Staff & Advisors

Cornish College of the Arts staff work with regional arts professionals to maintain the award’s relevance to the evolving nature of visual art. 



Melissa Feldman

Director, Neddy Artist Awards

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Formally Distinguished Visiting Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Melissa E. Feldman is an Seattle-based independent curator and writer, who has contributed to Art in America, Frieze, Third Text, and Aperture, among other publications. Her recent exhibitions include Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space (2015-16), organized by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, and travelling to the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick; Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre (2012), organized by Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, which travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Sampler: Textiles at Creative Growth (2007) at Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland. Feldman has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, London, and is credited with organizing the first monographic exhibitions in America for Kilimnik, Martin Kippenberger, and Hiroshi Sugimoto in the early 1990s as a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.


Moira Scott Payne

Provost (Research)

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Provost (Research) Moira Scott Payne joined Cornish College of the Arts in July, 2013. She was previously Programme Director of Art and Media, at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, in Dundee, Scotland. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is rated as the top art school in Scotland for both research and teaching. The Art and Media team covers three program pathways: Art Philosophy and Contemporary Practices, Fine Art and Time Based Art, and Digital Film, and two Masters Programs, Art Society and Publics, and Art and Humanities.

As Programme Director of Art and Media, Ms. Scott Payne has created a network of links with external and international arts organizations, and, in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts, has run the DJCAD Speakers Programme for more than 10 years. Her recent academic papers given include an art /science collaboration that resulted in Drawing As An Act of Engagement published by the University of La Paz, and From the Tattoo Parlour to the Venice Biennale for NAFE, London and Sense and Sensibility, Department of Philosophy, Dundee University.

Ms. Scott Payne has visited and lectured in art colleges across the U.S. and the UK, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Maryland and Maryland Institute College of Art.

Significant awards include The Patrick Allan of Fraser Trust Scholarship, The John Kinross Travel Award to Florence, an SED award to Sienna, The Alastair Salvesen painting award, £10,000 travel to Alaska, The Carnegie Publishing Award, Awards For All, Scottish Arts Council, Grundtvig Award, British Council Award, and an Angus Arts Award.

Ms. Scott Payne Has a B.A. (Hons) in Drawing and Painting from Glasgow School of Art. She was awarded a postgraduate at Glasgow School of Art in Drawing and Painting (Highly Commended) 1982, and a Cert Ed (with Merit), Dundee College of Education, 1985. She also received The Scottish Education Department Major Travel Award in 1982. Ms. Scott Payne works as an interdisciplinary artist, arts administrator and educator and her practice involves time-based media; photography; drawing and painting; and curatorial and community-based collaborative projects.

Payne’s project, 100 Women Paint The Sea, funded by The Scottish Arts Council/Heritage Lottery Fund and The Angus Arts Award, gathered women living along the East Coast of Scotland to make a comment on their lives in relation to the sea. The project set out to be a systematic study of the effects of the fishing industry in severe decline but went on to look at how arts in the community can demonstrate citizenship through the presentation of various collaborations, exchanges, seminars, workshops, performances and events. The project was published in six languages and widely represented in the U.K. press.


Neddy at Cornish advisors are regional arts professionals who work with program staff to:

  • maintain the vision and spirit of the Neddy
  • serve as a bridge between the Neddy at Cornish and the broader arts and civic community
  • provide a view of the program from the perspective of artists and community members outside the College
  • work with Cornish program staff to maintain the award’s relevance to

    the evolving nature of painting and the myriad forms of visual art in
    our time

Ken D. Allan

Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art & Art History, Seattle University

Allan teaches courses on modern and contemporary art and specializes in American art of the 1960s. He received his MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the rise of the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s and issues such as urbanism and spectatorship in postwar American art. Recent work on Ed Ruscha, Wallace Berman and others has been published in The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980 (Getty Publications, 2011). He has also written essays for exhibition catalogs such as The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, 1960-1980 (Princeton University Art Museum, 2015) and Pop Departures (Seattle Art Museum, 2014), both published by Yale University Press.

Rock Hushka

Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum

Rock Hushka is Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum and serves as Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. He studied at the University of Washington and earned a Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Hushka has curated nearly 70 projects including The Forty Part Motet by Janet CardiffA Reworking of Spem in Alium 1573, by Thomas Tallis, Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma, and more than twenty major exhibition and catalogue projects for regional artists including three Northwest Biennials. Hushka stewared five Neddy Artist Fellowship exhibitions with publications from 2005 to 2010 at TAM including the retrospectives A Decade of Excellence:Decade of Excellence Neddy Artist Fellowship and Honoring 15 Years of Neddy Artist Fellows. In 2010,Hushka shared a Research Fellowship from the Warhol Foundation for the Arts for the forthcoming, nationally touring exhibition Art AIDS America.

Leilani Lewis

Director of  Marketing and Communications for the Museum Northwest African American Museum

Leilani is a creative professional who is passionate about the arts and social justice. A Seattle native, she  has deep roots in the creative community and enjoys engaging with  newcomers to the NW region. Currently her work is centered on community building and  producing public programs that connect people to art, history, and culture. She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Seattle University and her  post-graduate degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.  She currently serves as the Director of  Marketing and Communications for the Northwest African American Museum.

Margie Livingston

Artist and 2010 Neddy in Painting Award Recipient

Margie Livingston received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington. Her awards include a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001, the Arts Innovator Award in 2010, the Neddy Fellowship in Painting in 2010, and the Betty Bowen Annual Memorial Award in 2006. She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.