2021 Trawick Prize Finalists
Sobia Ahmad, Silver Spring, MD
Sobia Ahmad is a strong believer in the catalytic power of art for social impact and community healing. Born in Pakistan, she moved to the United States at the age of fourteen. Ahmad’s work has been reviewed in several major publications including Al Jazeera English, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. She has exhibited internationally, including at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA), the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, NY), Queen Mary University (London), and the Women Filmmakers Festival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.). Recent achievements include the Wherewithal Research Grant, a socially-engaged fellowship at Halcyon Arts Lab and a solo exhibition at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Ahmad earned bachelor degrees in Studio Art and Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland.
Stephanie Garmey, Baltimore, MD
Stephanie Garmey is inspired by her collection of natural objects, materials and taxidermy animals, and her meditations on nature use a variety of media approaches. Garmey has received individual artist grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in crafts and painting and the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture. She has done residencies at Alfred and Trafford Klots Residency Program in Rochefort- en -Terre, Brittany, France and Vermont Studio Center. Garmey has exhibited at many venues, including the Hillyer Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Delaware Contemporary (Wilmington, DE), Vis Arts (Rockville, MD) and Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art as well as a Master of Arts from Purdue University.
Cecilia Kim, Richmond, VA
A Korean video artist, Cecilia Kim has traveled extensively and resided in several different countries including Australia, England, Singapore and the United States. Kim’s work has been shownin solo and group shows including The Immigrant Artist Biennale (virtual), 0 GALLERY (Seoul, Korea), Openarts Space MERGE (Busan, Korea), W36 Art Space (Nanjing, China), Target Gallery (Alexandria, VA) and Hume Gallery (Chicago, IL). Her short films have been selected at film festivals and screenings including the NoFlash Video Show, The Anderson Gallery, Around International Film Festival Amsterdam and Student Experimental Film Festival Binghamton. She was awarded a scholarship at Oxbow School of Art and residency at the Busan International OpenArts. Kim is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was a UWC-Davis scholar.
Abigail Lucien, Baltimore, MD
Abigail Lucien, an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, poetry, video and sound. Their practice looks at ways cultural identities and inherited colonial structures transmit to the body and psyche by playfully challenging systems of assimilation through material. Lucien was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, is a recipient of a 2020-2021 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and is the 2020 Harpo Emerging Artist Fellow. Their residencies include the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts (Wrocław, Poland), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), and Ox-Bow School of Art & Artist Residency (Saugatuck, MI). Lucien’s work has been shown at art institutions including SculptureCenter and MoMA PS1 (Queens, NY), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA), UICA (Grand Rapids, MI) and Museum of Fine Arts (Tallahassee, FL). Lucien holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Washington, D.C.
Mojdeh Rezaeipour, an Iranian American artist and storyteller, creates mixed media works and installations that explore hyphenated identity and belonging, as well as the intersections of our collective striving for healing and transformation. Her involvement in art and design has taken her to San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Tokyo and Berlin at the The Studio Visit at Takt Berlin. Other awards and fellowships include, Second Place Winner of the 2019 Trawick Prize, the 2020 Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship Grant, the Nicholson Project Artist in Residence and a Wherewithal Research Grant. Her work has been featured in BmoreArt, The Washington Post, Image Journal and on The Moth Radio Hour. Rezaeipour is currently a resident at STABLE art space in Washington, D.C., and will soon be an Artist in Residence at Wesley Theological Seminary. Rezaeipour received her Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.
John Ruppert, Towson, MD
John Ruppert’s sculpture, photography and installations reveal both nature’s destiny and ongoing pattern of change, as well as human interference on a global scale. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including, Omi International Sculpture Park (Ghent, NY), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), Kreeger Museum (Washington, D.C.), Katzen Art Center (Washington, D.C.) and the Baltimore Museum of Art and has also been included in shows in Beijing and Shanghai, Latvia, Finland and Poland. Ruppert represented the United States at the inaugural exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Tallinn, Estonia. He has been featured in Art in America, New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times, Art China and Sculpture. His awards include six Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist grants, the Mary Sawyers Baker Award and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award.
Ernest Shaw, Baltimore, MD
Ernest Shaw’s creative process focuses on the interaction between the work and its audience; highlighting the humanity of the viewer by illustrating the humanity of the subject. His goal is for the receiver to experience the mystery of creation while interacting with the portrait. Shaw’s primary subjects reflect the multiple aspects of the Black/Africanist experience in the context of a society that confines Blackness to being the antithesis to whiteness and a response to racialized subjugation. He has been awarded several awards and residencies including, the Baker Artist Award, Yaddo Artsist Residency, Mass Moca Artist Residency, Vermont Artist Studio Residency and the Ruby Arts Award. His work has appeared in galleries including Creative Alliance, Motor House and Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum in Baltimore, MD and Washington Project of the Arts..A product of Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore School for the Arts, Shaw received his Bachelor of Arts from Morgan State University and his Master of Fine Arts from Howard University.
Monsieur Zohore, Potomac, MD
Monsieur Zohore is an Ivorian-American artist who, through performance, sculpture, installation and theater, explores queer histories alongside his heritage through a multi-faceted lens of humor, economics, art history and labor. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including, Galleria Bianconi (Milan, Italy), Springsteen (Baltimore, MD), the 2020 Material Art Fair (Coyoacan, CMDX) and Ethan Cohen, Palo Gallery, New Release Gallery, 56 Henry, Canada Gallery and Jack Barrett Gallery in New York. Zohore is the 2020 recipient of the Wherewithal Research Grant. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union and his Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.