Cornish College of the Arts has a number of public programs that provide support to artists in our community, including grants and other resources. We also present a variety of events throughout the year, including visiting artist series such as Cornish Presents and Incite*Insight; student performances in dance, music, and theater; and exhibitions of student and faculty work in our galleries.
For the current semester's events, please see our Calendar.
We also work with local nonprofits to provide performance and meeting space. To learn more about facilities rentals, please see our venue page.
The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is a vibrant theatrical and educational facility and a landmark of modern architecture comprising a 470-seat main auditorium, a flexible black-box theater, and a generous forecourt and lobby. Built for the World’s Fair of 1962 and now operated by Cornish College of the Arts as its highest-profile venue, the Cornish Playhouse presents a full range performing arts events open to the public. Between the work created by Cornish students and professional productions from a wide range of community partners, the Cornish Playhouse offers rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.
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, eight artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region are chosen as finalists. From these eight artists, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given — one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts. The remaining six finalists each receive $1,500 and are included in a group exhibition in September.