Bethesda Painting Awards – Finalists 2009 – Award Reception Friday June 12

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The Bethesda Painting Awards is downtown Bethesda’s annual juried art competition that exclusively honors painters from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

$10,000 Best in Show
$2,000 Second Prize
$1,000 Third Prize
$1,000 Young Artist Award

The selected nine finalists will display their work from June 3 – July 4, 2009 in downtown Bethesda at the Fraser Gallery located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. The Fraser Gallery is located two blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. Parking is available in the Cheltenham/Wisconsin garage located behind Chevy Chase Cars.

The opening exhibition of Bethesda Painting Awards winners on Friday, June 12th from 6-9pm held in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk. Many of the finalists and winners will be on hand to discuss their work.

List of Finalists, 2009

Steve Adams, McLean, VA

Steve Adams studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design in New York City under Henry Wolf, Walter Allner and Kes Zapkus; and photography under Ken Beckles. His work aims to “discover a new path into the abstract,” and he uses tools to selectively expose “the soul of the painting.” Adams’ recent exhibit was at the Susan Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA and he is currently developing a gallery base for his new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Heidi Fowler, Reston, VA

Heidi Fowler’s work stems from a “deep appreciation and respect for nature.” Within her paintings, she “explores the juxtaposition of nature, man and the divine.” She attended Northern Illinois University and Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH. Her works have been included in selected exhibitions including the Gallery Plan B in Washington, D.C.; Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown, MD and Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. Fowler was a Painting Awards Finalist in 2007.

Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore, MD

Lillian Bayley Hoover earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hoover has been the recipient of Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award for both painting and sculpture and was a semi-finalist for Baltimore’s Sondheim Prize in 2006 and 2007, and a Painting Awards finalist in 2008. She recently had an exhibit at the Paperwork Gallery in Baltimore, MD.

Jeff Huntington, Annapolis, MD

Jeff Huntington earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and his Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Reyes + Davis Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Raandesk Gallery of Art in New York, NY and Annapolis Street Gallery in Annapolis, MD. The main theme of his current body of work is the conflicting impulses towards civilization and the will of power.

Magnolia Laurie, Baltimore, MD

Magnolia Laurie has spent the last decade teaching, and is currently an adjunct drawing professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Earning her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, Laurie participated in selected group exhibitions at New York University, NY and, Creative Alliance and Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, MD. Within Laurie’s painting and instillations, the structures created are illogical and delicate, and reference the need to try, build and create even in the face of complete futility.

Katherine Mann, Baltimore, MD

Katherine Mann received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, RI, and is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has had solo exhibits at Red Brick Gallery in Yilan, Taiwan; Guandu National Park in Taipei, Taiwan and Bell Gallery in Providence, RI; and has received a MICA Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Mann describes her work as an ever-changing fantasy world where Buddhist symbols, blood clots, rainforests and coral reefs collide.

Greg Minah, Baltimore, MD

Greg Minah attended the University of Maryland at College Park and upon graduation was awarded a Colonel Wharton Award for outstanding achievement in painting. Last year, Minah was granted a Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, which was followed by a solo exhibition of recent work at Fusion Gallery in New Jersey. Minah recently had a show at AXD Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and he has upcoming shows in Towson, MD; Richmond, VA and Washington, D.C.

Camilo Sanin, Jessup, MD

Camilo Sanin is currently earning his Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD, and studied 20 th century abstract art at the University of Oxford, England. During this year, he was the recipient of the MICA Art Scholarship and the Hoffberger Foundation Award and Scholarship. Sanin’s work “delves into the realm of geometric abstraction because it seeks the establishment and understanding of basic principles such as order and harmony through line and color.”

Fraser Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30am-6pm

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