Painting Application

Bethesda Painting Awards Application

The Bethesda Painting Awards was established by Carol Trawick in 2005. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda. She is past Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Founder of The Trawick Prize. Additionally, the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation was established in 2007 after the Trawicks sold their successful information technology company.

Catriona Fraser, award-winning photographer, curator and juror is the nonvoting Chair of the The Trawick Prize. 

Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artist* - $1,000

*Young Artist whose birthday is after February 23, 1988 may be awarded this prize.

The Jurors will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in June 2018.


The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites eligible artists to enter the Bethesda Painting Awards. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. The selected artwork will be on exhibit in June 2017 at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda, MD.

All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimensions should not exceed 60 inches in width. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Artwork does not have to be for sale at the exhibition. Selected artists must deliver and pick up artwork to and from Gallery B. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards.


Sally Bowring
Professor of Painting, Director of Administration for the Painting & Printmaking Department, Virginia Commonwealth University
Laura Roulet
Independent Curator and Writer
Bill Schmidt
Artist, Winner of the 2016 Baker Artist Awards and the 2015 Bethesda Painting Awards

Important Dates

  Deadline for application:
  February 23, 2018

  Notification Mailed:
  March 23, 2018

  Exhibition Date:
  June 2018


Online Applicationsubmit
Create a an account and user login. Upload images and pay $25 entry fee via major credit card.

Mail-in Application:
Download the PDF application.
Submit application, $25 entry fee,
5 slides or cd w/5 images.

Applications must be submitted by February 23, 2018 to: Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda A & E District, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

Questions? Contact Sarah Peterson at