Eight finalists have been announced for the 2012 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, a regional visual art competition established in 2003 by Bethesda community activist and philanthropist Carol Trawick.
The and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District will unveil the work of the finalists, hailing from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, during a September group exhibition at
The winners are set to be announced on Sept. 5. The top prize winner will receive $10,000, with the second place winner receiving $2,000 and the third place winner receiving $1,000. Another $1,000 prize may be awarded to a young artist.
And the finalists are:
- Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore
- David D’Orio, Mt. Rainier
- Skye Gilkerson, Baltimore
- Dean Kessmann, Washington, DC
- Nate Larson, Baltimore
- Joshua Wade Smith, Baltimore
- Diane Szczepaniak, Potomac
- Hannah Walsh, Richmond
The Trawick Prize has awarded more than $126,000 and has exhibited the work of over 100 visual artists since its inception, according to the . The jury for this year’s awards includes Dawn Gavin, associate professor in drawing and foundations at the University of Maryland, College Park; B. Kelly Gordon, associate curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC; and N. Elizabeth Schlatter, deputy director and curator of exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia.
You can check out the finalists’ artwork at Gallery B from Sept. 1 through Sept. 29. A public reception will be held there from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, in conjunction with Bethesda Art Walk.
Congratulations to the finalists!