Baltimore artist Jo Smail has taken home the Sapphire Award and $10,000 after being named the “best of the best” of Trawick Prize winners over the past 10 years.
The Trawick Prize is an annual juried contemporary art competition, founded by Bethesda community activist and philanthropist Carol Trawick in 2003. To celebrate the competition’s 10th anniversary, a special group exhibition is underway at Gallery B to showcase the work of the artists who have taken "Best in Show" for the past 10 years.
The Sapphire Award Competition and Exhibition was produced by Trawick and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District to honor the winners. Of the winning artists, Smail was named Sapphire Award winner at a Friday reception.
Jurors who named Trawick Prize winners over the past 10 years were invited to help determine the winner.
Washington, DC, artist Mia Feuer took home the “People’s Choice” award and $1,000. The People’s Choice winner was determined by the public via online vote in conjunction with Bethesda Magazine.
The group exhibition is set for Nov. 3 through Dec. 1 at Gallery B. The public opening reception is planned for Friday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with Bethesda Art Walk.