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Finalists For The 2012 Neddy At Cornish Awards In Painting And Open Medium Announced

March 13, 2012

The four finalists for the Neddy at Cornish in Painting are:

Gala Bent, Seattle, WA
Cynthia Camlin, Bellingham, WA
Jeremy Mangan, Fife, WA
Stacey Rozich, Seattle, WA

The four finalists for the Neddy at Cornish in Open Medium (any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts) are:

James Coupe, Seattle, WA
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo (Lead Pencil Studio), Seattle, WA
Eirik Johnson, Seattle, WA
Susie J. Lee, Seattle, WA

All eight finalists will receive $1,000 and will participate in the 2012 Neddy at Cornish exhibition June 6 through July 18, 2012 in the Main Gallery at Cornish College of the Arts. Two of the artists, one in each category, will each receive the 2012 Neddy at Cornish unrestricted awards of $25,000 each.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of three arts professionals:

Ken D. Allan is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Seattle University. He received his MA and PhD from University of Chicago and recent publications include essays for the book Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art 1945-1980 (Getty Publications, 2011).

Stokley Towles is a Seattle artist whose work focuses on the relationship of people to their daily working and living environments. He teaches at the Evergreen State College.

Barbara Matilsky is the curator of art at the Whatcom Museum. She received her PhD in Modern Art from New York University and has previously served as curator of exhibitions at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at the Queens Museum of Art in New York City.

All finalists will participate in studio visits with an arts professional from outside the region, who will determine the two 2012 awardees. This year’s final juror is Ian Berry, Associate Director and Malloy Curator at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Berry’s most recent publication is Twice Drawn: Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Context (Prestel, 2011).

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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.