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Nathan DiPietro and Clyde Petersen Receive 2016 Neddy Artist Awards

Seattle, WA— The 2016 Neddy Artist Awards go to Nathan DiPietro (painting) and Clyde Petersen (open medium). The selections made by National Juror Hamza Walker were announced by Neddy Artist Awards director Melissa Feldman. Each artist will receive $25,000.

“Working in handmade egg tempera, Nathan's meticulously rendered paintings investigate nature and landscape in relation to commercial development and Renaissance one-point perspective in relation to video game imagery,” said Feldman. “Clyde is a multi-media artist whose work combines low-tech, stop-motion animated films, music by his band Your Heart Breaks, and performance in LBGTQ coming-of-age stories.”

The Neddy Artist Awards are among the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual, unrestricted gifts of $25,000 to artists working in the greater Puget Sound. Cornish College of the Arts has run Neddy Artist Awards since 2011. Besides the gifts to the winners, each of the finalists will receive $1,500 and exhibition of their work. This year’s finalists are Robert Hardgrave, Paul Komada, and Kimberly Trowbridge in painting and Dawn Cerny, Mandy Greer, and C. Davida Ingram in open medium .

This year’s exhibition of the 2016 winners and finalists will be at Pivot Art + Culture, Vulcan Inc.’s concept space located on the ground floor of the newly constructed Allen Institute building in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Their work will displayed with a representation of past Neddy Artist Award winners curated by Feldman and covering the 20 years of this award.

Neddy Artist Awards: 20 Years
Sept. 15 – Oct. 23, 2016
Pivot Art + Culture, 609 Westlake Ave N, Seattle
Opening night reception, Sept. 15: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 pm

2016 Neddy Artist Awards Jurors

National juror Hamza Walker selected the 2016 winners following studio visits with the finalists. He has served as the director of education and associate curator at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and is an adjunct professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Co-curator of the “Made in L.A. 2016” at the Hammer Museum, Walker was named as one of the most influential curators in the country by The New York Times. He is a noted essayist and his writing on contemporary art has been published in such leading industry magazines as Trans, New Art Examiner, and Artforum. As previously announced, the 2016 Neddy Artist Awards finalists were chosen by Anne Couillaud, Scott Lawrimore, and Joseph Park.