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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 26, 1993 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 2023. 


The competition will be juried by Brandon Morse, Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at the University of Maryland College of Arts & Humanities; Jon-Phillip Sheridan, Chair of the Photography and Film Department at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Arts, and Naoco Wowsugi, Associate Professor of Art at American University.


  • Artwork must have been completed within the last two years.
  • Work must be available for the duration of the Awards exhibition in September 2023. 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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