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Call for Applications Open: 2014 Neddy at Cornish Artist Awards

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The call for applications is now open for the Neddy at Cornish. The application deadline is April 20, 2014. Application guidelines and the link to the application form are available at

Questions regarding the Neddy at Cornish program may be directed to Ellen Ito, Neddy at Cornish Program Assistant, at 206.726.5116 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Neddy at Cornish is an annual artist award program supported by the Behnke Foundation in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke and in celebration of his life as an artist. Founded in 1996, the Neddy honors both his legacy as a visual artist and his deep connection to the Seattle art community.

Each year, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given, one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts, to artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region. Six finalists will also receive $1,500 and all eight artists will be included in a group exhibition in September 2014.

Recipients will demonstrate artistic distinction through an established body of work and a commitment to their practice. In honor of Ned and his passion for painting, one Neddy celebrates artists that continue to innovate through this traditional medium. Reflecting the ever-increasing possibilities in contemporary art practices, the second award honors artists that work in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts.

Ned Behnke embodied Cornish College of the Art’s mission of developing artists as citizens—individuals who create outstanding artwork with an applied consciousness of responsibility to society. As the awards honor Ned’s legacy, Neddy recipients will reflect and embody his belief in the power of art and artists to be positive forces in our world. The criteria for both awards are:
1. Demonstrated commitment to and ongoing development of one’s artistic vision.
2. Demonstrated engagement with the world around them through their art practice, broadly understood.

Artists may apply for a Neddy at Cornish artist award if they meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Artists must be full-time residents of Washington State, residing in the greater Puget Sound region (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties) and must be U.S. citizens.
- Artists must be 18 years of age or older during the time of application.
- Artists must be currently active, demonstrating an ongoing pattern of producing and presenting work.
- Students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of application are NOT eligible. Applicants are invited to contact program staff with questions about eligibility. Those who have completed all degree requirements at the time of application, but have yet to matriculate may be eligible pending verification.


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