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 2014 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 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm. 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 MAY 30, 2014.
Jury process is handled by the Boston Foundation.

The online application can be found at

Benefactors, Patrons, Supporters & Contributors

Participating Scholls:

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
Simmons College
UMass Boston

Past Jurors:

2016 Mary Tinti, Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum
2015 Christopher Bedford, Director, Rose Art Museum
2014 Jennifer Gross, Chief Curator, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
2013 Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art, Peabody Essex Museum
2012 Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2011 Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
2010 Katherine French, 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