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Bettie Awards

The 2017 Bettie Award Grand Prize Winner

Maggie Kirkpatrick
Conowingo Rising Sun Christian School
The Search
digital photography

The 2017 Bettie Award Finalists

Isabelle Bartolomeo
Tuscarora High School
colored pencil

Isabel Castle
Frederick High School
Self Contentment
oil on canvas 

Lily Chalkley
Frederick High School
Three Figures
paint and white charcoal

Allison Eckloff
Linganore High School

Elise Fenstermacher
Linganore High School
Intrepidity Bordering Upon Rashness
oil pastel

Anna McClatchie
Walkersville High School
Afternoon in Nantucket
acrylic painting

Amelia Scherer
Saint John’s Catholic Prep
pen and ink

Emily Tang
Frederick High School

Kelsey Wiegand
Linganore High School
Don’t Speak


Contest Detail Information

Artists residing or attending school in Frederick County who were born between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 2003 were invited to apply for this award. There was no application fee.


  • Must have been created by the applicant within the past year.
  • Can be in any medium
  • Must not measure more than 5 feet in any direction
  • If accepted for the exhibit, artwork must adequately prepared for exhibition and judging. Judges consider presentation an important factor when selecting the grand prize winner.

A jury of Delaplaine Arts Center instructors reviewed the submissions and selected 10 works of art for the exhibit at the Delaplaine March 4 – 26, 2017.

A separate jury of Delaplaine instructors selected one work of art from among the 10 finalists. The winning artist was named “The 2017 Bettie Award Winner” and was awarded $1,000. The nine remaining artists each received $100 awards.

Visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite work of art from among the Bettie Award Finalists while the exhibit is on view. The artwork that receives the most votes will be named “The 2017 Bettie Award People’s Choice Winner.” The winning artist will be awarded $250 at the end of the exhibit.


Bettie Gold copy

Bettie Award Information

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, have inspired The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center to create the Elizabeth Barker Delaplaine Award for Young Artists in her honor. The award program will be an annual event run in March, nationally recognized as Youth Art Month.

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

To download a PDF of the brochure click here: 2017 Bettie Brochure

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