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The Neddy at Cornish Presents “Make Out Tree” in Alumni Gallery

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The Neddy at Cornish is proud to present new work from 2012 Neddy Award recipients Eirik Johnson and Stacey Rozich in a collaborative exhibition, Make Out Tree, exhibited in the Alumni Gallery. The opening date honors the birthday of Neddy Award namesake, Robert E. (Ned) Behnke, (1948-1989), and marks the beginning of the 17th year of the Neddy Award.

The Neddy at Cornish Presents
Make Out Tree
Jun. 3 – Aug. 16
Opening Reception: Mon., Jun. 3, 5 – 7 pm. Free and open to the public.
Cornish Alumni Gallery, 1000 Lenora St, 3rd floor

Stacey Rozich creates a dialogue in her paintings to illustrate how cultural folktales affect and manifest themselves in contemporary society. Stacey studied illustration at California College of the Arts as well as design at Seattle Central Creative Academy and has shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Milwaukee and Berlin.

Seattle-based photographer and mixed-media artist Eirik Johnson addresses the intersections of environmental, social and economic issues, which reflect connections between communities and the surrounding natural world. Johnson has exhibited his work at spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Aperture Foundation in New York. He has received numerous awards including the 2012 Neddy at Cornish Award in Open Medium, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2009, the Santa Fe Prize in 2005, and a William J. Fulbright Grant to Peru in 2000.
More information about the 2012 recipients can be found on their websites:

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.

The 2013 Neddy at Cornish awards will be announced in late August or early September.

For additional information regarding the Neddy at Cornish program, contact Ellen Ito, Neddy at Cornish Program Assistant at 206.726.5116 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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