Congratulations to BAC’s 2017 scholarship winners!


As springtime unfolds and students everywhere are dreaming of summer, many graduating high school seniors are dreaming of heading off to college. For some, studying art will be a big part of that journey.  BAC is proud to lend support by awarding three separate scholarships each year to seniors who plan to continue their art studies.

We’re pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship recipients: Matthew Derry, Pauli Family Scholarship ($2,000); Maya Nathan, Rosalyn Gale Powell Scholarship ($1,000); Lily Forsher, Pauli and George Dennis Scholarship ($1,000).

Art by Maya Nathan. Gallery photo.

Scholarship submissions are judged by volunteer professional artists representing Bainbridge Arts & Crafts. Their decisions are made on the basis of mastery of medium, creativity, presentation, and essay. This year’s judges Elizabeth VanDuine and Carolyn Terry did not have it easy, as they reviewed portfolios and essays of 12 diverse, exceedingly talented applicants.

Said one of the judges of Matthew Derry’s work, “(He has) mastered some techniques that many adults will never come close to mastering.”

Art by Matthew Derry. Gallery photo.

Another comment, on Maya Nathan’s work: “You are clearly intelligent and witty – it shows both in your lovely illustrations and prose.”

And on the work of Lily Forsher, “I am especially drawn to the faces because they are amazingly expressive…”

In a world where studying art is sometimes considered frivolous, receiving an art scholarship can be a powerful affirmation for young people who want to further their creative development—whether as a career path or as a piece of a bigger picture.

Art by Lily Forsher. Gallery photo.


Anneke Karreman, recipient of last year’s Pauli & George Dennis Scholarship, shared the impact the award has made on her.

“This year has definitely been life changing for me and I have learned a lot. I would like to combine art and creative thinking with the social sciences, and social justice, with an inkling to work with nonprofits. I greatly value how creativity is a huge part of my thought process, and will continue to value the positive impact my experience in art has had on my life.”

This year’s scholarship recipients will be recognized at Senior Awards Night on June 10 at Bainbridge High School. BAC offers heartfelt thanks to the Pauli Family, the Dennis family, and to the Rosalyn Gale Powell Scholarship benefactors for their enduring gifts.

For more information on BAC art scholarships, click here.