Congratulations to our 2020 Winner:
Dylan Arnold

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) and Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) are pleased to announce Dylan Arnold as the recipient of the 19th annual Amy Award for emerging artists.

Arnold is a stage actor who spent his formative years enrolled in almost every theatre class, and appeared in numerous main stage productions at BPA.  After graduating high school at Idyllwild Arts Academy and then attending the University of North Carolina School for the Arts where he earned a BFA in drama, Arnold is now a working actor in L.A.  Some of his film & TV credits include: Laggies; the ABC miniseries, When We Rise; Mudbound; S.W.A.T.; Halloween & Halloween Kills; Nashville; The Purge TV series; The After Series; and Hulu’s Into the Dark. He also appeared on stage in Good Boys at the Pasadena Playhouse.

“Dylan’s selection was enthusiastic and unanimous,” said Dominique Cantwell, Executive Director of Bainbridge Performing Arts. “His growth from humble “Tail Feather” in his first student production on our stage to blockbuster movies and world-class theatre serves as inspiration to every one of us at BPA. His professional feats are marvelous on their own, but the humility with which he has achieved them is what truly qualifies him for the Amy Award.”

Since 2001, the Amy Award has been awarded annually to a current or former Bainbridge Islander under the age of 35 whose work exhibits a sense of quality, creativity, exploration, and dedication. BPA and Bainbridge Arts and Crafts (BAC) select the recipient in alternate years, with the endowment fund managed by AHB.

The winner receives a cash award funded by the endowment established by David and Caren Anderson in memory of their daughter, Amy, who as a young person was deeply involved in the visual and performing arts on Bainbridge.

“I was thrilled to find out I was the selection for this year’s Amy Award,” said Arnold.  “BPA was always like a second home to me, so this really means a lot.” 

Traditionally, Arnold would have been presented with the award at a private ceremony in May. Due to the pandemic, his award will be celebrated next year, in a joint ceremony with the BAC’s recipient.  Learn more about his work on IMBd.

Amy Award Winners

The Amy Award

The Amy Award is a wonderful and giving way to bring awareness to the importance of support to the arts. I hope, as Bainbridge Island grows and grows, we will all continue to remember that we can all make a difference. I cannot thank the Anderson family, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and the Bainbridge Island community enough for their support!” – 2012 Amy Award winner Jherek Bischoff

The Amy Award is presented to a young adult under the age of 35, who is or has been an island resident, has compiled a body of work in the visual or performing arts, and whose work demonstrates a sense of quality, creativity, exploration and dedication. The Amy Award has been presented since 2001 to talented young artists who have continued to work in their chosen field including theater, dance, film, music, printmaking, jewelry making, mosaics, sculpture and photography.
The Amy Award is funded by an endowment established by David and Caren Anderson in memory of their daughter Amy. Amy Anderson was involved in the visual and performing arts and is remembered by many people today as a gifted young woman of great promise. The Amy Award is presented in her honor to provide encouragement and support to other young artists in our community.
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge manages the award program, and the honoree is chosen in alternate years by Bainbridge Performing Arts and The Art Project (formerly Bainbridge Arts & Crafts). The Amy Award winner is honored at a ceremony in late May and receives an unrestricted $4,000 cash award.