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Finalists Named For 2013 Neddy At Cornish Awards in Painting and Open Medium

May 28, 2013

The Neddy at Cornish is an annual artist award program supported by the Behnke Foundation and housed at Cornish College of the Arts in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke and in celebration of his life as an artist. 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.

The four finalists for the 2013 Neddy in Painting are Emily Gherard, Seattle, WA; Andrea Heimer, Ferndale, WA; Matthew Offenbacher, Seattle, WA; and Robert Yoder, Seattle, WA.

The four finalists for the Neddy in Open Medium (any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts) are Julie Alpert, Seattle, WA; Victoria Haven, Seattle, WA; Jack Daws, Seattle, WA; and Dan Webb, Seattle, WA

All finalists will participate in studio visits by an arts professional from outside the region, who will determine the 2013 awardees. Two of the artists, one in each category, will receive the 2013 Neddy at Cornish unrestricted awards of $25,000 each.

All finalists will receive $1,000 each and participate in the 2013 Neddy at Cornish exhibition, September 4 through October 19, 2013, in the Main Gallery at Cornish College of the Arts.

The 2013 Neddy at Cornish finalists were chosen by a panel of three arts professionals, Luis Croquer, Davida Ingram and Adam Sorenson.

Luis Croquer is Deputy Director of Art and Education at the Henry Art Gallery, and former Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art , Detroit. Prior to MOCAD, Croquer was Special Projects Assistant to the Director at the Museo del Barrio , New York, Senior Curator at the American Federation of Arts, New York, and Curator of Historical Exhibitions at the Drawing Center, New York .He has a B.A. in Anthropology and Communications from Goldsmiths College , University of London , and an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism from the State University of New York at Purchase. Croquer has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship; the Hilla Rebay International Fellowship by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ; and a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Davida Ingram is a cultural worker and artist who has been part of Chicago community-based arts groups Women in the Director’s Chair and Insight Arts. She is the former manager of Youth Programs at Gage Academy of Art and Manager of Teen, Family and Community Programs at Seattle Art Museum. She is currently an educator at the new Visitor Center at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also a co-founder of the Seattle People of Color Salon, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary convocation of artists of color. She holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a M.A. in Visual Culture and Art Criticism from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies.

Adam Sorensen was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He received a B.F.A. from Alfred University in New York state and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in painting from the Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy. Sorensen lives and works in Portland, OR. He has shown his work frequently at museums and galleries throughout the Northwest, where his influence and dedication have been acutely felt. His work resides in prominent private and corporate collections up and down the west coast.

For additional information about the program, please contact Ellen Ito, Neddy at Cornish Program Assistant at 206.726.5116 or .(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 will continue to make two substantial and unrestricted awards to Seattle artists each year. The College is assisted by an advisory board of regional arts professionals who offer external perspective and expertise.