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Photo Op: Presentation of Neddy Awards

Seattle, WA– Two Seattle artists will receive checks for $25,000 as part of the Neddy Artist Awards ceremony, November 14, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Cornish Playhouse. The awarding of the checks to Seattle artists Timea Tihanyi and Lakshmi Muir will take place prior to the public opening of the Neddy Artists Showcase in the Cornish Playhouse’s lobby.

Muirhead received the 2018 Neddy Artist Award for painting and Tihanyi received the 2018 Neddy Artist Award for open media following studio visits in September by national juror Rochelle Steiner.

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 presentation at the Cornish Playhouse will be made by members of the Behnke family. The Neddy Artist Awards are made possible through the generous support of the Behnke Foundation.

Neddy Artist Awards Ceremony 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street

This event is by invitation only and will be followed by the public opening of the Neddy Artists Showcase at 6:30 p.m.

Neddy Artists Showcase featuring the works of the winners and six finalists will remain on display at Cornish Playhouse gallery through December 16. More about the Neddy at Cornish can be found at

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Seattle, WA
(800) 726-ARTS

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