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Guillermo Gomez-Peña Shakes Up Neddy at Cornish Delivering a performance-based talk on “imaginary activism,” iconic artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña attacked barriers at the Frye. Imaginary activism — that’s what Guillermo Gomez-Peña was doing when he lifted the big plastic megaphone to…


EXPO Profile: Visual Artist Reilly Sinanan Senior Reilly Sinanan is an artist searching for a language as he prepares for his part of EXPO’s BFA exhibition. It doesn’t seem possible that Reilly Sinanan (AR ‘14) has not yet graduated.…


iET+i presents Timothy Weaver at the Playhouse Studio Timothy Weaver, a former life scientist, creates immersive, hypnotic work around disappearing habitat and species; iET+I brings him to Cornish to show his most recent projects. Timothy Weaver’s recent interactive installation, live cinema,…


Merit Scholars Exhibit Work Merit Awards and Exhibition 2014: The Art Department’s top students vied for annual Merit Award scholarships; those selected recently exhibited their work in Cornish’s |_ Gallery. To have a chance at having your…


Art Students Interview Art Students Tag, you’re it: plans, triumphs, worries and work on display in art students’ serial interviews, The Relay Series. The subject of one interview becomes the interviewer in the next: it’s an Art Department…


Robert C. Jones Retrospective Open at Cornish CLOSING SOON: With works of “passion, pure vision and immersive color,” Robert C. Jones lights up the Cornish Main Gallery. UPDATE: Don’t miss this important retrospective of a major NW artist closing March…


Gabriela Ayala Stalks Miró A recent Cornish grad, Gabriela Ayala’s internship with SAM has led her to Spain in the footsteps of Joan Miró. It’s what we call “entrepreneurial.” Barely through the door of the Seattle Art…


Darrow Presents Paper on Diderot, Chardin Lovers of art history currently in Chicago: Cornish’s Elizabeth Darrow will be presenting a paper on Diderot and Chardin. Jacque Barzun has said that one can be considered well read without having turned…


Taylor-Iida Collaboration Opens at Wheelhouse Apparent odd couple Lauren Iida and Bradley Taylor prove their new collaboration makes perfect sense, shining a new light on Cambodia. After a look at their separate work, it seems odd that Lauren…


Cable Griffith’s Quest Open at G Gibson Quest, the new exhibition of Cable Griffith’s work, is now open; artist reception on February 6 Maybe you’re familiar with the following sensation. You’ve just watched an intense movie and now you’re leaving…


iET+I Brings Matreyek to Cornish iET+I treats Seattle audiences to the transcendent shadow art of Miwa Matreyek with Myth and Infrastructure, a live performance with projected animation. From the flickering of ancient campfires to the philosophical analogies of…


INCITE•INSIGHT presents Katinka Bock at Henry INCITE•INSIGHT, the Cornish-Henry Gallery partnership, presents German sculptor Katinka Bock the Henry. Katinka Bock, exhibiting artist at the Henry, will speak and meet patrons at INCITE•INSIGHT, Thursday, January 30 at the Henry Galler.…


Cornish Presents National Portfolio Day Mark January 11 on your calendar if you’re a high school student in art and design: it’s the perfect time to meet with art colleges from around the country at National Portfolio Day…


Blick Scholars’ Art on Display Through January 20: the work of six Cornish art students awarded Blick Scholarships is now on display at the Blick Art Materials store on Capitol Hill. Blick Art Materials is a favorite source…


Wearable Art on Display at Core Collection Runway Show High concept meets high fashion in Cornish class project runway show, Core Collection. The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is the new site for what has become a tradition, the art department’s Core…


Cornish Playhouse Invaded by Artists for PlāHaüs Where’s your sense of adventure? It can be found FREE at the Cornish Playhouse on December 8, where the keys have been handed over to students for PlāHaüs. What’s going to happen at…


Alum Ryan Mitchell a “Provocateur to Watch” Theater alum Ryan Mitchell, artistic director of Saint Genet, makes Marina Abramovic’s “10 young provocateurs to watch” in Harper’s Bazaar. If you make Marina Abramovic’s list of up-and-coming performance artists, you’re red-hot: she…


Final Days: Go Now October and November have a LOT going on, and some opportunities may have eluded your gaze; take note of some sweet last-chance ops. Blink and they’re gone: from the Cornish student-curated show Trick…


INCITE•INSIGHT: Lucía Sanromán, the video Our new partnership between Cornish College of the Arts and the Henry Art Gallery continued with Lucía Sanromán on Oct. 24. Her lecture is available in this video. We’ll see you in 2014…


INCITE•INSIGHT:  Harry Dodge, the video Our new partnership between Cornish College of the Arts and the Henry Art Gallery launched Friday, September 27, 2013. The first lecture, with Harriet “Harry” Dodge, is available in this video. Put the…


