Neddy Artist Awards Application: FAQs

What are the Neddy Artist Awards?

The Neddy Artist Awards are among the largest awards for visual artists in the State of Washington, providing two annual awardees gifts of $25,000, and six finalists $1,500 each, to artists living and working in the Puget Sound region (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit,San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties). The Award is funded by the Behnke Foundation and stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts as a tribute to Seattle painter and educator Ned Behnke (1948-1989). The Neddy recognizes visual artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and commitment to and development of their work over time.

What is the Selection Criteria?

Neddy awardees are visual artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and commitment to and development of their work over time.

Ned Behnke embodied Cornish College of the Art’s mission of developing artists as citizens. As the awards honor Ned’s legacy, Neddy Artist Award recipients reflect and embody his belief in the power of art and artists to be positive forces in our world. The criteria for the awards are:

  • Artistic excellence and demonstrated commitment to and development of one’s artistic practice over time
  • Demonstrated engagement, broadly defined, with the world through your art

About the Neddy Award categories: “Painting” and “Open Medium”

The Neddy Artist Awards recognizes that artists today work not only within but also between and across disciplines. There are two award categories, Painting and Open Medium, artists are asked to apply to the award category that best represents their practice.

PAINTING: In honor of Ned Behnke and his passion for painting, one Neddy Artist Award celebrates artists who continue to innovate in through this medium.

OPEN MEDIUM: Reflecting the ever-increasing possibilities in contemporary art practices, one Neddy Artist Award honors artists who work in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts.

These include but are not limited to photography, ceramics, video, installation art and multiple or combined mediums.

How do I apply for a Neddy Artist Award?

Applicants must fulfill the online application requirements (visit www.callforentry.org for details on image/file preparation and other submission information) by the application deadline, Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 10:59 PM PST. Applications sent by mail, submitted in person, or arriving late or incomplete will not be considered. The application is free.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Neddy Artist Awards?

Artists applying for a Neddy Artist Award must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and full-time residents of Washington State, residing in the greater Puget Sound region (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties)
  • Be 18 years of age or older during the time of application
  • Must demonstrate development of the work over time
  • Must be available on date of national juror visit and during video production; finalists will be notified of these dates and if they are not available, the nomination goes to an alternate
  • Previous Neddy Artist Awardees of the $25,000 prize are ineligible to reapply. Previous Neddy Artist Finalists, recipients of the $1,500 prize, are eligible to reapply after a one-year hiatus
  • Students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of application are ineligible. Those who have completed all degree requirements at the time of application, but have yet to matriculate may be eligible pending verification. Please contact program staff for more information.
  • Cornish College of the Arts full-time core faculty and trustees are ineligible.
Any questions please contact mfeldman@cornish.edu

Are students eligible to apply?

Students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the 
time of application are ineligible.Those who have completed all degree requirements at the time of application, but have yet to matriculate may be eligible pending verification. Please contact Neddy Artist Awards program staff for more information.

Who selects the Neddy Finalists and Awardees?

A panel of three regional arts professionals reviews all applications and selects four finalists in each category (Painting and Open Medium). From this pool of eight artists, a single national juror from outside the region reviews each application packet and visits each artists’ studio, selecting the two $25,000 awardees.