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The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District once again invites local artists to submit work to the 15th 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.

Awards:
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artist* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after February 22, 1989 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 2019.


Eligibility
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 2019 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. 

Jury

  • Kyle Hackett, Professor of Studio Art, American University; 2014 Bethesda Painting Awards Winner
  • Sue Johnson, Professor of Art, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Susan Zurbrigg, Painting and Drawing Area Head, Professor of Art, James Madison University


Bethesda Poetry Contest

Deadline: February 8, 2019

Awards
First place: $350, published on The Writer's Center's blog and magazine, and a free class and membership to The Writer's Center.
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site and honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase, April 25-26, 2019.

Requirements
Poems cannot be more than 21 lines of text. Do not double space your entry. Only one entry per person. Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished. Any poems containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.

Eligibility
Residents of Washington, D.C. and the select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) are eligible. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible.

Only one entry per person.

Judge
Michael S. Glaser

Notification
Winners will be contacted by March 22, 2019.

Copyright
All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the poems they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting poems, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

Questions? Please email poetry@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 142.
For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org.

Bethesda Poetry Contest

Deadline: February 8, 2019

Awards
Up to three Young Poets will receive a $75 prize.

All winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site and honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase, held April 25-26, 2019.
Requirements
Poems cannot be more than 21 lines of text. Do not double space your entry. Only one entry per person. Your poem must be your original work and must be currently unpublished. Any poems containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.

Eligibility
Residents of Washington, D.C. and the select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) are eligible. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible. Must be between 14-17 years old at the time of the entry deadline.

Only one entry per person.

Judge
Michael S. Glaser

Notification
Winners will be contacted by March 22, 2019.

Copyright
All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the poems they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting poems, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

Questions? Please email poetry@bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660, Ext. 142.
For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org.

Bethesda Urban Partnership