell University. .
Scott Ponemone, Baltimore, MD
With an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and BA from Amherst College, Scott Ponemone focuses his work on exploring people in public spaces and events, metamorphosed pieces of cultural heritage to create entirely new images. Ponemone has exhibited in 23 one-person shows in New York, Washington, Baltimore, Miami, Richmond and Annapolis. Ponemone has received multiple awards, including the Maryland Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in both 1989 and 2019; and the 4th Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition (2019), University of Maryland: President’s Best of Show Award among others.
Jowita Wyszomirska, Baltimore, MD
Wyszomirska’s work focuses on how she is captivated by the motion and stillness of nature and its unseen forces. She was born in Poland and emigrated with her family to Chicago in the early 1990s. Wyzsomirska earned her BFA from Illinois State University and her MFA from the University of Maryland. She has exhibited nationally in solo and two-person exhibitions. Her honors include residency fellowships at the Andy Warhol Preserve Artist in Residence program, Long Island, NY; Wrangell Artist Residency in McCarthy, Alaska, Jentel Foundation, Wyoming; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska; and the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Italy.