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The Trawick Prize

The Trawick Prize is a regional Contemporary Art Award funded by Carol Trawick.  It is a juried art competition and exhibition established in 2002.  The top three 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 over 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.

Read the East City Art Review here. For information on The Trawick Prize and how to apply, visit the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

The Bethesda Painting Awards

The Bethesda Painting Awards was established in 2004 and is also funded by Carol Trawick. Similar to The Trawick Prize the Bethesda Painting Awards is a juried art competition that exclusively honors painters from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Prize monies totaling $14,000 are awarded to the top four painters, annually.

For more information and to read all about recent finalists, visit the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Pictured from left to right; Catherine Leggett; Councilmember Sidney Katz; Lauren Adams. 2016 Best in Show winner; Carol Trawick, founder; Elaine Joost, Bethesda Urban Partnership Chair; Catriona Fraser, The Trawick Prize Chair


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