The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 8


The annual juried competition, founded by Carol Trawick and produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted. Additional eligibility requirements and the application can be found at


The jury will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition in downtown Bethesda in September 2016.


The prizes are as follows:

Best in Show – $10,000.

Second Place – $2,000

Third Place – $1,000

Young Artist (must be born after April 8, 1986 to enter this category) – $1,000


The 2016 jurors are:

  • Stéphane Aquin, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Hasan Elahi, Associate Professor, Department of Art at University of Maryland
  • Rebecca Schoenthal, Curator of Exhibitions at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia