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2015 Neddy at Cornish Call for Applications Now Open

SEATTLE, WA – The Neddy at Cornish awards give two $25,000 unrestricted awards annually to visual artists.  An additional six finalists also receive $1,500 each year. All eight artists then are included in a group exhibition at Cornish College of the Arts in September. Artists currently living and working in the Puget Sound region of Washington State are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Neddy at Cornish.

The Neddy at Cornish  $25,000 awards include one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts. Applicants for the 2015 Neddy at Cornish must live and work in the greater Puget Sound region to qualify.

The call for applications for the 2015 Neddy at Cornish opened on February 23, 2015. The application deadline is April 26, 2015. Application guidelines and the link to the application form are available at www.Cornish.edu. Questions regarding the Neddy at Cornish program may be directed to Ellen Ito, Neddy at Cornish Program Assistant, at eito@cornish.edu.

The Neddy at Cornish is  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.

About Ned Behnke and the Neddy at Cornish

Painter Ned Behnke’s passion for the arts, and appreciation for the myriad forms that art takes, help inform the award named in his honor. After his untimely death, Shari D. Behnke founded the Neddy in 1996 as a way as a tribute to both his legacy as a visual artist and his deep connection to the Seattle art community. Under the auspices of the Behnke Foundation, the Neddy has become one of the most important art awards in Seattle. The artists who have been recognized for the last 19 years have a unique vision and a strong passion for their art as well as for the transformative potential of art to enliven and enrich the world in which they live and practice.

In 2011, the Behnke Foundation transferred the program to Cornish College of the Arts to house and administer the Neddy at Cornish artist award program. Building on the history Ned Behnke shared with the College and on the shared commitment of the Foundation and the College, this award continues to sustain local artists and their contribution to the Puget Sound region.

The recipients of the 2014 Neddy at  Cornish $25,000 art awards were Susanna Bluhm (Painting) and Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes (Open Medium).