2012 Trawick Prize "Best of the Best" Finalists  
Lillian Bayley Hoover
Baltimore, MD
2012 Trawick Prize winner
Lillian Bayley Hoover earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hoover’s work has been featured in the Baltimore area and beyond, and recently appeared in the 94th edition of New American Paintings and the Summer 2011 issue of the Little Patuxent Review. She is the recipient of a grant from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, which enabled her to conduct research and make photographs in Istanbul, Turkey. Hoover has received many awards, including “Young Artist” for the Bethesda Painting Awards and two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and she has thrice been a semifinalist for both Baltimore’s Sondheim Prize and Bethesda’s Trawick Prize.


Richard Cleaver

Baltimore, MD
2003 Trawick Prize winner
Richard Cleaver received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin. He has been carving figures out of clay for more than 30 years. He has exhibited across the nation, including solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; American University Museum, Washington, D.C.; The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI and the Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ. His work is in the collections of museums including the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA and the George and Dorothy Saxe Collection and the Diane and Sandy Besser Collection at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, Evergreen Foundation, Franz and Virginia Bader Fund, Maryland State Arts Council and The Trawick Prize.

Artist Statement:

My sculptures integrate ceramic, which is the primary medium, with wood, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, gold leaf and oil paint. They are made complete with secret compartments which serve as hiding places for multiple and often times personal meanings. My recent work is based on narratives drawn from personal and historical events that are overlapped with subconscious images. The figures are like actors on a stage, enigmatic yet tense, while being enveloped or encrusted within layers of overgrowth concealing a world within.


Mia Feuer

Washington, D.C.
2011 Trawick Prize winner
Mia Feuer has exhibited her sculpture in solo exhibitions at Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Transformer Gallery and Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C. and The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. Feuer has received numerous accolades including The Trawick Prize; Best in Show, Durham Art Guild, NC; D.C. Commission for the Arts & Humanities Fellowship; support grant from Alliance for Artist Communities, Providence, RI and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Omaha, NE. She studied sculpture and exhibited her work at numerous art spaces at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, and earned her Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Artist Statement:

I construct works that investigate the tensions of separated or violated spaces. I create the illusion of collapsing architectural elements, failed infrastructure and destroyed landscapes. I spend time observing locations that resonate not only with my interest in social justice but also with my Jewish upbringing. I have traveled to and created works in response to time spent at places such as the ominous Megiddo Intersection near Nazareth, a checkpoint in Bethlehem, an evacuation route in Washington D.C., a burnt down police station in post-Mubarak Suez, a crumbling ancient city in Jordan and the toxic reclamation sites in the Tar Pits of Northern Alberta. My work may appear destructive, but I believe it serves as a provocation towards a new beginning in the re-imagination of the physical world.

Maggie Michael
Washington, D.C.
2008 Trawick Prize winner
Maggie Michael holds a Master of Fine Arts from American University, a Master of Arts from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She completed an Artist Research Fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution and an Artist Residency at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C. Michael was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, The Trawick Prize and a Young Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Michael is represented by G Fine Art, and her work has been exhibited in international private and public museums, galleries and collections.

Artist Statement:
Maggie Michael was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has lived and worked in California and lives and works in Washington, D.C. Michael’s studio is between the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, which are essentially between political and cultural paradigms within one city in one nation. Current projects, work, and paintings mediate double entendres, like a swinging door, between existential, linguistic and political unions.


Jiha Moon

Atlanta, GA
2005 Trawick Prize winner
Jiha Moon holds a Master of Arts in painting from the University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts from both Ewha Women’s University in Korea and the University of Iowa. Moon’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, TN; The LAB in New York, NY; the Mary Ryan Gallery in New York, NY; Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, GA and the Curator’s Office in Washington, D.C. and in group exhibitions at Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. Recent grants include The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artists Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptor’s Grant.

Artist Statement:
My images are cultural landscapes that look familiar and odd at the same time. I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds. I take cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products. I tease and change these lexicons so they are hard to identify, yet stay familiar. I have realized that blending cultures and making hybrid images is to be almost against people’s natural impulse to try to identify and categorize things in this world. I am purposefully making images that are hard to identify where they originate.











