Bettie Awards


2020 Bettie Award Winners

And the 2020 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner is…

Isabelle Burdge (Urbana High School) • The Creature from My Dream, clay/mixed media

Isabelle Burdge, 2020 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner; Rena Larkin, Frederick County Art Association President; and Catherine Moreland, Delaplaine CEO

Congratulations to all the students who were selected as winners in this year’s Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine Award for Young Artists program:

Megan Baer (Linganore High School) • Cotard Delusion, mixed media

Sarah Burrier (Catoctin High School) • Amelia Pet Portrait, oil pastels

Asher Burrows (Homeschool) • Reset, photography/collage

Susanna Codd (Linganore High School) • Railroad Tracks, watercolor/ink

Alexandra Dean (Oakdale High School) • Endangered Proboscis Monkey, stoneware

Anthony Evans (Thomas Johnson High School) • Silver Girl, photography

William Keith (Walkersville High School) • Risk, graphic design

Emma Liu (Urbana High School) • Self-Portrait, graphite on paper

Nicole Martinez (Urbana High School) • Regal, scratchboard

Andy Medina (Urbana High School) • Coastal Cave, ceramics/mixed media

Emma Wilkinson (Middletown High School) • The Garden of Eden, oil on canvas

Lucy Xie (Tuscarora High School) • Following Spring, colored pencil


The Peoples Choice Award

Visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite work of art from among the Bettie Award winners throughout the duration of the exhibition. The artwork that receives the most votes will be named the 2020 People’s Choice Award Winner. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive $250. Vote for your favorite artwork here.

Important Dates for Finalists

February 27, 2020 • Deadline for artwork to be delivered to the Delaplaine
March 7, 2020 • Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner announced at the Delaplaine at 2:30 p.m. (artists must attend)
April 24, 2020 • Last day to vote for People’s Choice
April 27-May 3, 2020 • Artwork pick-up

About the Bettie Awards Program

Bettie Delaplaine was a lifelong supporter of the arts in Frederick County, Maryland. Her strong belief in the importance of the arts in our community, and the importance of supporting young emerging artists, inspired The Delaplaine Arts Center to create the Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine Award for Young Artists in her honor. The award program is an annual event run in March, nationally recognized as Youth Art Month.

The program has several goals:

  • To help young artists gain experience in submitting their own artwork for review and exhibition.
  • To provide an experience of having their artwork judged and understand the importance of presentation.
  • To provide an accomplishment that can be added to college, art school, or professional applications.

Prize money for the Bettie Award is sponsored in part by a generous gift from the Frederick County Art Association.


Past Grand Prize Winners

2019 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner
Colleen Avila • American Boy, oil on canvas

2018 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner
Caleb Spencer • Self Portrait, photography

2017 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner
Maggie Kirkpatrick • The Search, photography

2016 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner
Megan Werner • Rockstar Energy, sculpture

2015 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner
Kate Kinley • To Find the Meaning of It, photography

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