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The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with Montgomery County, Maryland, announces a new public art mural project at one of Montgomery County’s Public Park Garages located at 8216 Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda, MD.

Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently seeking proposals from artists who are 18 years of age or older and residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia. Artists must have prior experience with the design and installation of large scale murals and are asked to submit a detailed, site-specific proposal for the Triangle Towers Mural. 


There are two sides of Woodmont-Rugby Parking Garage to be used for the mural. Artists are invited to submit proposals that are transportation-theme including, but not limited to artwork depicting cars, bicycles, walking, public transportation and more.  The total size of the mural is approximately 3,000 square feet.  Please see the full RFP for the areas to be painted, 


  • Artist is required to use a paint specific to outdoor wall/concrete use such as Keim, SherKryl, NovaColor by Artex or Golden Artist Colors, etc. The artwork should be suitable for outside elements and change in temperature and as impervious to vandalism as possible, requiring little or no maintenance. 
  • Artist(s) must be 18 years of age or older and resident(s) of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia.
  • Artists are expected to carry their own general liability insurance. 


$32,500 will be provided to the selected artist. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel and all other project related expenses. Necessary lifts and scaffolding will be provided and associated fees will not be the responsibility of the selected artist. 


All applicants are asked to submit a detailed, site-specific proposal for the Woodmont-Rugby Parking Garage Mural by April 6, 2020

A final artist(s) will be chosen to complete the project and will be notified before June 30, 2020.

The final project must be completed by October 15, 2020, and within four weeks of the start date.  The artist or team of artists will coordinate their work schedule with the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

* All dates are subject to change. 


 Questions? Call 301-215-6660, ext 120 or email


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.
Best in Show - $10,000
Second Place - $2,000
Third Place - $1,000
Young Artist* - $1,000
*Young Artist whose birthday is after April 6, 1990 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 2020.
Selection Panel:
Larry Cook, 2017 Trawick Prize Winner; Assistant Professor of Photography, Howard University
Carrie Fucile, Professor of Digital Art & Design, Towson University
Noah Simblist,  Associate Professor of Art  and Chair of Painting & Printmaking; Virginia Commonwealth University


  • 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. 
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