Bethesda Painting Awards Founder/Chair

Founder, Carol Trawick
The Bethesda Painting Awards was established by Carol Trawick. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is the Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and founder of The Trawick Prize. Additionally, Ms. Trawick was Chair of the Glen Echo Park Implementation Committee, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Parks Foundation and is a member of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. As President of the Greater Bethesda Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce from 1992-1993, Ms. Trawick spearheaded the privatization of the Bethesda Urban District which became the Bethesda Urban Partnership in 1994. She is a past recipient of the Greater Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award, the YMCA Community Service Award, the Rotary Public Service Award and the American Association of University Women Service Award. Additionally, the Jim & Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawick's sold their successful information technology company. 

Chair, Catriona Fraser 
Catriona Fraser, award-winning photographer, curator and juror is the non-voting Chair of the Bethesda Painting Awards. She serves on the Bethesda Art & Entertainment District Advisory Committee and the Washington School of Photography Advisory Board. Her work has been exhibited in the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, PA; the Otero Museum in Colorado; the Museu de Brusque in Brazil; the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City and throughout Europe and Latin America. Additionally, she has orchestrated, organized, curated and juried more than 100 fine art exhibits. Ms. Fraser has directed the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda since 2002, and is the founder of Secondsight, an organization for women in photography. Ms. Fraser also serves as Chair of The Trawick Prize and Director of the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.