The Amy Award for Emerging Artists

Congratulations to our 2017 recipient, furniture artist Adam Bentz

Adam Bentz

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, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts has named Adam 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.”

Since 2001, the annual cash award has been given to an emerging artist from Bainbridge Island under the age of 35 whose work demonstrates a sense of quality, creativity, exploration, and dedication.

Cinnamon Desk by Adam Bentz.

Cinnamon Desk by Adam Bentz.

This year’s $4,000 cash award is funded by an endowment established by David and Caren Anderson in memory of their late daughter, Amy, who was deeply involved in the visual and performing arts.

Recipients are selected in alternating years by Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and Bainbridge Performing Arts. The award is managed by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.

Adam will be honored at a private reception in May, when his furniture will also be featured in a special display at BAC.

Learn about Adam’s work at

Artist profile courtesy of Currents Magazine, a publication of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.

Past BAC recipients

2015: Wes McClain

2013: Raquel Stanek

2011: Annie Huntley

2009: Jonathan Hallet

2007: Gregory Glynn

2005: Tracy Lang

2002: Solia Hermes



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Cinnamon Table (detail). Artist Adam Bentz. Images courtesy of the artist.