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The Neddy At Cornish Announces: Harrell Fletcher And The Emergence Of Art And Social Practice

March 08, 2012

The Neddy At Cornish Announces The First “Ned Behnke Annual Lecture” Event: Harrell Fletcher And The Emergence Of Art And Social Practice

Harrell Fletcher and the Emergence of Art and Social Practice
April 18, 2012 7:00 pm
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Free Admission

Harrell Fletcher comes to Seattle as the first Ned Behnke Annual Lecture speaker on April 18, 2012.

The choice of Fletcher, widely known for work that unites art with social practice, reflects the mission of the Neddy at Cornish artist award program to celebrate artists whose contributions go beyond the studio and serve to foster a conscious, vital and more livable world. Since the early 1990’s, Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. His work has been shown at SF MoMA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Wattis Institute, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center, The Wrong Gallery, Apex Art, and Smackmellon in NYC, DiverseWorks and Aurora Picture show in Houston, TX, PICA in Portland, OR, CoCA and The Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA, Signal in Malmo, Sweden, Domain de Kerguehennec in France, The Royal College of Art in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Fletcher has work in the collections of MoMA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, SFMoMA, The Berkeley Art Museum, The De Young Museum, and The FRAC Brittany, France.

In 2002 Fletcher started Learning To Love You More, a participatory website with Miranda July. A book version of LTLYM was published in 2007 by Prestel. Fletcher is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. His exhibition The American War originated in 2005 at ArtPace in San Antonio, TX, and traveled to Solvent Space in Richmond, VA, White Columns in NYC, The Center For Advanced Visual Studies MIT in Boston, MA, PICA in Portland, OR, and LAXART in Los Angeles, among other locations. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

For additional information, please contact Ellen Ito, Neddy at Cornish Program Assistant at 206-726-5116 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About Ned Behnke and the Neddy
Ned Behnke was a beloved member of the Behnke Family and a renowned and talented painter. Ned had a passion for the arts that extended beyond his own work. He appreciated the myriad forms that art takes and the way in which art can foster a conscious, vital and more livable world.

After Ned’s untimely death, Shari D. Behnke founded the Neddy in 1996 as a way to honor 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 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 shared with the College and on the shared commitment of the Foundation and the College to invigorate and sustain communities through art, the Neddy at Cornish program will continue to make two substantial and unrestricted awards to Seattle artists each year. To assist the College, an advisory board of regional arts professionals will offer their external perspective and expertise.