Neddy at Cornish

One of the Northwest’s largest and most esteemed award programs for artists.

Neddy at Cornish Painting Finalist David Hytone

Accepting applications through July 21, 2019

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2019 APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO APPLIED! The finalists for the 2019 Neddy at Cornish awards were announced on August 13. Click here to learn more >


The Neddy at Cornish offers one of  the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual gifts of $25,000, and six awards of $2,000, to visual artists based in the Puget Sound region.

Any artist who is a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident living and working in Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston, or Whatcom counties in Washington state is welcome to apply.

The 2019 Call for Applications is open from June 3rd, 2019 until July 21st at 11:59 p.m. PST.

*Artwork above: And Monday, Truth Be Told, by 2018 Painting finalist David Hytone.

 

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2019 Dates to Remember

June 3:
Application Period Opens

Our new and improved Submittable application portal opened June 3.

July 21:
Application Deadline

All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59pm on July 21, 2019.

Early August:
Winners Announced

8 finalists are contacted, confirmed, and announced.

Neddy at Cornish Award Information

About the Neddy

Stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts since 2011, the Neddy at Cornish is the most generous and longest-running award for visual artists in the State of Washington, providing two annual gifts of $25,000, and six awards of $2,000, to artists living and working in the Puget Sound region.

Cornish prepares its students to contribute to society as artists, citizens and innovators. The Neddy at Cornish program is a beacon of this mission. The Neddy at Cornish is funded by the Behnke Foundation as a tribute to Seattle painter and teacher Ned Behnke (1948-1989).

For many years the Behnke family and the Behnke Foundation supported this gift of direct and unrestricted support to artists in the Pacific Northwest. It is currently supported by a bequest from the estate of philanthropist Sally Skinner Behnke, Ned’s mother. Cornish College of the Arts is honored to steward this awards program, on behalf of the family and the artist community. Cornish especially thanks Sally Skinner Behnke, in memoriam, for extending this vital program to Cornish as part of her legacy, continuing the investment of her grandmother in the founding of the College.

Application Guidelines

The annual Neddy awardees in Painting and Open Medium demonstrate artistic excellence and a commitment to and ongoing development of their work over time. In honor of Ned and his passion for painting, one Neddy award is given to an artist who identifies his/her/their work in terms of painting, whether traditional or newer interpretations of the medium. Reflecting the ever-increasing possibilities in contemporary art practices, the other award honors artists that work in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts ("Open Medium" in the application). Ned Behnke embodied Cornish College of the Art’s mission of developing artists as citizens—individuals who aim for artistic excellence and an applied consciousness of responsibility to society. As the awards honor Ned’s legacy, Neddy recipients will reflect and embody his belief in the power of art and artists to be positive forces in our world. The criteria for the Neddy award is: > Artistic excellence and demonstrated commitment to and development of work over time. > Demonstrated engagement, broadly understood, with the world through art.
Artists may apply to the Neddy at Cornish awards program if they meet the following eligibility requirements: Artists must be full-time residents of Washington State, residing in the greater Puget Sound region (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit,San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties) and must be permanent residents of the United States. Artists must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application. Practicing artists demonstrating pattern of producing work Artists must NOT be previous recipients of the award.Previous finalists are eligible AFTER A ONE-YEAR HIATUS. Artists must NOT be full-time core faculty or a trustee at Cornish College of the Arts Students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of application are NOT eligible. Those who have completed all degree requirements at the time of application, but have yet to matriculate may be eligible pending verification.Please contact program staff with questions about eligibility. Artists must be available on the dates of national juror visit and video production, otherwise the award goes to an alternate. These dates will be provided at the time the finalists are contacted to ascertain their availability.
2019 call for applications opens June 3rd at 12:00 a.m. and will remain open through July 21st at 11:59 p.m. PST. Applications sent by mail, submitted in person, or arriving late or incomplete will not be considered. In addition to submitting 12 - 15 work samples, a resume, and a short biography, you are asked to answer the following: The Neddy at Cornish awards recognize artistic excellence among practicing visual artists with demonstrated commitment to and development of their work over time. The Neddy also supports work that fosters an awareness of or reflection on the world and human experience. Please discuss the framework of your art practice. What does your work aim to express or convey and how does it do so? Please limit your response to 250 words. Please provide any additional information that would be helpful to the jurors in assessing your work based on the samples provided. For example, you might use this space to talk about your process, shifts in your practice, physical or material features, background information, and anything else you believe is important for the jurors to know. Please limit your response to 150 words.
Applicants complete the online application requirements (stay tuned for details on image/file preparation and other submission information) by the application deadline. They must choose the medium category to which they are applying: Painting or Open Medium. A panel of three regional arts professionals will review all applications and select four in Painting and four in Open Medium for a total of eight finalists. A nationally-known curator or arts professional from outside the region will then conduct studio visits with each of the eight artists, ultimately selecting one in each category to receive the awards. The winners and finalists will be notified by telephone within two weeks of the studio visit. This year’s National Juror is Jessica Hong. This year’s local jury panel features Juan Alonso-Rodríguez, Michelle Bufano, and S. Surface.
The work of the eight finalists and awardees will be showcased in a group exhibition to be held at a Seattle venue (Cornish Playhouse) for approximately 4 weeks in fall/winter of 2019-2020. This year’s Curator, a new and annually rotating position role, will lead the curation of the annual exhibition. This show brings greater exposure to the artists’ work and will include 4-minute videos produced by Cornish College of the Arts based on interviews with the artists. The videos become part of the Neddy’s online archive and are Cornish and the Behnke Foundation’s gift to each of the artists as an invaluable document of their work. Early August - 8 finalists are contacted, confirmed, and announced. August- September 1st- finalists work with Neddy staff to schedule studio visits and interview sessions. September 3rd - 18th- Interviews and studio visits with Juan Franco, Curator. September 18th - 23rd, studio visits with the Jessica Hong, National Juror. Early October- Two awardees announced. Late October- Annual Neddy Artist Exhibition opens.
Artists may apply for the Neddy at Cornish awards if they meet the following eligibility requirements: Artists must be full-time residents of Washington State, residing in the greater Puget Sound region (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties) and must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Artists must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application. Artists must be currently active, demonstrating an ongoing pattern of producing and presenting work. Artists must NOT be previous recipients of the award. Neddy finalists may reapply after a one-year hiatus Artists must NOT be full-time core faculty or a trustee at Cornish of the Arts Students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the time of application are NOT eligible. Students who have completed all degree requirements at the time of application, but have yet to matriculate may be eligible pending verification. Please contact mmickelson@cornish.edu for more information Artists must be available on the dates of national juror visit and video production, otherwise the award goes to an alternate. These dates will be provided at the time the finalists are contacted to ascertain their availability.

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Neddy at Cornish Artist Awards

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Seattle, WA
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The 2019 Neddy at Cornish Application Period Closed on 7/21

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