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Now Open: 2014 Neddy at Cornish Call for Applications

Now Open: 2014 Neddy at Cornish Call for Applications

: 2013 Neddy at Cornish exhibition, Cornish Main Gallery. Photo by Cable Griffith.

The call for applications is now open for the Neddy at Cornish, the annual artist award program founded in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke.

This year, two area artists will each be awarded $25,000, money available to support their work given in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke as the Neddy at Cornish awards. The call for applications is now open for these important awards.

Each year, the two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given, one in painting and another in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts. The awards are open to any artist living and working in the greater Puget Sound region. In addition to the two large awards, six finalists will receive $1,500, for a total of eight recipients. All eight artists will be included in a group exhibition in September 2014.

Interested artists must get their applications in by April 20, 2014. Application guidelines and the link to the application form are available at this address.  Questions regarding the Neddy at Cornish program, may be directed to Ellen Ito, Neddy at Cornish Program Assistant at 206-726-5116 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Applications are being accepted exclusively via CallForEntry.com.

The Neddy at Cornish is an annual artist award program supported by the Behnke Foundation in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke and in celebration of his life as an artist. Founded in 1996, the Neddy honors both his legacy as a visual artist and his deep connection to the Seattle art community.

About Ned Behnke and the Neddy

Ned Behnke was a beloved member of the Behnke Family and a renowned and talented painter. Ned had a passion for the arts that extended beyond his own work. He appreciated the myriad forms that art takes and the way in which art can foster a conscious, vital and more livable world.

After Ned’s untimely death, Shari D. Behnke founded the Neddy in 1996 as a way to honor both his legacy as a visual artist and his deep connection to the Seattle art community. Under the auspices of the Behnke Foundation, the Neddy has become one of the most important art awards in Seattle. The artists who have been recognized have a unique vision and a strong passion for their art as well as for the transformative potential of art to enliven and enrich the world in which they live and practice.

In 2011, the Behnke Foundation transferred the program to Cornish College of the Arts to house and administer the Neddy at Cornish artist award program. Building on the history Ned shared with the College and on the shared commitment of the Foundation and the College to invigorate and sustain communities through art, the Neddy at Cornish program will continue to make two substantial and unrestricted awards to Seattle artists each year. To assist the College, an advisory board of regional arts professionals will offer their external perspective and expertise.


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