Bettie Award


2020 Bettie Award Winners

Congratulations to the students listed below who have been selected as winners in this year’s Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine Award for Young Artists program! The artists’ entries will be included in the Bettie Award Finalists Exhibition, open March 7-April 24 at the Delaplaine. The 2020 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from among these finalists by a panel of judges and will receive a $1,000 prize at an award presentation on Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 pm. The remaining winners each will be awarded $100. All are invited and encouraged to attend the presentation, view the artworks, and meet the artists!

Megan BaerCotard Delusion, mixed media

Isabelle BurdgeThe Creature from My Dream, clay/mixed media

Sarah BurrierAmelia Pet Portrait, oil pastels

Asher BurrowsReset, photography/collage

Susanna CoddRailroad Tracks, watercolor/ink

Alexandra DeanEndangered Proboscis Monkey, stoneware

Anthony EvansSilver Girl, photography

William KeithRisk, graphic design

Emma LiuSelf-Portrait, graphite on paper

Nicole MartinezRegal, scratchboard

Andy MedinaCoastal Cave, ceramics/mixed media

Emma WilkinsonThe Garden of Eden, oil on canvas

Lucy XieFollowing Spring, colored pencil


The Peoples Choice Award

Visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite work of art from among the Bettie Award finalists 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.

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 Award 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 Award 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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