One of the Northwest’s largest and most esteemed award programs for artists.
Neddy at Cornish
Accepting applications through July 21, 2019
**The grand prize winners of the 2019 Neddy at Cornish awards have been announced! Click here to read the press release >
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 application period opens in late spring each year. Check this page for updates.
*Artwork above: And Monday, Truth Be Told, by 2018 Painting finalist David Hytone.
2019 Dates to Remember
Application Period Opens
Our new and improved Submittable application portal opened June 3.
All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59pm on July 21, 2019.
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.
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