Bainbridge Museum Starts Arts Award with Bookish Overtones

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has started a new unrestricted award of $15,000 for artists in the Puget Sound region. In its inaugural year, four BRAVA Awards (BIMA Recognizes Achievement in the Visual Arts) will be awarded.

The four categories for 2023 will be emerging artist, artist’s book artist, Native American and First Nations artist, and children’s book illustrator. Applications are now being taken for all four categories.

Each of the four BRAVA awardees will receive an unrestricted award of $15,000. In addition to the cash prize, the recipient of each award receives recognition from BIMA, invitations to participate in events related to the awards, and an invitation to serve on the review panel for the next biennial award.

Online submissions will be accepted via CaFÉ through May 1, 2023. Artists may submit up to 12 images, and one (1) video, with a maximum of 12 works total. Applicants will be notified of the selected award winners by August 1, 2023. Awards will be presented in person at a special awards event on Saturday, September 23, 2023. For further information including fees, see