2018 Neddy Artist Awards Winners Announced

Mother I by Timea Tihanyi is 3D printed porcelain, 3D printed mold-blown glass, shock cord, and concrete. Photo: Hayley Young and Timea Tihanyi.

2018 Neddy Artist Awards Winners Announced

This year's winners of the 2018 Neddy Artist Awards are Lakshmi Muirhead and Timea Tihanyi. Works by the winners and all the finalists will be shown in November at the Cornish Playhouse Gallery at the Seattle Center.

2018 Neddy Artist Awards Winners Announced

"Rosette" 2017 by Lakshmi Muirhead

Director of the Neddy Artist Awards Melissa Feldman announced today that Lakshmi Muirhead would receive the 2018 Neddy Artist Award for painting and Timea Tihanyi would receive the 2018 Neddy Artist Award for open media. Each will receive an unrestricted award of $25,000. The winners were selected following studio visits in September by national juror Rochelle Steiner.

“I am honored to have juried the 2018 Neddy Artist Awards and to have visited the studios of the eight exceptional Seattle-based finalists. Reflecting the criteria for the Neddy Artist Award—artistic excellence, commitment to work over time, and engagement with the world through art—I have selected Lakshmi Muirhead in painting and Timea Tihanyi in open media. I believe these recipients embody Ned Behnke’s belief in the power of art and artists to be positive forces in our world,” said Steiner.

A showcase for the works of the finalists and winners of the 2018 awards will be held at the Cornish Playhouse gallery, November 14 through December 16, at the Seattle Center. A public reception for the artists will be held Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Cornish Playhouse Gallery, 201 Mercer Street. More about the Neddy at Cornish can be found at cornish.edu/neddy.

Lakshmi Muirhead works in painting and figure drawing, beginning with a canvas or plywood surface and laboriously applies plaster, acrylic, oil, ink, paper and graphite layers. This process achieves a distinctly rich, subtle and shifting texture. Her work has been featured at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, 2312 Gallery, and Oxbow Gallery. “In creating a piece, I am motivated by the pursuit of beauty and an eventual resolution. Often, I incorporate texts that are personal narratives or transcriptions of actual experiences. As a piece progresses there is a revelation of intimate truth or aesthetic knowledge that allow me a respite from the past and the future,” says Muirhead on her website. She lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Timea Tihanyi is a Hungarian born interdisciplinary artist and ceramist living and working in Seattle. Tihanyi holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, a BFA in Ceramics from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington, where she is currently a senior lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program. Tihanyi is the founder and director of Slip Rabbit, the first clay 3D printing makerspace and digital ceramics research studio in the Pacific Northwest. She collaborates with mathematicians and technophiles and received the 2018 Bergstrom Art-Science Award for her work in tactile patterns.

“It was a tough decision for the national juror given the really outstanding group of finalists that our hardworking regional jury picked from over 200 applications received via open call. I am thrilled that the award puts a spotlight on Lakshmi Muirhead and Timea Tihanyi, bringing their thoughtful and relevant practice honed over many years to a wider audience both within the Pacific Northwest and beyond,” said Melissa Feldman, Director of the Neddy Artist Awards.

This year’s Painting finalists were Andrea Joyce Heimer, Ferndale; David Hytone, Seattle; and Ann Leda Shapiro, Vashon Island.

This year’s Open Medium finalists were Dawn Cerny, Seattle; Aaron Flint Jamison, Seattle; and Jono Vaughan, Seattle.

Steiner, the national juror for the 2018 Neddy Artist Awards, is the Associate Director and Chief Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Steiner previously served as Professor and Dean at the Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California; Director of the Public Art Fund in New York; Chief Curator of the Serpentine Gallery in London; and Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Steiner has commissioned and curated major exhibitions and large-scale public art projects throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Her numerous essays and interviews have appeared in exhibition catalogs and publications including Parkett, Modern Painters, Art Review, and World of Interiors. Steiner received an MA and PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, New York.

The finalists were selected by three regional jurors: Nina Bozicnik, Associate Curator, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; John Feodorov, artist, 2002 Neddy finalist, and Associate Professor at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, Bellingham; and Sandra Percival, Director and Curator, Zena Zezza, Portland.

Since 2011, Cornish College of the Arts has stewarded the Neddy Artist Awards. The awards were started in 1996 as a tribute to the life and work of Ned Behnke. Each year, two $25,000 unrestricted awards are given — one in painting and one in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts — to artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region. Six finalists receive $1,500.

The opening reception for the Neddy Artists’ Showcase will be held November 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center. The work of winners and finalists will remain on view through December 16 at the Cornish Playhouse Gallery.