Artist Jo Smail of Baltimore received a $10,000 prize at a reception celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, an annual competition honoring visual artists.
To celebrate the anniversary, founder Carol Trawick and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District produced the Sapphire Award Competition and Exhibition. The exhibition featured the artwork of The Trawick Prize Best in Show winners from the past 10 years.
Mia Feuer of Washington, D.C. took home a $1,000 prize after winning the People’s Choice Award, which was held in conjunction with Bethesda Magazine and allowed the public to view the artwork online and choose their favorite artist.
The work of the Best in Show winners is on exhibit at Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, through Dec. 1, 2012. A public opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 9p.m. in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Gallery hours for the duration of the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
Each year The Trawick Prize is juried by a three-person panel of curators, artists, academics and leaders in the arts community from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For the 10th Anniversary Sapphire Award, each of the jury members from the past 10 years was invited to view the artwork and select a winner.
The Trawick Prize was established in 2003 by Carol Trawick, a longtime community activist in downtown Bethesda. To date, The Trawick Prize has awarded more than $200,000 in prize monies and has exhibited the work of over 100 regional artists.
For more information, please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.