Adam Bentz, 2017 Amy Award Winner

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Adam Bentz is the recipient of the 16th annual Amy Award for Emerging Artists.

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 Bentz the recipient of the 2017 Amy Award for Emerging Artists.

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. The 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.

Cinnamon Desk by Adam Bentz

Bentz was honored at a private reception on May 9, and his furniture will also be featured in a special display at BAC throughout May. Learn about Adam’s work at