Bettie Awards

The 2018 Bettie Awards

Application Guidelines

Artists residing or attending school in Frederick County, Maryland born between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2004 are invited to apply for this award. There is no application fee.

Applications must be submitted via email on or before February 1, 2018. Teachers: PLEASE encourage your students to complete the submission on their own.

Submitted artwork:

  • Must have been created by the applicant within the past year.
  • Must not measure more than 5ft in any direction.
  • Can be in any medium.

IMPORTANT: Artists who are selected as finalists are required to properly prepare their artwork for exhibit installation. Judges consider presentation an important factor when selecting the grand prize, and will not award the prize to artwork that is incomplete or poorly presented, regardless of its artistic merit.

Application process:

  • Email one JPEG on or before Feb. 1, 2018 to
  • JPEG must be no larger than 3MB.
  • JPEG must be labeled with the artist’s last name.
  • Email must also include, in this order: artist’s full name; birthdate; mailing address; name of school; artwork title and media; and dimensions in inches (approximate).
  • Only one submission per artist will be accepted.

Guidelines and dates are subject to change. For updated information refer back to this webpage.

Selection and Awards

Bettie Award judges will select finalists based on the following criteria:
• Originality
• Composition
• Success in communicating its message
• Creativity
• Presentation (second round judging)

A first round jury of Delaplaine Arts Center instructors will review the email submissions and select 10 artists, to be named “Bettie Award Finalists.” Selected artworks must be delivered to the Delaplaine for an exhibit that will take place March 3 – 31, 2018.

A separate, second-round jury of Delaplaine instructors will select one artwork from among the 10 finalists, to be named “The 2018 Bettie Award Winner.” The Bettie Award Winner will receive $1,000. The other nine finalists will each receive $100. All finalists are expected to attend the award presentation and exhibit reception on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The award winner will be featured in an article in the summer 2018 issue of Delaplaine Arts magazine, distributed throughout the region.

Visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite work of art from among the Bettie Award Finalists on exhibit during the month of March. The artwork that receives the most votes will be named “The 2018 Bettie Award People’s Choice Winner,” and that artist will receive $250 at the conclusion 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 Arts 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 click here: 2018 Bettie Award Application Guidelines

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