Tuesday, February 10, 2009


The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently accepting applications for the fifth annual Bethesda Painting Awards, a juried competition honoring four selected painters with $14,000 in prize monies.

Deadline for slide submission is Friday, February 20, 2009.
Up to eight finalists will be invited to display their work
from June 3 – July 4, 2009
in downtown Bethesda at the Fraser Gallery.

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 February 20, 1979 may also be awarded $1,000.

Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. All original 2-D painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, encaustic and mixed media will be accepted. The maximum dimension should not exceed 60 inches in width or 84 inches in height. No reproductions. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Digital entries on CD will be accepted.

Each artist must submit five slides, application and a non-refundable entry fee of $25.

Applications are available online at www.bethesda.org or please call 301/215-6660. You may also send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bethesda Painting Awards, c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For More Contact:
Carly Meyers
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc.
Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District
Tel: 301/215-6660, Ext. 17

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