Melissa E. Feldman Oversees 2016 Neddy Artist Awards

SEATTLE, WA – Melissa E. Feldman has been named director of the Neddy Artist Awards, the largest artist awards in the State of Washington. Applications are now open for the two annual gifts of $25,000, and six of $1,500, to be awarded in 2016. The awards are currently administered by Cornish College of the Arts.

Distinguished Visiting Faculty and Director of the Neddy Artist Awards Feldman, a Seattle-based independent curator and writer, is a frequent contributor to Art in America, Frieze, Third Text, and Aperture, among other publications. Her recent exhibitions include Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space (2015-16), organized by The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, and traveling to the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick; Free Play (2014-17), a touring exhibition organized by Independent Curators International; and Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre (2012), organized by Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Feldman has taught at the California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, London, and is credited with organizing the first monographic exhibitions in America for Kilimnik, Martin Kippenberger, and Hiroshi Sugimoto in the early 1990s as a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

More About Neddy Artist Awards

Applications for the 2016 Neddy Artist Awards, one of the largest unrestricted grants for Northwest artists, are due April 17. 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. All eight artists selected for this year’s grants will be included in a group exhibition in autumn 2016.

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