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2017 Neddy Artist Awards
2017 Neddy Artist Awards
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora St.
Seattle, WA, 98121

Entry Deadline: 4/24/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 15
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 15

Neddy Artist Awards is an annual Puget Sound regional artist award program supported by the Behnke Foundation and housed at Cornish College of the Arts in memory of Robert E. (“Ned”) Behnke and in celebration of his life as an artist and educator. 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 (referred to as "Open Medium")—to professional artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region. Six finalists will also receive $1,500.
Neddy Artist Awards, established in 1996 by the Behnke family, honors the art, accomplishments and community involvement of Seattle painter and educator Robert E. “Ned” Behnke (1948-1989).  In 2011, the Behnke Foundation transferred the Neddy Artist Awards program to Cornish College of the Arts, building on the history Ned shared with the College and on the shared commitment of the Foundation and the College to invigorate and sustain communities through art.
There are two Neddy awards each year, one in Painting and the other in Open Medium. Recipients will demonstrate artistic distinction through an established body of work and an applied consciousness of responsibility to society. In honor of Ned and his passion for painting, one Neddy celebrates artists that continue to innovate through this traditional medium. Reflecting the ever-increasing possibilities in contemporary art practices, one Neddy honors artists that work in any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts ("Open Medium" in the application).
Ned Behnke embodied Cornish College of the Art’s mission of developing artists as citizens—individuals who aim for artistic excellence and an applied consciousness of responsibility to society. As the awards honor Ned’s legacy, Neddy recipients will reflect and embody his belief in the power of art and artists to be positive forces in our world. The criteria for both awards are:
1. Demonstrated commitment to and ongoing development of one’s artistic vision.
2. Demonstrated engagement with the world around them through their art practice, broadly understood.
Artists may apply to the Neddy Artist Awards if they meet the following eligibility requirements:
         -  Artists must be full-time residents of Washington State, residing in the greater Puget Sound region (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit,San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties) and must be U.S. citizens.
         -  Artists must be 18 years of age or older during the time of application.
         -  Artists must be currently active and demonstrate an ongoing pattern of 
producing and presenting work.
         - Artists must NOT be previous recipients of the award. Previous finalists are eligible AFTER A ONE-YEAR HIATUS.
         - Artists must NOT be full-time core faculty or a trustee at Cornish College of the Arts
         - Students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs at the 
time of application are NOT eligible. Those who have completed all degree requirements at the time of application, but have yet to matriculate may be eligible pending verification. Please contact program staff with questions about eligibility. 
Applicants complete the online application requirements (visit for details on image/file preparation and other submission information) by the application deadline. 
They must be sure to chose the medium category to which they are applying: Painting or Open Medium. A panel of three regional arts professionals will review all applications and select four painters and four open medium artists, for a total of eight finalists.
This year's regional jurors are: Francine Seders, owner of the Seattle gallery in her name from 1966-2013; Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland; and Matthew Offenbacher, multi-media artist and 2013 Neddy winner.  
From these eight artists, a single juror--to be announced--from outside the region will review portfolios and visit the eight artists’ studios, ultimately selecting one artist in each category (Painting and Open Medium) to receive the 2017 award. The Neddy Program Director will notify the winners and finalists by telephone within two weeks of the studio visit.

         -  Two 2017 Neddy awardees will each receive $25,000.
         -  Six 2017 Neddy finalists will each receive $1,500.
         -  April 24, 2017 at 10:59PM PST: Open call application deadline.
         - May 2017: Finalists announced.
         - July 2017: Studio visits with final selector and two awardees announced.
         - September 2017-May 2018: Supporting educational programming including talks by and exhibitions of work by Neddy awardees and finalists, and engagement with Cornish students and the public.
2017 Neddy Artist Awards Programs at Cornish College of the Arts
Neddy award offers unrestricted $25,000 awards to artists who demonstrate a distinctive artistic practice or perspective and who engage with the community at large. To deepen the educational impact of these awards, Cornish College of the Arts is excited to undertake a year-long series of events and activities to honor and support the work of the recipients. including, where feasible, making material resources available to the artists. In consultatiuon with the Program staff,  the 2017 Neddy artists will develop educational programs that relate to the artists' interests.  Programming possibilities include, but are not limited to artist talks, studio visits, student critiques, panel discussions, and exhibitions. In addition to these programs, the College hosts an annual Robert E. “Ned” Behnke Lecture, inviting an artist or scholar of stature to a Seattle venue for a talk and discussion of timely issues relevant to the mission of the Neddy Artist Awards.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the application process at email
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 24, 2017, 10:59 P.M. PST
All applications must be submitted online at CaFÉ ( by10:59 pm PST on April 24, 2017. The CaFÉ website will guide applicants through the submission process. Applications sent by mail, submitted in person, or arriving late or incomplete will not be considered.