Paine Scholarship

Established in 1999 by the Boston Art Dealers Association, The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship is designed to support students who are entering their final year in studio art programs at colleges in the city of Boston. As young artists conclude their undergraduate studies, the Boston Art Dealers Association (BADA) would like to extend financial assistance in order to support their commitment to the making of art.

The scholarship is established in memory of Stephen D. Paine, who died in the fall of 1997 at the age of 65. Stephen was passionate about the visual arts and dedicated to supporting arts education through his involvement with numerous Boston-area institutions. In his capacity as a founding partner at Wellington Management in Boston, he formed an extensive corporate art collection that includes the work of scores of artists with ties to Boston. With his wife Susan W. Paine, he built an impressive private collection, supporting the work of both emerging and established artists. Together, these collections stand among the most important in the Boston area. Stephen was a friend and ally to artists, students and art professionals.

BADA is honored to celebrate his life and his passion through this scholarship. To be eligible, an applicant must be found eligible for financial aid by the school. Applicants must be entering their final year in a studio art program or studio art major and may be working in any visual art medium. It is expected that available funds will permit two (2) scholarships of $4,000 to be awarded in 2018 in the form of cash grants to the recipients. Up to four (4) prizes of $1,000 will also be awarded as honorable mentions.

Applications should be submitted online at  by June 15, 2019 at 12:00 am. The jurying process is managed by the Boston Foundation. Applications will be reviewed anonymously by a juror who will be encouraged to make awards based on the recognition of talent and of the promise for making important work in the future. Awards are announced in September. The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship was established in conjunction with the yearlong project 1999: Celebrating Boston's Artists.

Deadline for submissions is JUNE 15, 2019. 
Jury process is handled by the Boston Foundation.

The online application can be found at .

Benefactors, Patrons, Supporters & Contributors

Participating Schools:

Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Boston College
Boston University
Massachusetts College of Art
New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
Northeastern University
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University
Simmons College
UMass Boston

Past Jurors:

2018 Sarah Montross, Curator, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
2017  Judith Dolkart, Mary Stripp & R. Crosby Kemper Director, Addison Gallery of American Art
2016  Mary Tinti, then Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum
2015  Christopher Bedford,then Director, Rose Art Museum
2014  Jennifer Gross, then Chief Curator, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
2013  Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense, Peabody Essex Museum
2012  Al Miner, then Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2011  Dina Deitsch, then Curator of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
2010  Katherine French, then Director, Danforth Art
2009  Edward Saywell, Chair, Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2008  Bill Arning, then Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center
2007  Anne Hawley, Director and Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
2006  Ted Stebbins, Curator of American Artr and Virginia Anderson, then Assistant Curator of American Art, Fogg Art Museum
2005  William Stover, then Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2004  Jill Medvedow, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2003  Joe Ketner, then Director, Rose Art Museum
2002  Nick Capasso, then Curator, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
2001  Linda Shearer, then Director, Williams College Museum of Art
2000  Joe Thompson, Director, MASS MoCA


An evening to celebrate the recipients of the 18th annual Stephen D. Paine Scholarship

6:30 - 9:00

Hors d'oeuvres by Mei Mei Restaurant
Music by DJ Raliegh Fingers

85 W. Newton Street
Boston, MA  02118

For more information, call Andrea Dabrila at 617-267-9060