Application Guidelines

2019 call for applications will be open from June 3rd at 12:00 a.m. to July 21st at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Email neddyinfo@cornish.edu to receive email notifications or check this page for updates. 

About the Neddy at Cornish

Neddy at Cornish program, stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts provides cash awards annually to visual artists based in the greater Puget Sound region (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit,San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties). The Award is funded by the Behnke Foundation and stewarded by Cornish College as a tribute to Seattle painter and educator Ned Behnke (1948-1989). Each year two $25,000 unrestricted cash awards are given—one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts (referred to in the application as "Open Medium")—to artists creating outstanding work and who demonstrate commitment to and development of their artistic practice over time. Six finalists, three in each category, receive $2,000 each.

Award Criteria

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:

  1. Artistic excellence and demonstrated commitment to and development of work over time.

  2. Demonstrated engagement, broadly understood, with the world through art.

Eligibility

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.

Application: What to Submit

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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2019 Review Process and Jurors

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.

  • Two 2018 Neddy awardees will each receive $25,000.

  • Six 2018 Neddy finalists will each receive $2,000.

Annual Neddy at Cornish Exhibition and Production of Short Artist Videos

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.

Other opportunities for 2019 Neddy awardees and finalists may include participating in public programs presented in conjunction with the exhibition as well as engagement with Cornish students through artists talks, studio visits, and student critiques.

General Timeline

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.

 

Please contact Markie Mickelson, Neddy at Cornish Manager, with any questions regarding the application process by email at mmickelson@cornish.edu

Application open from Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Legal Agreement

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.


Application:


Images: 12 min - 15 max

Audio: 6 max

Video: 6 max