Trawick Prize 09 Exhibition of Finalists

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2009 marks the 7th anniversary of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.

The work of eight finalists will be featured in this annual exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The exhibition will run September 2 – October 3, 2009 at the Fraser Gallery, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E. The Fraser Gallery is just three blocks from the Bethesda Metro station and a short walk from the public parking garage located at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road.

There will be a public reception for Trawick Prize winners on Friday, September 11, 2009 from 6-9pm held in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30am-6pm.

2009 Finalists:

Ruth Bolduan, Richmond, VA

Ruth Bolduan’s work has been featured in exhibitions all over the world including Spain, Peru, France, China and Turkey; as well as in the United States at The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in California and 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work is held in numerous collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts and American University Museum in Washington, D.C., and Peruvian American Cultural Institute in Lima, Peru. Bolduan earned her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from American University in Washington, D.C. She is currently an Associate Professor of painting and drawing at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, VA.

Laure Drogoul, Baltimore, MD

Laure Drogoul’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA and Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Additionally, her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows including the Carroll Museum and Current Space in Baltimore, MD; The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and Undercurrent Arts in Miami, FL. In 2006, Drogoul was awarded the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize and was also awarded her first of two Maryland State Individual Artist Awards.

Hannah Kim, Falls Church, VA

Hannah Kim earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University and was granted the Cornwell Tradition Fellowship and Cornell Council of the Arts Project Grant in 2007. Her work has been exhibited at Palazzo Lazzarroni, Italy; National Art Gallery of Namibia; McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, Virginia and Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University in New York. Kim’s work is held in numerous public collections in Namibia, and was recently awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts, SOS Grant.

Jessie Lehson, Baltimore, MD

Jessie Lehson holds a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her work has been featured at the Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, VA; Oxford Occasional, Philadelphia, PA; DUMBO Art Center, Brooklyn, NY; Fox Gallery and The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD, and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. She has received numerous honors including the Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship, MICA Rinehart Fellowship and Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Lehson was also a finalist for the 2009 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize.

Greg Minah, Baltimore, MD

Greg Minah’s work has been highlighted in solo and two-person exhibitions at AXD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Gallery Neptune, Bethesda, MD; Red Door Gallery, Richmond, VA and Fusion Gallery, Collingswood, NJ. He graduated from the University of Maryland with Bachelor of Art degrees in English Literature and Studio Art and was awarded the Colonel Wharton Award for Painting. Minah is one of nine artists from around the world selected to take part in the 2008 Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. Additionally, he was a finalist for the 2009 Bethesda Painting Awards.

Leslie Shellow, Baltimore, MD

Leslie Shellow holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Towson University, along with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College. In addition to producing commissioned work, Shellow has shown her work in numerous galleries in Baltimore including Maryland Art Place, Towson University, Gallery ID8 and Vespa; as well as galleries in Delaware, New York, Florida and Indiana. Shellow was selected as a Visual Artist-in-Residence by the Maryland State Arts Council in 2001 and received a $10,000 Graduate Fellowship through Towson University in 2008.

Molly Springfield, Washington, D.C.

Molly Springfield is a third time finalist for The Trawick Prize, and was awarded third place in 2006. She has also been a two-time finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize and was recently awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Springfield’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout the country including solo exhibitions at Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL; Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; Mireille Mosler Ltd., New York, NY and Transformer in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Springfield holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California.

René Treviño, Balitmore

René Treviño’s work has been highlighted group in exhibitions at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Current Gallery and C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, MD; and in solo shows at School 33 and Creative Alliance at The Patterson in Baltimore, MD and Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. He was named Best Local Artist by the Baltimore City Paper and was a finalist for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize in 2006; and, in 2009 was awarded a Creative Baltimore Fund Artist Grant. Treviño holds a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

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