2017 Bethesda Painting Awards Finalists



Amy Boone-McCreeshBaltimore, MD

Amy Boone-McCreesh creates multi-media artwork that addresses the clash between handmade and technical processes. A decorative and maximal aesthetic often fuels her visual vocabulary. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts from Towson University. Amy completed a two-year fellowship for emerging artists with Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C. where she exhibited and was included in Scope, Miami and (e)merge DC art fairs. Her work has also been included in exhibitions across the country. Recent collections include the Department of State and the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Amy was previously adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Dickinson College.

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 preparing for her second solo show in September at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York City where she is represented. 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. She has also participated in 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. 
Frank Cole, Rockville, MD

Frank Cole received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University. He received an undergraduate grant, a graduate fellowship and a professional fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as a professional fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Cole’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the East Coast, most recently in a solo show at Artspace in Richmond, VA. His art is in numerous collections in Richmond, VA. Regarding his work, Cole says, “Images of ocean and sky offer up my feelings about man's arrogance toward nature, as well as nature's indifference to man, and the resulting emotional pressure. The vulnerability of weather and wave, but more so, the vulnerability of man.”

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Washington, D.C.

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, RI, and Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has had solo exhibits at AIR Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Rice Gallery at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and Hamilton Gallery in Washington, D.C. She received artist in residence grants from Bernis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE; Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO; Salzburg Kunstlerhaus in Salzburg, Austria, Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, VT; Djerrassi Residents Artist Program in Woodside, CA and Carbon 12 in Jaipur, India.  Mann was a finalist in the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2008, 2009 and received second place in 2010 and third place in 2012. She received Best in Show at Rawls Museum in Courtland, VA in 2011 and was a semifinalist for the 2015 Janet and Walter Sondheim Award. In 2016, Mann was an Individual Artist Grant recipient from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Mike McConnell, Phoenix, MD

After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1975, Mike McConnell worked for over 30 years as an illustrator, freelancing for design firms and advertising agencies in the Baltimore and Washington area. His illustrations have been included in multiple design magazines including Print’s Regional Design Awards, The Society of Illustrators Annual, and HOW Magazine’s Annual. In the Fall of 2012, he made a commitment to focus exclusively on fine art. Mike is a 2016 Maryland State Arts Council Artist Award winner and the 1st Place: President’s Best of Show winner of the 2016 3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Exhibit. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Maryland.

Ken Schiano, Chestertown, MD

Ken Schiano is an award-winning artist living in Chestertown, MD. His work has been exhibited widely up and down the East Coast and in many corporate and private collections. Ken received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union. He has taught both art and architecture at the University of Kentucky and the Illinois Institute of Technology and is currently a partner at QA13 Architects. His skills as an artist are largely self-taught. He tends to rely heavily on architectonic principles, especially in the honest use of materials and process. He mixes his own colors and makes the pigment tools he uses, matching them to the shape and strength of his hand. While it is not a conscious intent to extend the creative practice to include the actual manufacture of the material used, it is logical that he would be interested in their genesis and these paintings integrate such knowledge. In the process, he hopes his activities would also begin to suggest where the bounds between discipline and surrender lie.

Stephen Towns, Baltimore, MD

Currently based out of Baltimore, MD, mixed-media artist and muralist, Stephen Towns was born in Charleston, SC. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of South Carolina and studied at Maryland Institute College of Art. Towns primarily works in oil and acrylic painting and fibers, drawing much of his visual inspiration from Medieval altarpieces, Impressionist paintings and wax cloth prints. His work has been exhibited at Galerie Myrtis, Gallery CA, Platform Gallery, Hood College and is in the collection of the City of Charlestown, South Carolina. Most recently, 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.

Trevor Young, Takoma Park, MD

Educated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Trevor Young is represented by Addision/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, D.C; David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI; and J. Cacciola Gallery, NY where he has been awarded solo exhibitions with each gallery.  His work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, including the Armory Show, NY; Art Miami, FL; and La Biennale di Veneza (Luciano Benetton Collection), among others. He was recently profiled for the September/October 2015 issue of Home & Design magazine and featured on the "Full Frame" segment of CCTV America in October 2015.  His work is included in several private and public collections, including the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.  Young is currently working towards a group show with the David Klein Gallery in April 2016 after his first solo exhibition with Addision/Ripley Fine Art in January 2016.