The Trawick Prize Founder & Chair
Founder, Carol Trawick
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2003. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She currently serves as Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council. Trawick formally served as Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., Chair of Strathmore Music Center, President of Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club and Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Parks Foundation. She was honored as the 2010 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year and named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. She was elected to the Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame in 2012. Also in 2012, Trawick created the 10th Anniversary Sapphire Award to honor the 10 Trawick Prize winners from 2003-2012. The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company. She also established the now annual Bethesda Painting Awards.
Chair, Catriona Fraser
Catriona Fraser, award-winning photographer, curator and juror is the non-voting Chair of The Trawick Prize. Fraser has directed the Fraser Gallery since 2002 and also serves on the Washington ASchool of Photography Advisory Board and Washington Art Works Board. Her work has been exhibited in the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg, PA; the Otero Museum in Colorado, and throughout Europe and Latin America. Additionally, she has organized, curated and juroies more than 100 fine art exhibits, She remains actively engaged in supporting the careers of local, emerging artists and teaches an intensive six hour business and marketing seminar, "Success as an Artist." Fraser serves as Chair of the Bethesda Painting Awards and is the Director of the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.