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. Any artist who is a U.S. citizen living and working in Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston, or Whatcom counties in Washington state is welcome to apply.

Applications for the 2017 Neddy Artist Awards closed April 24, 2017. 

2017 Exhibition: Jan. 27 to Feb. 24

​The 2017 Neddy Artist Awards Exhibition will be held at studio e, 609 South Brandon Street, Seattle, WA, 98108.  The opening reception will be January 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through February 24.

A featured program of the Neddy Artist Awards, this exhibition of the 2017 finalists and award winners is funded by the Behnke Foundation and stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts as a tribute to Seattle painter and teacher Ned Behnke (1948-1989).

2017 Neddy Artist Awards

National Juror Claire Tancons selected Christopher Paul Jordan (Painting) and Che Sehyun (Open Medium) as the recipients of the 2017 Neddy Artist Awards. In her summary of her selections, Tancons pointed that Jordan in painting and Sehyun in open medium bring a “multicultural savvy” to their work through a deep connection to their heritage and the youth in their communities.

The 2017 Painting finalists were Barbara Sternberger, Gillian Theobald, and Tuan Nguyen. The 2017 Open Medium finalists were Gretchen Bennett, Marita Dingus, and Dakota Gearhart.

The 2017 regional jurors for the first stage of the process were Francine Seders, owner of the seminal Seattle gallery from 1966-2013, Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, and Matthew Offenbacher, winner of the 2013 Neddy Artist Award in painting whose practice encompasses unconventional curating and teaching. 

2016 Neddy Artist Awards

The 2016 Neddy Artist Awards went Nathan DiPietro (painting) and Clyde Petersen (open medium). The selections made by National Juror Hamza Walker. The 2016 finalists in Painting were Robert Hardgrave, Paul Komada, and Kimberly Trowbridge. The 2016 finalists in Open Medium were Dawn Cerny, Mandy Greer, and C. Davida Ingram.  An exhibition of the 2016 winners and finalists was held at Pivot Art + Culture, in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. In celebration of the Neddy Artist Awards' 20th anniversary, selected pieces of past Neddy Artist Award winners were displayed at Pivot and at Cornish College of the Arts in 2016.

The Neddy Artist Awards are made possible by the Behnke Foundation. For a complete history of the awards, please see this page.


2016 Video Interviews