Staff & Advisors

Cornish College of the Arts staff work with regional arts professionals to maintain the award’s relevance to the evolving nature of visual art. 



Markie Mickelson

Administrative Coordinator - Neddy at Cornish

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Markie Mickelson is an artist and 2017 Cornish alum living and working in Seattle, Washington. She attended Cornish College of the Arts for her undergraduate degree, with a concentration in painting and installation art. Her thematic focus on unbending historical perceptions of the human form and the casual process of bodily experience are most recently collected in surreal illustrations. She currently works as the Manager for the Neddy at Cornish artist award, as well as at the Henry Art Gallery as a Visitor Experience Representative.


Neddy Artist Awards advisors are regional arts professionals who work with program staff to:

  • maintain the vision and spirit of the Neddy Artist Awards
  • serve as a bridge between the Neddy Artist Awards and the broader arts and civic community
  • provide a view of the program from the perspective of artists and community members outside the College
  • work with Cornish College of the Arts to maintain the award’s relevance to the evolving nature of painting and the myriad forms of visual art in

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Ken D. Allan

Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art & Art History, Seattle University

Allan teaches courses on modern and contemporary art and specializes in American art of the 1960s. He received his MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the rise of the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s and issues such as urbanism and spectatorship in postwar American art. Recent work on Ed Ruscha, Wallace Berman and others has been published in The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980 (Getty Publications, 2011). He has also written essays for exhibition catalogs such as The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, 1960-1980 (Princeton University Art Museum, 2015) and Pop Departures (Seattle Art Museum, 2014), both published by Yale University Press.

Rock Hushka

Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum

Rock Hushka is Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum and serves as Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. He studied at the University of Washington and earned a Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Hushka has curated nearly 70 projects including The Forty Part Motet by Janet CardiffA Reworking of Spem in Alium 1573, by Thomas Tallis, Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma, and more than twenty major exhibition and catalogue projects for regional artists including three Northwest Biennials. Hushka stewared five Neddy Artist Fellowship exhibitions with publications from 2005 to 2010 at TAM including the retrospectives A Decade of Excellence:Decade of Excellence Neddy Artist Fellowship and Honoring 15 Years of Neddy Artist Fellows. In 2010,Hushka shared a Research Fellowship from the Warhol Foundation for the Arts for the forthcoming, nationally touring exhibition Art AIDS America.

Leilani Lewis

Director of  Marketing and Communications for the Museum Northwest African American Museum

Leilani is a creative professional who is passionate about the arts and social justice. A Seattle native, she  has deep roots in the creative community and enjoys engaging with  newcomers to the NW region. Currently her work is centered on community building and  producing public programs that connect people to art, history, and culture. She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Seattle University and her  post-graduate degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.  She currently serves as the Director of  Marketing and Communications for the Northwest African American Museum.

Margie Livingston

Artist and 2010 Neddy in Painting Award Recipient

Margie Livingston received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington. Her awards include a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001, the Arts Innovator Award in 2010, the Neddy Fellowship in Painting in 2010, and the Betty Bowen Annual Memorial Award in 2006. She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.