The Neddy at Cornish

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Neddy at Cornish offers some of the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual gifts of $25,000, and six awards of $2,000, to visual artists based in the Puget Sound region. Any artist who is a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident living and working in Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston, or Whatcom counties in Washington state and is currently not enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program is welcome to apply. Each year the program includes an exhibition of all eight artists works, this year featured at the Cornish Playhouse. The award is funded by the Behnke Foundation and stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts as a tribute to the Seattle painter and teacher Ned Behnke (1948-1989).  

The 2019 open call for applications for the Neddy at Cornish is live from Monday, June 3rd 12:00 a.m. until Sunday, July 21st 11:59 p.m. PST.

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See the application guidelines for more information on eligibility and award process.

Please note, we require your availability for mandatory program engagements. The dates for these are: 

A studio visit and interview session with our Curator between Sept. 3rd and Sept. 18th. 

A studio visit with our National Juror between Sept. 19th and Sept. 22nd. 

Artwork available for the exhibition between the end of October and the beginning of January. 

The Neddy at Cornish