The Trawick Prize
Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards
is the visual art prize produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment
District. The third annual juried art competition will
award $14,000 in prize monies to four selected artists.
The first place winner will be awarded $10,000; second
place will be honored with $2,000 and third place will
be awarded $1,000. A “young” artist whose
birth date is after April 8, 1975 will also be awarded
a $1,000 prize sponsored by the Fraser Gallery.
The Trawick Prize winners were announced at a private
reception on September 7, 2005 at Creative Partners Gallery.
Jiha Moon of Annandale, VA was named the Best in Show
winner of $10,000; Dean Kessmann of Washington, D.C.
was awarded the Second Place prize of $2,000; Sonia Denise
Tassin of Baltimore, MD was honored with the Third Place
Prize of $1,000 and Michele Kong of Baltimore, MD was
given the Young Artist Award of $1,000.
The jury members for the 2005 competition were Dr. Thom
Collins, Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum
in Baltimore, MD; Andrea Pollan, an independent curator,
fine arts appraiser and art consultant and Olga Viso,
Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The exhibition featuring The Trawick Prize finalists will
be held from September 6 - 30, 2005 at Creative Partners
Gallery located at 4600 East West-Highway in downtown Bethesda,