Neddy Artist Awards

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 Neddy Artist Awards Go To Christopher Paul Jordan (Painting) and Che Sehyun (Open Medium)

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. 

Nathan DiPietro and Clyde Petersen Receive 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. Their work was on view in conjunction with an exhibition of selected part of past Neddy Artist Award winners curated by Melissa Feldman, Director of Neddy Artist Awards, and covering the 20 years of this award.

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

Nathan DiPietro, 2016 Neddy Artist Awards Awardee in Painting

Clyde Petersen, 2016 Neddy Artist Awards Awardee in Open Medium


Watch video of the finalists