The Trawick Prize Jury

Selection Panel 

The 2019 competition will be juried by Jonathan Monaghan, Foon Sham and Sue Wrbican.

Jonathan Monaghan 
Assistant Professor of Digital Art & Studio Art Advisor
Catholic University
Former Trawick Prize Winner

Jonathan Monaghan works with computer animation and 3D printing to create otherworldly objects and narratives. Drawing on wide-ranging sources, such as historical artworks and science fiction, his works elicit subconscious anxieties associated with technology and consumerism. Notable exhibitions and screenings of his work include The Sundance Film Festival, The Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He has led workshops on 3D printing at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Elephant Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Style Magazine and The Village Voice. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York Institute of Technology and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland. Monaghan was the 2015 Trawick Prize Best in Show Winner. He was also named the winner of the Trawick Prize Ruby Award, a prize created to celebrate 15 years of the competition. Monaghan also teaches digital art and design courses at Catholic University.

Foon Sham
Professor of Sculpture
University of Maryland

Foon Sham, a sculptor, has exhibited his artwork in both solo and group exhibitions in the Greater Washington, D.C. area as well as in New York, Ohio, Delaware, New Mexico, Canada, Norway, Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong. His public collections include the Nayatad Sculpture Park in Hungary, United World College in Norway, Universidad De Palermo in Argentina, the MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia, the Sculpture Park at OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Yucatan, Merida, Mexico, the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail Station, the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. He has received many awards including a Residency Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Fellowship, the Virginia Commission of the Arts Individual Fellowship, and the Creative and Performing Arts Award from the University of Maryland. Sham’s artwork has been written about in Art in America Magazine, The Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and The San Diego Tribute. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts and his Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sham has also been teaching at the University of Maryland since 1993.

Sue Wrbican 
Associate Professor of Photography & Director of Photography Program
George Mason University 

Sue Wrbican teaches in the School of Art at George Mason University. Since 1989 she has created photographs, videos, sculptures and installations grounded in personal narrative examining labor, culture, time, place and weather. She has held numerous residencies and is also a founding member of the Floating Lab Collective, an internationally recognized D.C.-based art organization with which she works collaboratively on numerous projects. Her site-specific sculptures referencing the work of surrealist painter Kay Sage and titled “The Eventual Outcome of an Instant,” was constructed at the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, NY. In the fall of 2017, Wrbican presented her extensive artistic exploration into the work of Kay Sage at the Greater Reston Art Center in Virginia. Her video "Back Roof" is part of Miranda July's “Joanie 4 Jackie Archive” at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA. In 2008 she worked with Mary Carothers on a project addressing gas consumption and the environment entitled The Frozen Car. Wrbican earned her Master of Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in English writing with a concentration in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.