Scholarships & Awards

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts 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!

Natalie Godfrey

Natalie Godfrey

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 Bainbridge Arts and Crafts to an exceptional visual or performing artist from Bainbridge Island under the age of 35.


 “When we saw Natalie’s work, it was an easy decision,” said Steve Tremble, executive director of Bainbridge Arts & Crafts. “The work she is doing, the manner in which she articulates that work, and her commitment are as close as one can be in meeting both the intent and spirit of the award.”

 “I am so honored to have been thought of and chosen for this award,” Godfrey said.

“I had no idea that I had been nominated and it was truly a surprise when I received the call,” she added. “It comes at a time where I’m at one of many crossroads, at that junction of where do I find the time and energy to pursue my practice. The generous monetary gift will and has already allowed me to find the space to give me just that — time and energy.

“To me, though, the award is so much more than monetary — it’s an affirmation of my practice, the devotion I give to it, and the objects I put out into the world,” Godfrey said.


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Recent Recipients:
2018: Keiko Green:  
2017: Adam Bentz:


Student Scholarships

Each year Bainbridge Arts and Crafts 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 Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. 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.

Recent Recipients:
2018: Adda Amelang
2017: Matthew Derry:

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.

Recent Recipients:
2018: Iris Dahl
2017: Lily Forsher:

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, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts 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.

Recent Recipients:
2018: Acacia Fowler
2017: Maya Nathan

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. Bainbridge Arts and Crafts 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 Bainbridge Arts and Crafts 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. 

Elementary and middle schools show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts in alternating years, while high schools are featured each year. In addition to having the chance to show their work in a gallery environment, high school students are given special awards in a variety of categories, thanks to an 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.