Trawick Prize



The Trawick Prize is a Contemporary Art Award funded by Carol Trawick.  It is a juried art competition and exhibition established in 2002.  The top 3 winners receive $14,000 in prize money: “Best in Show” winners are awarded $10,000, second place, $2,000, and third place receives $1,000.  A “young artist”, one who is under 30 years of age at the time of submission, is sometimes recognized with a $1,000 award.


The Trawick Prize, which was one of the first regional competitions of its kind in the metropolitan area, has received 3,000 artist submissions over the years.  Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC. This event is produced in September of each year by the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District & Bethesda Urban Partnership.


A sister prize, The Bethesda Painting Awards, was established in 2004, and is also funded by Ms.Trawick each June. It follows the same format as the Trawick Prize.


Since the inception of both Prizes, over $200,000 has been awarded to regional artists.


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