Neddy Artist Awards
Cornish College of the Arts prepares its students to contribute to society as artists, citizens and innovators. The Neddy Artist Awards are a beacon of this mission. The Neddy Artist Awards are among the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual gifts of $25,000, and six awards of $1,500, to artists living and working in the Puget Sound region.
2015 Neddy Artist Awards
Matt Browning, 2015 Neddy Artist Awards Awardee in Painting
Matt Browning graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 (BFA) and his first solo show, Home Field Advantage in 2009, was called “one of the most promising debuts by a Seattle artist in a long time” (Jen Graves, The Stranger). In 2010, he was selected to launch the Seattle University Visual Artist in Residence (SUVAIR) program. Recent exhibitions include the University of Washington, Frye Art Museum, and Western Bridge, Seattle. In addition to his practice, Browning has taught material studies and art history to non-traditional adult learners through the organization Path With Art. With Jessica Powers, he collaborates as TARL.
Wynne Greenwood, 2015 Neddy Artist Awards Awardee in Open Medium
Wynne Greenwood is a queer feminist artist who works with video, performance, music and object-making to practice culture-healing. Her work has been included in performances and exhibitions at independent and institutional spaces internationally, including the Tate Modern, Whitney Biennial, The Kitchen, and On the Boards. From 1999 to 2006, Greenwood performed the multimedia art-band Tracy + the Plastics. Upon ending the project, Greenwood shifted her focus to installation and object-based work, exhibiting with Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Lawrimore Project in Seattle as well as participating in Anti-Establishment, a group show at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies.
She recently released the full-length music album A Fire To Keep You Warm. Greenwood also teaches performance and video through workshops and after-school programs. Greenwood is currently in residence at the New Museum in New York City. Kelly is an exhibition and six-month residency in which Greenwood will premiere the complete, recently re-performed and newly mastered archive of Tracy + the Plastics’ performances alongside new work.
The recipients of the 2015 Neddy Artist Awards are Matt Browning in Painting and Wynne Greenwood in Open Medium. Each artist received an unrestricted grant of $25,000. The other six finalists each received $1,500. The 2015 finalists in Painting are Paul Komada, Elise Richman, and Robert Yoder. Open Medium finalists are Leo Saul Berk, Mark Mitchell, and Rodrigo Valenzuela.
The Neddy Artist Awardees 2015 were selected by Neddy National Juror Astria Suparak, director and chief curator at Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, from 2008 to 2014. She has curated exhibitions, screenings, and live music events and performances for art spaces, film festivals, and academic venues internationally, including PS1, The Kitchen, and Eyebeam, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen; The Liverpool Biennial 2004, and Exposition Chicago 2014. She has also curated extensively in nontraditional spaces, such as roller-skating rinks, elementary schools, sports bars, and ferryboats.
The 2015 Neddy Artist Award finalists were chosen by a panel of three regional arts professionals: Negarra A Kudumu, Kolya Rice, and Storm Tharp.