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The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District once again invites local artists to submit work to the 17th annual Bethesda Painting Awards. This juried art competition awards $14,000 in prizes to four selected winners.  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.


Best in Show - $10,000

Second Place - $2,000

Third Place - $1,000

Young Artist* - $1,000

*Young Artist whose birthday is after February 28, 1992 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 2022.


Artists must be 18 years of age or older and permanent, full-time residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. 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. All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the June 2022 Gallery B exhibition.

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District will collect a 50% commission on any artwork that is sold during 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.


  • Maggie Michael, Artist, Best in Show Winner of the Trawick Prize 2008
  • Tony Shore,  Best in Show Winner of Painting Awards 2006, Chair of the Painting Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Robert Yi,  Assistant Director of the School of Art, George Mason University

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