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The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is a visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District that honors artists from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The annual juried competition awards $14,000 in prize monies to selected artists and features the work of the finalists in a group exhibition.
Carol Trawick established The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2003. 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 April 12, 1991 may be awarded this prize.

The Jurors will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to display their work in a group exhibition at Gallery B in downtown Bethesda in September 2021.
Selection Panel:
Mark Cooley, Director of New Media Arts & Associate Professor, George Mason University
Oletha DeVane, Director, Tuttle Gallery at McDonogh School; Former Trawick Prize Winner
Betsy Johnson, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Eligibility

  • Artwork must have been completed within the last two years.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the Awards exhibition in September 2020. Finalists must deliver and pick up artwork to and from Gallery B.
  • 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 and 3-D fine art including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber art, digital, mixed media and video will be accepted. 
  • The maximum dimensions should not exceed 96 inches in any direction. 
  • No reproductions.  All works on paper must be framed to full conservation standards.
  • The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District will take 50% commission on pieces sold during the exhibit. Artwork is not required to be for sale at the exhibition. 


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.



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 26, 1991 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 2021.



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 2021 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

  • Emily S. Conover, Painting and Drawing Teacher, University of Maryland


  • John Lee, Assistant Professor of Painting, College of William and Mary


  • Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann,  Artist, Best in Show winner of the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2017


Bethesda Poetry Contest

Deadline: February 5, 2021.



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 website and honored at a special event during the Local Writer's Showcase, April 16-17, 2020.

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 Collier

Notification

Winners will be contacted by March, 2021.


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. 117.

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org.

Bethesda Poetry Contest



Deadline: February 12, 2021



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 2021.


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

TBD

Notification

Winners will be contacted by March, 2021.

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. 117.

For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org.

Bethesda Urban Partnership