The Behnke Family Gallery

Art Wall

The Behnke at Cornish

1077 Lenora Street (corner of Lenora and Boren)
Seattle, WA 98121

Gallery hours: Thursdays & Fridays, noon – 7pm / Saturdays, noon – 6pm


The Behnke Family Gallery is a new exhibition venue at Cornish College of the Arts which includes a ground-level gallery space and an outdoor exhibition space, the Ivey Art Wall. The 2023-24 exhibition season is curated by Cornish Art professor Robert Campbell and will feature the work of Mary Sheldon Scott, Gary Hill, Preston Wadley, Gala Bent, and Laura Hart Newlon. The inaugural show in the gallery was the 2022 Neddy Artist Award Exhibition.

2023-2024 Exhibit Calendar

  • Mary Sheldon Scott, June 9 – Aug 12, 2023
  • Gary Hill, Sept 7 – Oct 20, 2023
  • Preston Wadley, Nov 10, 2023 – Jan 12, 2024
  • Gala Bent (sabbatical exhibition), Jan 19 – Feb 23, 2024
  • Laura Hart Newlon (sabbatical exhibition), Mar 1 – Mar 30, 2024

Currently on view

Gary Hill: Language Pit

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 7th
5pm – 9pm

On View
September 7 – October 21, 2023

Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays, noon – 7pm / Saturdays, noon – 6pm


“…Time to go downtown
Before we bubble
A compromised quagmire
Pockets of resistance
Drain the swamps
Lance the boils
Inoculate anything that moves
What difference does it make?
Ze can come
Ve can come
You can come
They can come
Heir can come
Come one, come some, come all

-Gary Hill, from Language Pit, 2016/2021

Language Pit is an exhibition featuring recent video, sculpture, prints, and drawings by the artist.

Since the early 1970’s, Gary Hill (b. 1951, Santa Monica, CA) has worked with a broad range of media including sculpture, sound, video, text, installation, and performance, producing a large body of single-channel videos, mixed-media installations, writings, and performance work. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at museums and institutions worldwide, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle and most recently on view at the Cafa Museum, Beijing; The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon; Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; WEST Den Haag, Den Haag; and The Suwon Ipark Art Museum, Korea.

He has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale (1995), a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award (1998), the Kurt-Schwitters-Preis (2000), and is one of a few to receive two Guggenheim Fellowships. He received honorary doctorate degrees from The Academy of Fine Arts Poznan, Poland (2005) and Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle (2011).

Hill taught from 1985-1990 in the Art Department at Cornish, where he started the Video/Media program.

Exhibit curated by Robert Campbell

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