Neddy at Cornish

Cornish College of the Arts prepares its students to contribute to society as artists, citizens and innovators. The Neddy at Cornish artist awards are a beacon of this mission. The Neddy at Cornish offers 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.

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The Neddy at Cornish Curator

The Neddy at Cornish announces Juan Franco Ricardo as the 2019 Curator for the annual awards exhibition. Juan Franco Ricardo (they/them/theirs) (b. 1991, Bogotá [Territorio Muisca]) is a visual and performance artist, community organizer, and arts educator.

Franco Ricardo is Co-Founder and Co-Director of festival:festival, a free and public visual and performing arts festival in Seattle. festival:festival presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle. As an arts educator, Franco Ricardo has worked at the nonprofit, Youth in Focus, where they empower urban youth through the language of analog photography and its history.

In 2014, Franco Ricardo received a BFA in Art from Cornish College of the Arts and will receive an MA in Art History from the University of Washington with a research focus in Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies in June 2019. During their studies, they have served as Assistant Curator at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery under the direction of Emily Zimmerman, Director of the Gallery.

2019 Local Jury Panel

The Neddy at Cornish announces Juan Alonso-Rodríguez, Michelle Bufano, and S. Surface for the 2019 local jury panel.

Juan Alonso-Rodríguez

Cuban-born Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a self-taught artist with a career spanning over three decades in Seattle. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals and General Mills, among others. He has created public works for Century Link Field, Sea/Tac Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College. His awards include a Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, DeJunius Hughes Award and the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant. Juan is a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee.

Michelle Bufano

As executive director of Chihuly Garden and Glass Michelle Bufano oversees the overall direction and operation of the exhibition. She brings more than 20 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations and has held leadership positions at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum during times of major grown and expansion.

Prior to joining the exhibition, Bufano served as Executive Director and Education Director, respectively, at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Bufano has been a consultant to nonprofit arts organizations and has served as an adjunct professor on these topics in the Museum Studies program at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds an M.A. in education from George Washington University.

S. Surface

S Surface is a Seattle-based curator of architecture, design and art, currently King Street Station Program Lead with the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

Surface earned the M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture and the BFA in Integrated Design (graphic design, photography, entrepreneurship) at Parsons School of Design. From 2016-2018 Surface was co-curator of The Alice, an artist-run exhibition space and writers’ residency, and Out Of Sight 2017, a regional survey of Pacific Northwest Artists. As Program Director at Design in Public, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated at the Center for Architecture & Design.

Surface has been a visiting critic at the University of Washington College of Built Environments, an architect with super-interesting; research coordinator and editor with C-LAB +Volume Architectural Journal + Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a teaching fellow in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Yale University. Surface served on the Seattle Arts Commission and on the board of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility.

In 2014 Surface was an Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, in 2016, a Next City Vanguard, and in 2017, was featured on the cover for City Arts Magazine’s Future List.

Surface’s writing, exhibitions, public programs, photography, and design have been published in​ The Architect’s Newspaper, Paprika, The Stranger, Hyperallergic, Vice, Architect,Next City, Capricious, PDN, and more.

2019 National Juror

The Neddy at Cornish announces Jessica Hong as the 2019 National Juror. 

Jessica Hong is currently Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art—the first to fill this position—at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining the Hood, Hong was assistant curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, where she organized exhibitions including Arthur Jafa: Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death (2018) and the ICA’s presentation of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 (2018). Prior to the ICA, she was part of the inaugural team of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art that launched the renovated Harvard Art Museums. Hong was previously based in New York and held curatorial positions at Independent Curators International (ICI), SculptureCenter, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written editorial pieces for BOMB Magazine, ICA/Boston, SculptureCenter publications, among others. Additionally, she served as ICI’s external evaluator for all curatorial programs, as visiting critic for Residency Unlimited (NY), and as a juror on numerous panels and fellowship programs. Hong received her M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and B.A. in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University.