Painting Awards 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 Urban Partnership, Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, and Founder of the Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.


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

*Young Artist whose birthday is after Feb. 21, 1984 may be awarded this prize.
The Jurors will select up to nine finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in June 2014.


Artists must be 18 years of age or older and a permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All 2-D painting including acrylic, watercolor, oil. 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 on the exhibit. Artwork does not have to be for sale. Selected artists must deliver and pick up artwork from Gallery B.

Carrie Patterson, Associate Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Paul Ryan, Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College
Judy Southerland, artist and adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art & Design

  Important Dates

  Deadline for application:
  February 21, 2014

  Notification Mailed
  March 24, 2014

  Exhibition Date:
  June 2014


Online Application
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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 Friday, February 21, 2014 to: Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda A & E District, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.

Questions? Contact Valerie Hillman at