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June 29, 2015

Cornish Playhouse Offers Space To Create

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator program offers local artists a place to create and collaborate. The Changeling Project, part of the 2014/15 Arts Incubator, will be open to the public on Thursday, July 2. Creators Adriana Camoy and Charles McCall invite their audience to enjoy a combination of dance and poetry, then give feedback on their work-in-progress.

In a city where the space to create is hard to find, Cornish Playhouse offers artists interested in...

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June 26, 2015

Nicolella Discusses CDs and Concerts

Faculty member Michael Nicolella teaches classical guitar at Cornish College of the Arts. With wide-ranging interests, his solo concert and recording career has garnered great reviews from the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. His own articles on performing Bach appeared in Guitar Player this spring.

Guitarist/composer Tom Baker (Cornish’s interim chair of music) and guitarist/composer Michael Nic...

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June 18, 2015

Cornish@Amazon Summer Outdoor Concert Series Returns

What happens when you mix the campus of an Internet giant with the campus of an arts college? For the third consecutive summer, you get a free, open-air music series. The Cornish@Amazon concert series runs every Thursday from June 18 to Oct 1 at noon.

Cornish College of the Arts’ popular free summer concert series returned to Van Vorst Plaza today...

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June 16, 2015

Cornish Joins New MOOC Site Aimed At The Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is one of the initial educational partners of Kadenze.com, an online learning platform specifically built for the arts and creative technologies.

Open to learners anywhere in the world, Kadenze.com launched on June 16 with “Introduction to...

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June 12, 2015

Cornish Alumni Share Kudos for SIFF Audience Favorite Documentary

Success for Cornish grads in award-winning documentary "Even the Walls": the Film + Media program is brand new, but the success of our alumni is a reminder that Cornish has been active in the field for a good long while.

​The film, Even the Walls, selected for showing at the Seattle Film Festival (SIFF) threw light on...

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June 9, 2015

Neddy Artist Award Finalists Announced

Each year, eight artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region are chosen as Neddy Artist Awards finalists. From these eight artists, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given — one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts. The remaining six finalists each receive $1,500 and are included in a group exhibition in September.

Robin Held, director of the Neddy Artist Awards, announced today the 2015 finalists. In painting, th...

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May 29, 2015

Cornish Graduate Mary Lambert Receives SAMHSA Special Recognition Award

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and singer/songwriter Mary Lambert uses her art year round to help those dealing childhood trauma and bipolar disorder.

Cornish graduate Mary Lambert ‘11 joined U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secret...

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May 27, 2015

ALL RISE and Cornish Present Molly Dilworth Talk

Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth comes to Cornish to talk on her large-scale earthwork, "2124 Miles," in downtown Seattle.

​Someday the empty lot bounded by Denny Way, Pontius Avenue, and John Street in downtown Seattle w...

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May 18, 2015

Cornish Centennial Commencement

On May 9, Cornish College of the Arts held commencement exercises in its Centennial year, with remarks by President Nancy J. Uscher, Anne Bogart, Liz Lerman, and senior Kendra Lee.

Commencement exercises in the plainest of times are occasions for a redolent mixture of reflection...

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May 14, 2015

Cornish Prep Dance Lights Up Spring with “Variance”

The dancers of the Cornish Preparatory Dance Company, with guest performances by Cornish dance majors, bring the choreography of Limón, Maxwell, and more to the stage of Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall.

The Preparatory Dance Program has long been a vital aspect of dance education at Cornish. The qualit...

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May 12, 2015

Black Box and Dhrupad Days Lead Off Busy Cornish Festival Season

Summer is festival time in Seattle, and Cornish has a film festival, a music festival, a dance festival, and a theater festival happening on campus this summer. This month, the Indian classical music festival, Dhrupad Days,starts at PONCHO while experimental film festival Black Box 2.0 plays at Raisbeck and the Main Gallery.

​May blooms forth, the sun lingers on into the night, and in Seattle, it’s festival season. By t...

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May 7, 2015

Cornish’s Biggest Student Exhibition Opens May 8

Cornish College of the Art's largest student show of the year opens right before the Centennial commencement. Galleries in two buildings will be filled with the work of 98 graduating artists and designers -- and Friday, May 8, opening promises to be a great block party event.

​The weather prediction is for unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies, so the opening of E...

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May 6, 2015

Neddy Artist Award Adds To SAM’s Collection

Matthew Offenbacher used his Neddy Artist Award to create an exceptional performative art piece to spark conversation about feminist and queer art at the region's largest museum. Seven works selected for form "Deed of Gift" are Seattle artists Daft Kuntz (Dawn Cerny and Victoria Haven), Anne Focke, Klara Glosova, Wynne Greenwood, Ann Leda Shapiro, and Joey Veltkamp. "It is a gesture very much in keeping with the spirit of the 'Neddies' and of legacy of artist Ned Behnke, as well as the mission of Cornish College of the Arts," said Robin Held, director of Neddy Artist Awards.

Matthew Offenbacher decided to take his 2013 Neddy Artist Award of $25,000 and turn it into a gift t...

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April 23, 2015

The Clown Show: Who’s Laughing Now?

There’s only two more performances of a Cornish classic, The Clown Show; hurry and see how stars like Lady Rizo and Jinkx Monsoon honed their craft.

What are the most amazing things that Jinkx Monsoon and Lady Rizo have in common? OK, 1) they’re t...

