2018 Neddy Artist Awards Finalists Announced

Seattle, WA -- Director of the Neddy Artist Awards Melissa Feldman announced today the eight finalists for the 2018 Neddy Artist Awards.

This year’s Painting finalists are:

  • Andrea Joyce Heimer, Ferndale
  • David Hytone, Seattle
  • Lakshmi Muirhead, Seattle
  • Ann Leda Shapiro, Vashon Island

This year’s Open Medium finalists are:

  • Dawn Cerny, Seattle
  • Aaron Flint Jamison, Seattle
  • Timea Tihanyi, Seattle
  • Jono Vaughan, Seattle

The winners will be selected by Rochelle Steiner, the national juror for the 2018 Neddy Artist Awards.  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 catalogues 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, multimedia 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, started in 1996 as a tribute to the life and work of Ned Behnke. Each year in September, 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.

About Ned Behnke

The Neddy Artist Awards honor the legacy of Seattle painter and teacher Ned Behnke (1948-1989). Ned was the son of Robert and Sally Skinner Behnke. Deaf from birth, Ned Behnke expressed himself in the visual arts from an early age. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Central Washington University, and his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Painting, from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. He lived and worked in Seattle, where he taught art to hearing-impaired students at Cornish College of the Arts and other institutions.

During his life, Ned Behnke received many national arts awards including a major public art commission by the King County Arts Commission for the Seattle Hearing and Deafness Center. He exhibited his art widely and was represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle. Ned Behnke died in 1989.

His legacy is in evidence throughout our community through the generous philanthropy of the Behnke family. The Northwest AIDS Foundation (now the LIFELONG AIDS Alliance) created the Ned Behnke Leadership Award in 1993. The Ned Behnke Preschool, Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center was founded in 2007 with an emphasis on speech, language, and literacy development.

About Cornish College of the Arts

Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers  a Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in the Art, Dance, Design, Film, Interior Architecture, Performance Production, and Theater, multiple public programs, and extension courses.

The College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who have followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today.           

The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators.

Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.