2020 Trawick Prize Finalists
Erick Antonio Benitez, Baltimore, MD
Erick Antonio Benitez is a first generation Salvadorian-American multidisciplinary artist, musician, organizer and curator. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at Connor Smith Gallery (Washington, D.C.), The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD), Greenpoint Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Galerie B-312 (Montreal, QC) and Metafora Studio Arts (Barcelona, Spain). Benitez is also a recipient of the Ruby Artist Project grant, The Contemporary: Grit Fund 2, MASB Travel Artist Award and has participated in The Studios residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. He was the 2018 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Award winner and in 2019, Benitez received a Baltimore Light City Festival commission. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Cindy Cheng, Baltimore, MD
Cindy Cheng is a ceramic, drawing and sculpture artist. Rooted in the practice of drawing, she explores the relationship between drawings and objects through installation and complex constructions. She exhibits her work widely, participating in solo and group shows at School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Fjord Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Ditch Projects (Eugene, OR) and at ‘Sindikit Project (Baltimore, MD). She received a 2018 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and has participated in the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Anderson Ranch Artist Residency. She is looking forward to her upcoming Joan Mitchell Center Residency. Cheng was the 2017 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Award recipient. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Fine Arts from MICA. Cheng was a Trawick Prize finalist in 2016 and 2017.
Elliot Doughtie, Baltimore, MD
Elliot Doughtie’s current practice utilizes drawing, collage, sculpture and installation in the service of generating new experiences that transcend existing boundaries or assumed functions. He has shown his work in many venues, including Fjord Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), The Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, TX), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA) and Re:Art show (Brooklyn, NY). He was the recipient of a 2018 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. He was a semifinalist for the 2020 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Award. Doughtie received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Danni O'Brien, Baltimore, MD
Danni O’Brien is a queer interdisciplinary artist and art educator. Her practice is rooted in scavenging, playing and tinkering, and revolves around her interest in histories of domesticity, 1990s HGTV craft shows and anti-capitalist survival. Informed by an education in sculpture, fiber arts and ceramics, she aims to construct work and installations that are accessible, provocative and surreal. Her work has been exhibited at SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York City, NY), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Hillyer Art Space (Washington, D.C.), Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA) and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach, VA). O’Brien has been awarded artist residencies at Baltimore Clay Works, The Wassaic Project, PLOP, The Maple Terrace, Art Farm and Proyecto Ace. She was a semifinalist for the 2020 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Award. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University.
Nara Park, Washington, D.C.
Nara Park is a sculptor and installation artist based in Washington, D.C. She is a recipient of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship and the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship. Park’s work has been on exhibit at numerous venues, including Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA), The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ), Baltimore/Washington International Airport and American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (Washington, D.C.). Her works are included in the collections of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, as well as The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center and Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship. Park was a Trawick Prize finalist in 2015.
Ginevra Shay, Baltimore, MD
Ginevra Shay, an artist and curator, uses photography and sculpture to depict poetic moments of observation and adaptation. Ginevra has shown their work in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally including at De Novo Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Colburn Gallery (Burlington, VT), NO/ Gallery (Ghent, Belgium), Full Circle Gallery (Baltimore, MD) and LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL). Shay's work and publications are in the libraries of Yale University Art Gallery Library, The International Center for Photography, Indie Photobook Library, Houston Center for Photography, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Shay was the 2019 Mollie Ruprecht Visiting Artist at the University of Vermont and named a recipient of a 2018 Maryland Individual Artist Award for Photography. They were also named a semifinalist for the 2020 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Award. Shay is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Photography at the Milton Avery School at Bard College.
Bria Sterling-Wilson, Baltimore, MD
Bria Sterling-Wilson, a photographer and collage artist, expresses the beauty and complexities of the African American community through her artwork. With a background in freelance photography, Bria turned to collage. Influenced by Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas and Hannah Hoch, she uses found clippings and fabrics to express the multifaceted aspects of the African American diaspora and culture. Her works question the idealized standards of beauty placed upon society and dive into the conversation of cultural appropriation, race, stereotypes and identity. Bria is currently working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Arts at Towson University.
Daniel Wickerham & Malcolm Lomax, Baltimore, MD
Wickerham & Lomax is the collaborative name of Baltimore-based artists Daniel Wickerham and Malcolm Lomax. Formerly known as DUOX, the artists have been working together since 2009 across diverse media, curatorial platforms and institutional contexts. The aim of their practice is to take the marginal – peoples, phenomenon and pursuits – and prioritize them in the realm of art. They’ve shown their work extensively, including at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Reginald F. Lewis Museum (Baltimore, MD), Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD), Terrault Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), Brown University (Providence, RI) and Dem Passwords (Los Angeles, CA). They’ve presented video works through various screening programs and fairs including The Drawing Center, NADA, Frieze, Hessel Museum of Art and the Maryland Film Festival. In 2017, they participated in The Light City residency based in Baltimore, and in 2015 they won the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Both Wickerham and Lomax received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Maryland Institute College of Art.