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April 22, 2015

What’s Your Game?

Student designers in Systems Communication make the study communication within sociological structures fun by redesigning games.

Educators know what every kitten and puppy knows: play teaches. Consider a kitten batting a ball ar...

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April 21, 2015

Anne Bogart Selected As Commencement Speaker

As announced in March, author and award-winning theater and opera director Anne Bogart will address Cornish’s seniors during the 2015 Commencement on May 9 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. President Nancy J. Uscher will award honorary degrees to Bogart and to choreographer and McArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Liz Lerman. In addition, this year’s Distinguished Recent Alumni Awards will go to Jerick Hoffer and Richard Andriessen and the Distinguished Alumni Award will go to Kent Devereaux.

Many Cornish theater majors already know the work of award-winning stage/opera director and author A...

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April 15, 2015

Reflections on the BFA Dance Concerts

Miranda Chantelois '17 interviewed Julia Sloane '15 about her experiences as both a performer and a choreographer this spring.

Mid February each year, seniors in the Cornish dance department gather in an adrenaline-induced fren...

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April 14, 2015

New Chair of Dance Announced

Following an international search, a worthy replacement is found for Cornish's Chair of Dance. Dr. Victoria Watts is a dance educator, notator, scholar and activist whose professional engagements have spanned Europe, North America, and Australia. Along with her degrees, she also is certified to Advanced level in Labanotation and Benesh Movement Notation.

Dr.Victoria Watts has been selected as chair of the Dance Department. She will replace Chair of Danc...

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April 10, 2015

Scholastic Writing Award Winners Featured at Cornish Event

This year, Cornish acted as host for this region’s Scholastic Writing Awards, the happy results can be experienced Sunday, April 12, in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Public Library.

“Rejection letters smell like rusty nails and gas station bathrooms. They taste like stale saliva...

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April 6, 2015

Grand Hotel Ready to Open at the Playhouse

The latest of the popular spring musical offerings from the Theater and Performance Production departments at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, Grand Hotel is hours away from opening.

The concentration is intense: there are mere hours left to get the production elements right and the...

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April 1, 2015

Terpsichore’s Landing, Poised to Make Its Mark

Cornish dance student Miranda Chantelois '17 delves into the inspiration behind Cornish's Terpsichore’s Landing and reveals what this year's crop of student choreographers and performers have planned for the April 5 performances at Kerry Hall.

When Rebecca Smedley first started Terpsichore’s Landing (a.k.a. Terps) in 1998, she was a so...

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March 25, 2015

Denise Martel Named Chair of Performance Production

Cornish's new Chair of Performance Production mostly recently worked at Seattle Children's Theatre, a close neighbor of the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

After a rigorous national search that began in 2014, Denise Martel was named Chair of Performance Pr...

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March 24, 2015

Women in Design & Metal Speak at Cornish

The SEGD Seattle Chapter kicks off its speaker series at Cornish with Women in Design; the next day, Cornish hosts Women in Metal from Pratt Fine Arts Center.

​Sometimes the stars just align. Tuesday and Wednesday March 25 and 26, Cornish will play host to...

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March 20, 2015

Bach to the Future: Cornish Celebrates the Composer’s 330th Birthday

In 2010, a New York cellist became afraid classical music was dying out and struck out to the subways to try and build a future for Bach’s work; on March 21, Cornish ensembles will take part.

Birthday gifts: what do you give to the guy who has everything? In the case of birthday boy Johann...

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March 11, 2015

Seattle Jazz Experience Fills Cornish Playhouse

It’s spring break but it’s not quiet at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. This weekend marks the return of the Seattle Jazz Experience, which brings together college and high school bands with local jazz greats.

Started in 2014, the Seattle Jazz Experience gives college and high school bands a chance to experie...

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March 4, 2015

New exhibition of Cunningham photos shows unseen history of Cornish

In 1935, photographer Imogen Cunningham contributed a series of photos for the Cornish School catalogue. Now these rare photos will be on public display, many for the first time, in A Stitch in Time: Imogen at Cornish.

While preparing for Cornish College of the Arts’ centennial celebration last November, college off...

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March 2, 2015

Cornish Commons Tops Off

Cornish College of the Arts adds a brand-new building to its campus in 2015: Cornish Commons. This mix of residence hall, classroom space, and Student Life offices opens in August.

Cornish Commons, the new residence hall and academic building being developed for Cornish College of...

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March 1, 2015

Alumni Centennial Bash a Huge Success

There was a once-in-a-century chance to have a terrific Cornish centennial celebration for alumni. Nailed it!

It was the largest Cornish alumni gathering ever, a testament to the new energy being put into r...

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February 27, 2015

Rizo Rocks Zinzanni

Lady Rizo, Amelia Zirin-Brown ’99 , is one of the best performers you’ll ever see up close—and you can be very close indeed in Seattle's famed spiegeltent. She’s headlining at Teatro Zinzanni.

Lady Rizo makes a world for you at her performances, a place of danger but offering — paradoxicall...

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February 17, 2015

Cornish Presents Continues with Pianist Dr. Peter Mack

Called technically infallible and indefatigable, Dr. Peter Mack brings his virtuosic command of the piano to the stage of the PONCHO February 22.

Sometimes you look far and wide to bring in the best; sometimes they are to be found right next door...