One of the Northwest’s largest and most esteemed annual awards for artists.
Neddy at Cornish
Application Open September 1st - October 25th
This year, the Neddy at Cornish offers an increased award for two grand prize winners of $30,000 each and six finalists $2,000 each in unrestricted funds, making it one of the largest artist awards in the State of Washington.
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.
Please note: The 2020 Neddy application period will be open from September 1st at 12:00 AM to October 25th at 11:59 PM.
2020 Dates to Remember
Application Period Opens
Due to the unprecedented spring 2020 circumstances and new program announcements, we have postponed the Neddy application opening until September 1st, 2020. The application will be open until Sunday, October 25th.
All application and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59pm on October 25th, 2020.
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 one of 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. Since 2011, Cornish College of the Arts is honored to steward this awards program, on behalf of the Behnke Foundation and the artist community. Cornish especially thanks Ned’s mother, Sally Skinner Behnke, in memoriam, for spearheading this vital program to Cornish as part of her legacy, continuing the investment of her grandmother in the founding of the College. It is currently entirely funded by the Behnke Foundation.
**The grand prize winners of the 2019 Neddy at Cornish awards have been announced! Click here to read the press release >
Neddy at Cornish
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