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Exhibition Highlights MICA-Affiliated Trawick Prize, Bethesda Painting Award Honorees May 30-June 21

Works in College’s Meyerhoff Gallery Represent Diverse Interpretations of Concept, Form

Posted 05.26.09 by MICA Media Relations

Cara Ober ’05, I Am Who I Pretend to Be.

BALTIMORE-MICA's Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the MICA Alumni Association present the work of 16 MICA students, faculty, and alumni who have excelled in competition for the notable Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards and the Bethesda Painting Award in an exhibition that takes place Saturday, May 30-Sunday, June 21 in the College's Meyerhoff Gallery of Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.

MICA-Affiliated Trawick Prize and Bethesda Painting Award Honorees, 2006-2008 features MICA artists who, through their innovative work in a broad range of media, genre, and aesthetic statement, define a collective force in regional and international venues for exhibition and discourse for the visual arts.

Bethesda Painting Award honoree Cara Ober '05 layers drawing, painting, text, and printmaking into mixed media works that examine and reinterpret sentimental imagery. Young Artist Award recipient Ryan Browning '08 translates an imagination of an alternate history of the earth, in which images and virtual landscapes commingle with geological processes. Painter Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann '09 articulates space with an organic sensitivity united by an illuminating palette of lush forms "that grow and breathe but also become overwhelmed with their own excess." Youngmi Song Organ '02, a Trawick Prize Award 2008 finalist, meticulously incorporates the use of human hair into geometric drawings.

MICA Rinehart School of Art alumni Laura Amussen '06, Christopher Bathgate '98, and Judy Stone '09 work in brass, wire mesh, acrylic, copper, stainless steel, and a range of materials that are content-reflective. Bethesda Painting Award honorees James Rieck '87, '03, faculty Bill Schmidt '71, faculty Phyllis Plattner, Andrew Wodzianski '02; and faculty Jo Smail, first place Trawick Prize Award winner for 2007, are painters who have refined the relationship with their medium and style.

The paintings, drawings and installations of Trawick Prize Award 2008 semi-finalists Melissa Dickenson '02, Lillian Bayley Hoover '05, and Magnolia Laurie '07 skillfully examine alternate treatments of space. Molly Springfield '00, also a Trawick Prize Award 2008 semi-finalist, continues to develop a compelling project series of drawings and installations based on text.

MICA's galleries are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Cara Ober '05, I Am Who I Pretend to Be.

About the Trawick and Bethesda Painting Award Prizes:

Established by Carol Trawick in 2003, The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is an annual juried art competition awarding $14,000 in prize monies to four selected artists. The first place winner is awarded $10,000; second place is honored with $2,000, and third place is awarded $1,000. A "young" artist whose birth date is after April 20, 1979 is also awarded a $1,000 prize. Ms. Trawick has served as a community activist for more than 25 years in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. She is the Chair of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Past Chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and founder of The Bethesda Painting Awards.

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



Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Gallery of Artwork from this Exhibition

Exhibition Artists:

Laura Amussen-MFA, MICA, Rinehart School of Sculpture, '06

Trawick Prize Award, 2008, Semi-Finalist

Christopher Bathgate--MICA Merit Scholar, '98

Trawick Prize Award, 2008, Semi-Finalist

Ryan Browning-MFA, MICA, Mount Royal School of Art, '08

Trawick Prize Award, 2008 Young Artist Award

Melissa Dickenson-BFA, MICA, '02

Trawick Prize Award, 2008, Semi-Finalist

Bethesda Painting Award, 2009, Semi-Finalist

Lillian Bayley Hoover-MFA, MICA, Mount Royal School of Art, '05

Bethesda Painting Award, 2008, 2009 Finalist

Magnolia Laurie-MFA, MICA, Mount Royal School of Art, '07

Trawick Prize Award, 2008, Semi-Finalist

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann-MFA, MICA, Hoffberger School of Art, '09

Bethesda Painting Award, 2008, 2009 Finalist

Cara Ober-MFA, MICA, Studio Arts, '05

Bethesda Painting Award, 2008, Second Place

Youngmi Song Organ-MFA, MICA, '02 Mount Royal School of Art

Trawick Prize Award, 2008, Finalist

Phyllis Plattner-MICA Faculty

Bethesda Painting Award Finalist 2006, 2007

James Rieck-MFA, MICA, Mount Royal School of Art,'03, BFA, '87

Trawick Prize 2006, First Place

Bethesda Painting Award 2006, Second Place

Bill Schmidt-MFA, MICA, Hoffberger School of Painting, '71

Bethesda Painting Award, 2008, Finalist

Jo Smail-MICA Faculty

Trawick Prize Award, 2007, First Place

Molly Springfield-MICA Post Baccalaureate Certificate, '00

Trawick Prize Award, 2006, Third Place; 2008, Finalist

Judy Stone--MFA, MICA, Rinehart School of Sculpture, '09

Trawick Prize Award, 2007, Semi-Finalist

Andrew Wodzianski-MFA, MICA, Hoffberger School of Painting, '02

Bethesda Painting Award 2005 and 2006, Finalist