The Trawick Prize Jury

Selection Panel 

The 2021 competition will be juried by Mark Cooley, Oletha DeVane and Betsy Johnson.

Mark Cooley 
Director of New Media Arts & Associate Professor
George Mason University

Mark Cooley is an artist and educator whose work explores the intersections of art, activism and everyday life. He is widely published and his work has been screened, exhibited and performed around the world in venues including Exit Art in New York, FADO Performance Art Centre in Toronto, The World Social Forum in Mumbai, MediaLabMadrid in Spain, The Phillips in Washington, D.C and more. Cooley also works collectively with his wife and daughter, most recently as SporaStudios, which brings together art, permaculture and herbalism in an integrated approach for the wellbeing of earth, body and mind. Their collaborative projects have been featured at The Institute of Contemporary Art, in London, The International Forest Art Center in Darmstadt, Germany and other locations. As an Associate Professor and Director of New Media Art in George Mason University’s School of Art, Cooley teaches new media, cyberpunk and EcoArt. In addition to these focuses, he also founded The Green Studio, an EcoArt studio that offers students a living studio for exploring the intersections of art and ecology.

Oletha DeVane 
Director, Tuttle Gallery at McDonogh School
Former Trawick Prize Winner

Oletha DeVane is a multidisciplinary artist who explores diverse political, social identities and cultural interpretations. Her work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in the United Arab Emirates. Her work is in permanent museum collections and has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. and the Meyerhoff Gallery in Baltimore, MD. She has held artist residencies in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Banff, Canada and Lecce, Italy. DeVane is involved in the Baltimore arts community and has served on the board of Maryland Art Place, School 33 visual arts panels and as vice-chairperson of Wide Angle Community Media, a non-profit youth media organization. She also served as the Program Director for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist and Visual Arts programs. She is currently the Director of Tuttle Gallery at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. DeVane was the 2019 Trawick Prize Best in Show Winner.

Betsy Johnson 
Assistant Curator
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Betsy Johnson has been with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden since 2016 and was appointed to Assistant Curator in 2018, with responsibilities for overseeing the Museum’s photography collection. She organized Tony Lewis: Anthology 2014–2016 (2018), The Evidence Room (2019), and Feel the Sun in Your Mouth: Recent Acquisitions to the Hirshhorn Collection (2019). She has also supported a wide array of projects at the Museum, including Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green) (2019), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse (2018) and Tino Sehgal: This You (2018, among others. Prior to joining the Hirshhorn, Johnson worked for Glenstone, where she guided the development of their visitor experience and education programs. She has curated exhibitions for the Maryland Institute College of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, McLean Project for the Arts, Metro Micro Gallery and the Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park.