Scholarships & Awards

The Art Project has a proud history of supporting artists at all stages of their careers, beginning with kids. We award scholarships and cash prizes to student artists and showcase two student exhibitions each May. We provide grants to teachers to supplement their art supply and programming budgets. And each year, we recognize an exceptional artist under with age of 35 with the Amy Award for Emerging Artists. Learn more below!


The Amy Award for Emerging Artists

In 2001, David and Caren Anderson established the Amy Award for Emerging Artists in memory of their late daughter, Amy, who was deeply involved in the arts. This $4,000 cash award is given in alternating years by Bainbridge Performing Arts and The Art Project to an exceptional visual or performing artist from Bainbridge Island under the age of 35.

Congratulations to our 2017 recipient, furniture artist Adam Bentz

Adam Bentz has pursued fine woodworking for half his life, yet he believes he’s only scratched the surface. “As I like to say, a very light scratch,” Bentz said.

Since building his first walnut coffee table as a high school student on Bainbridge Island, the Seattle-based furniture artist has demonstrated unwavering focus on twin goals: design excellence and impeccable craftsmanship.

In recognition of his talent, his hard work, and his potential, Adam was named the recipient of the 2017 Amy Award for Emerging Artists.

“Adam’s work is striking and beautifully constructed,” BAC Executive Director Lindsay Masters said. “But his dedication is equally impressive. He is a professional artist who is committed to learning, who values the wisdom of his mentors, and who is constantly striving to improve his craft. This is what the Amy Award is all about.”

Learn about Adam’s work at


Student Scholarships

Each year The Art Project awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their study of art. Submissions are judged by volunteer professional artists who are represented by The Art Project. Their decisions are made on the basis of mastery of medium, creativity, presentation, and a compelling written application.

Pauli Family Scholarship

Longtime Bainbridge Islanders Jani and Bill Pauli are passionate supporters of education and the arts. Their own children attended school on the island, and they strongly believe in the power of art to enrich and improve young lives. In this spirit, they established the Pauli Family Scholarship in 2007. This $2,000 scholarship is given each year to a student who demonstrates excellence in one or more mediums.

Pauli & George Dennis Scholarship

In 2015, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts had the great honor of presenting work by the late George W. Dennis, whose wife, Pauli Dennis, was one of our founding members. Thanks to the generosity of the Dennis family, the gallery used proceeds from the sales of George’s work to establish the Pauli and George Dennis Scholarship fund. This $1,000 scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates excellence in one or more mediums.

Rosalyn Gale Powell Scholarship

In 1971, well-known artist and longtime gallery supporter Rosalyn Gale Powell established a college scholarship fund to give young artists a leg up in their art studies. She maintained the fund for many years by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her work. Today, The Art Project maintains Rosalyn’s legacy through the continuation of her scholarship, awarded each year in the amount of $1,000 to a student who demonstrates excellence in one artistic medium.

Sally Robison Memorial Scholarship

Details are soon to be announced for this brand new scholarship. Proceeds from the sales of works by Sally Robison will fund this opportunity. To view the works available for purchase, please view the catalog here.

High School Art Fair Awards

The annual Spring Art Fair offers a chance for High School students to showcase their talent. The Art Project provides approximately $1,200 in awards each year in a variety of categories to encourage, motivate, and inspire continued interest and achievement in artistic endeavors.


Student Shows

Here at The Art Project, we celebrate student art, and we believe that kids benefit from being able to display their work to the public in a professional gallery setting. Each May, you’ll find our gallery walls awash with student art that is hand-picked by their teachers to showcase the projects they’ve been working on together all year. 

Elementary and middle schools show at The Art Project in alternating years, while high schools are featured each year. In addition to having the chance to show and sell their work in a real gallery environment, high school students are given special awards in a variety of categories, thanks to a benevolent, anonymous donor.


Teacher Grants

In that same spirit of encouraging student art, we help your local school teachers procure the extra supplies and programming they need to light that creative fire in their emerging artists. Continuing a longstanding tradition, last year we gave $3,300 to K-12 art teachers!