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Mount Royal School of Art Alumnus Rene Trevino '05 Wins 2009 Trawick Prize

$10,000 Visual Arts Award Recognizes Baltimore-Based Artist; Jessie Lehson '02 '08 Takes Third

Posted 09.03.09 by MICA Media Relations

Artwork by Rene Trevino '05.


BETHESDA, Md.--MICA alumnus René Treviño '05 (Mount Royal School of Art) on Sept. 2 was awarded "Best in Show" for the seventh annual Trawick Prize, taking home $10,000. MICA alumna Jessie Lehson '02 (general fine arts) '08 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) was bestowed with third place and $1,000.

The Trawick Prize was established by Carol Trawick in 2003 to honor the work of regional artists. This year's entries were juried by Doreen Bolger, director of The Baltimore Museum of Art; Kevin Everson, associate professor at the University of Virginia; and Joanna Marsh, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Artwork by Treviño, Lehson and five other finalists, including alumnae Laure Drogoul '81 (Rinehart School of Sculpture) and Leslie Shellow '99 (general fine arts), is featured in The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, an annual exhibition produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. It is on view now through Oct. 3 at the Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E., in Bethesda. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

A public reception for the Trawick Prize winners takes place Friday, Sept. 11, 6-9 p.m. in conjunction with the Bethesda Art Walk.

For more information about the prize or exhibition, call the Bethesda Art & Entertainment District office at 301-215-6660.

For more information about MICA's outstanding alumni and programs, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Rene Trevino '05, Propaganda Series, acrylic, mixed media, hand painted on Mylar, 2005-ongoing.

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.