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Neddy Artist Awards

2022 Neddy Artist Awards

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  • Budget: $25,000 (2); $2,000 (6)

The 2022 Neddy Artist Award Application Period is Open Now through Feb. 28th!

The Neddy Artist Artist Award is one of the largest artist awards in the Pacific Northwest, this year providing two gifts of $25,000, and six of $2,000, to visual artists living and working in the greater Puget Sound region – eligible counties include Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston, or Whatcom counties in Washington state.

Applications are free and artists may apply in either Painting or Open Medium categories.

Each year, eight finalists are selected by a rotating panel of three Local Jurors. The finalists are split evenly between Painting and Open Medium categories. All winners and finalists will be showcased in a much-anticipated exhibition, this year hosted at Cornish College of the Arts’ new public gallery in South Lake Union, honoring their work and curated by an annually rotating Curator. From the selection of finalists, two grand prize awardees, one in Painting and one in Open Medium categories- are selected by an annually rotating National Juror.

Please find eligibility, program information, and an in depth FAQ on our website.

The Neddy Artist Award program is funded by a grant from the Behnke Foundation and stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts as a tribute to the Seattle painter and teacher Robert E. [Ned] Behnke (1948 – 1989).


  • – Artists must be full-time residents of Washington State, residing in the counties: Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom, and must be permanent residents of the United States.
  • – Artists must be 18years old+, currently NOT enrolled in a degree program, and show a pattern of producing work.
  • – Must be available for mandatory program engagement dates. See application for details- all dates between March-July 2022.

More Information: neddyatcornish.submittable.com