Lucía Sanromán at INCITE•INSIGHT INCITE·INSIGHT: Contemporary Art After the Studio presents a lecture with Lucía Sanromán, Thursday, October 24. Lucía Sanromán is an independent curator and writer. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Associate Curator at…


Laurie Anderson at Cornish in November Headlining Cornish Celebrates an Evening of the Arts will be Laurie Anderson, one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Every year Cornish’s annual gala, Cornish Celebrates an Evening of the Arts,…


H&S Classes Take Part in Park(ing) Day Students from three Cornish Humanities & Sciences classes create temporary parks on Seattle streets running through campus. On Friday, September 20, for six glorious hours, four brand-new parks appeared in Seattle, based in…


Lindsay Joins Cornish as VP Late of the Columbus College of Art & Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jonathan Lindsay takes the reins as VP of Enrollment Management. As Cornish approaches its centennial…


Award Nominations Galore Cornish and the Cornish community figure heavily on the awards front with multiple nominations for Gregory Awards and Teenys. In the past few weeks, nominations for the Gregory Awards and the Teeny Awards…


A Toast to the Provost A few more things you should know about Cornish’s new provost, Moira Scott Payne Moira Scott Payne brings a resume with some real heft to her new position as provost and vice president…


Recipients of 2013 Neddy At Cornish Awards Announced The Neddy at Cornish is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Neddy at Cornish art awards: Matthew Offenbacher (Painting) and Victoria Haven (Open Medium). Both artists will receive an unrestricted grant…


Sundsten Work at Grover-Thurston Gallery Starting July 11, Creatures opens at the Grover/Thurston Gallery, a showing of the remarkable paintings of Francesca Sundsten. When people talk about an artist’s imagination, they are talking about work like Cornish faculty…


Finalists Named For 2013 “Neddy At Cornish” The Neddy at Cornish is an annual artist award program supported by the Behnke Foundation and housed at Cornish College of the Arts in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke and in celebration…


EXPO Profile: Miles Toland Inspired by the Hindu deity Shiva, Miles Toland wants to put you inside his work, to lull you with low-frequency sound waves and frame you in light.


EXPO Profile: Ross Jimmicum Coming to Cornish steered Makah tribal member Ross Jimmicum (AR ’13) onto a path between two cultures; stories hold it all together and chart a direction.


Cornish Class Takes it to the Street InterArt class takes lessons out into the world to produce a public, site-specific project utilizing crosswalks to explore the body’s perception of disintegrating time.


EXPO Profile: JD Banke JD’s world, and welcome to it: for EXPO 13,  Cornish senior JD Banke is assembling an installation that will offer viewers the experience of walking into the world of his paintings.


EXPO Profile: senior Sydney Brown Warm yet mysterious, Syd Brown’s (AR ‘13) compelling works take you deep into the realm of dreams and consciousness. Her work can be seen in Cornish’s EXPO 13.


Griffith at Frye & Kittredge As Cornish gallery and exhibitions curator, Cable Griffith has overseen the hanging of a lots of artists’ work; his own art has been getting a lot of attention.


EXPO Gets Graphic Boost from Alum Hamlet Along with a new name and mission, Cornish Expo, the popular B.F.A. student exhibition busts out an exciting graphic presentation by Drew Hamlet [DE ’10].


Expo: Popular BFA Show Rebrands, Refocuses Cornish’s annual B.F.A. exhibtion becomes “Expo” with a broad new agenda; but it will continue to introduce the public to talented young artists — like Natalie Friedman.


Wadley, Mack & Madsen Earn Sabbaticals Superior performance and engaging proposals earn Peter Mack, Wade Madsen and Preston Wadley sabbaticals from Cornish to pursue their professional work.


From Fine Art to Historical Preservation Cornish graduates use the skills and knowledge they learn here in many ways; for Crystal Medler [AR ’08], a passion for art led her to preservation work.


Student-Curated Show Opens Open Call, the open show for Cornish art students, used to be a free-for-all refereed by faculty; this year it’s curated — by the students.


Chapin Paintings get NYC Show Aleah Chapin [AR ‘08] won this year’s BP Portrait Award at London’s National Portrait Gallery, so it’s only right she get a NYC show; it’s at Flowers on January 17.


Dickson Paintings on Display Painter Cathy Dickson, at Cornish 1991-92, explores her roots with Track 5 Adele, a showing of her most recent canvases in Bellevue.


National Portfolio Day at Cornish Jan 12 Seattle National Portfolio Day will be at Cornish: local high school artists and designers can offer their portfolios to art schools from around the nation.


Ubben Film Selected for Dance Cinema Cornish senior Jenisa Ubben’s [AR’13] film Branches In the Clouds, a collaboration with dancer Sarah Butler [DA ’12], was featured at Velocity’s “Next Dance Cinema.”