David Page

Baltimore, MD
2004 Trawick Prize winner

David Page, a native of Capetown, South Africa, earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park. His work resides in the permanent collections of Nelson Mandela and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and in the St. Mary’s College Teaching Collection.  He has exhibited in solo shows at Stevenson University Art Gallery in Stevenson, MD; Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA; Area 405 in Baltimore, MD; Gallery Flux in San Francisco, CA and Griffith University of Craft Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, and group shows at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C. and Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore, MD. Page, a Sondheim Prize Finalist, is the recipient of four grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the 2001 Sadat Art for Peace Award from the University of Maryland and the 1997 Award for Excellence from the American Craft Council.

Artist Statement:
We are the descendants of the fearful and the jittery. Our ancestors were the ones that understood that the crack of a twig or a fleeting shadow could mean the difference between eating dinner and becoming dinner. These adaptations, essential to the survival our primitive former selves (unsure of their position in the food chain), serve us poorly in a technological society. Having done well for a species of slow, hairless bipeds, we have difficulty distinguishing apparent threat from real danger. These outsize reactions to perceived threat: massive retaliation, disproportionate punishment and binary, “you are either with us or against us” tribal logic, create a paradoxical situation that is less stable as a result of the intended remedy.


James Rieck

Baltimore, MD
2006 Trawick Prize winner

James Rieck holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. He has been featured in solo exhibitions at Lyons Wier Gallery and the FLAG Art Foundation, both in New York, NY, and Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C., as well as in numerous group exhibitions at galleries across the country. Rieck worked as a mural artist for several years, creating pieces for the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, NV and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and Baltimore City Arts Grant.

Artist Statement:
I enjoy images of beauty.
I used to be a decorative mural painter, where I spent years trying to make one substance appear as something it's not, usually more expensive and refined, in the pursuit of 'beauty'. Painting was a vehicle of class and advantage, carrying notions of success and arrival into the world of the elite, and now I struggle with my intentions to paint beautiful pictures. I begin my compositions by cropping images using the devises so often found in advertisements themselves, in particular that of cutting the figure in pieces. Doing this allows me to redirect the focal point to discover other subtle, non-verbal cues that point more directly at the reality of what is really going on.


Jo Smail

Baltimore, MD
2007 Trawick Prize winner

Jo Smail, a graduate of the Johannesburg College of Art in South Africa, has been teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD since 1988. She has been honored with the Maryland State Art Council’s Individual Artist Award for painting four times; 1991, 1994, 2004 and 2007. Smail has had solo exhibitions at the Goya Contemporary in Baltimore, MD; the McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA and Axis Gallery in New York, NY. Additionally, her work has been highlighted in group shows at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD; Jolie Laide Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; Gallery 447 in Cambridge, MD; the Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University in New York, NY and the McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA.

Artist Statement:
I scavenge my own history.
I rummage, cut, tear, sew, paint and glue.
The only constant is the canvas and its threads. Beginning from zero (void/blankness/silence/nothing).
Contradictions co-exist, reflecting different ways of thinking.
Humor leavens the wounds.


René Treviño

Baltimore, MD
2009 Trawick Prize winner

René Treviño was born in Kingsville, TX, and lives and works in Baltimore, MD. His work has been highlighted in group exhibitions at the Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Washington Project for the Arts both in Washington, D.C. He has also had solo shows at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. He was named Best Local Artist by the Baltimore City Paper and was a finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize in 2006; and, in 2009 was awarded a Creative Baltimore Fund Artist Grant. Treviño holds a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Artist Statement:
History is subjective; there are so many blurred lines and so much distortion. Context and point of view is very important, one person's hero is another person's villain; it depends on who tells the story. As a gay Mexican-American, I have always felt excluded and under-represented by history. By working from old photographs and using history as a backbone for a lot of my work, I can reweave these “lessons” of the past. My work is an attempt to make our already complicated history even more complicated. The more layers that I present, the closer I can get to something that might resemble truth.