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The “Crowd Within” 2020 Neddy at Cornish

March 20, 2021 - March 27, 2021

Promotional image, reading "Crowd Within, 2020 Neddy At Cornish Exhibition," followed by a list of names under "Award Finalists," and the dates "March 10-27, 2021; Jacob Lawrence Gallery." In the background, 10 brightly ornamented, horned heads hang on a wall, each painted in an individual, bright color palette.

Crowd Within
2020 Neddy at Cornish Exhibition

Join us for a public webinar featuring the 2020 Neddy at Cornish award finalists in conversation about their art and practice The event begins with introductions by Carl Behnke and curator Satpreet Kahlon. The webinar will also include a chance for Q&A with the artists.

Please RSVP for this event to receive the link.

Thank you all who entered and congratulations to the grand prize winners and finalists! The finalists are: barry johnson, Carol Rashawnna Williams, Maya Milton, Hanako O’Leary, Kimisha Turner, Marilyn Montufar, Tariqa Waters (Open Medium winner), Anthony White (Painting winner).

This exhibition is a program of the Neddy at Cornish, 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). This exhibition is supported by the @jacob.lawrence.gallery and the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design (@uwsoa).

The Neddy at Cornish Award honors 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.


Wheelchair accessible, Sensory-friendly, ASL interpretation, Braille text, Tactile/touch tour, Assistive listening devices, Service Animals allowed
BIPOC artist(s), Women artist(s)
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
By Appointment


Jacob Lawrence Gallery
1915 Chelan Ln
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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