Registration Opens for Summer at Cornish Cornish invites students to spend the summer honing audition and portfolio pieces, making new strides in dance, learning from renowned musicians and diving into theater.


Insight 2012 Magazine Now Online It only happens once a year and now it’s online: Cornish’s magazine, Insight, offers an annual guide to the college that’s both comprehensive and easy-to-use.


Cooley Collection on Window Display The Mary Alice Cooley Collection achieves maximum accessibility thanks to Equity Residential in Downtown Seattle; Cornish student and alumni work shown in storefront window displays.


Dan Webb Sculptures Mark Sealth Trail New landmark for the Chief Sealth Trail: dual Dan Webb [AR ’91] sculptures, Cloud Rider, commissioned by the Seattle Department of Transportation.


Artists to Talk at Cornish Cornish is hosting two talks: Jeffry Mitchell on his work and a panel discussing women artists and the influence of John Berger and Laura Mulvey.


Erik Geschke Enjoys Busy Season This autumn has seen Erik Geschke [AR ’93] lecturing on his art, having pieces on exhibit and even donating a work to be auctioned.


Cornish Prominent in Artist Trust Grants Artist Trust, the well known arts support organization, has announced its 2012 GAP grants; several members of the Cornish community are on the list.


Art Faculty Dawn Cerny - Artist on the Go Dawn Cerny will be found all over the Seattle area this fall, beginning with “The rug pulled out from underneath; you lie on the floor” at the Hedreen Gallery in the Lee Center…


“Swamp Land” in The Closet Gallery Check out “Swamp Land” by Derek Vander Griend (DE ) in The Closet Gallery on the sixth floor of the Main Campus Center, now through October 19. The Closet Gallery is a student…


Heather Dew Oaksen Premieres New Documentary Join director Heather Dew Oaksen (AR faculty), producer Caroline Cumming, and the cast of the feature documentary for the premiere of Minor Differences tonight, Thursday, Oct 11 at 7:30pm at the Northwest African…


Art School Janitors We all know that Cornish teems with creativity and artistry among our students and faculty. That same exuberant talent can be found among the staff, as well. Through the middle of October, you’ve…


Cornish and The Stranger’s Genius Awards Cornish College of the Arts is very proud to be so well represented in The Stranger’s annual Genius Awards. Nominees include Ellen Forney (DE faculty) in Literature, Dan Webb (AR ’91) and Sarah…


Remembering Melvin Strauss, Cornish President 1975-85 Cornish College of the Arts honors the passing of Melvin Strauss, who served as the College’s President from 1975 to 1985. During his tenure, Cornish received accreditation as a college. Mr. Strauss was…


Art Alum Diem Chau Goes Global Art alum Diem Chau is all over the world this fall, from Fashion’s Night Out in New York, to Milan, to Taiwan. She’s also featured in our newest viewbook. On September 6, she…


Cornish and Bumbershoot 2012 In addition to Katie Finn (MU ‘09), AKA Katie Kate, Cornish is represented at Bumbershoot this year by LG Cabaret – JUST Dance by Live Girls! Theater, founded by Meghan Arnette (TH ’97);…


New Exhibition for Alum at Greg Kucera Gallery Dan Webb (AR ’91) has a new exhibition, Destroyer, at Greg Kucera Gallery, Inc. with a “First Thursday” opening reception scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6 to 8 pm. In addition to…


New Student Orientation We’re looking forward to welcoming our new class, beginning August 29. New students will have numerous opportunities to experience and explore Cornish campus life and the surrounding Seattle area. More information, including the…


Arts as a Career: President Uscher on KUOW Cornish President Nancy Uscher was the guest today on KUOW’s The Conversation with Ross Reynolds. Listen to the interview, along with calls from Cornish alums, here.


Art + Design BFA Show 2012 The Cornish BFA Exhibition is the crowning achievement for graduating seniors from Art and Design, announcing their introduction to the community as emerging artists and designers. This much-anticipated exhibit showcases the work of…


“The World, Exposed” with Chris Csikszentmihályi World’s fairs and expositions were once a fantastic venue for industry and governments to assert their visions of the future, but in hindsight they revealed far more about their present.  Each Fair was…


An Alum Making it Big – You Can GiveBig In her final year at the New York Academy of Art, Aleah Chapin (AR ’08) has just been named one of four finalists for the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait…


2012 Cornball The Resident Assistants sought to bring the larger Cornish Community together for a formal dance in a safe environment, with great music, food, and people. Raisbeck Theater was decorated with a mystical summer…


WORD Symposium: Writing in Art History The Art Department at Cornish College of Art presents WORD, the inaugural undergraduate writing symposium in Art History. This event honors and rewards students who successfully express their unique critical and intellectual perspectives…


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