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2016 Genius + Neddy Awards

Submitted on September 26, 2016 - 10:31am

Stranger Genius Award

In late May 2016, the nominees for the Stranger Genius Awards were announced. Among them were two of our alums in the art category: Barbara Earl Thomas and Mario Lemafa. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday, September 24, and Thomas was a winner. This is in addition to other awards she has received this year.

Neddy Artist Award

Finalists for the 2016 Neddy Artist Award were announced on June 1. Two School alums were selected for the painting category — Paul Komada (BFA 2000) and Kimberly Trowbridge (MFA 2006) — and Mandy Greer (MFA 1999) was chosen for the open medium category. Their work is included in an exhibition being shown at Pivot Art + Culture in Seattle. It opened on September 15 and will run through October 23. Gallery information is on their website.

In addition to the show of work by all 2016 finalists, there is an adjacent and concurrent exhibition of work by selected past Neddy Artist Award. Among them are these School-related people: Claire Cowie (MFA 1999 + current full-time Lecturer), Victoria Haven (BFA 1989), Eirik Johnson (BFA 1997), Margie Livingston (MFA 1999), Professor Emeritus Michael Spafford, Professor Emeritus Akio Takamori, and Whiting Tennis (BFA 1984).

Several associated events involving our alums are scheduled to take place at Pivot Art + Culture. All are free.

Friday, October 7, 6-8pm

Mandy Greer durational performance titled The Metamorph.

Saturday, October 8, 3-4pm

Claire Cowie in conversation with Davida Ingram about each other's work.

Wednesday, October 12, 6-7:30pm

Then, Now & Next: A Forum on Seattle Art
Discussion involving Mary Ann Peters (MFA 1977) and others.

Friday, October 14, 5-6pm

Paul Komada in conversation with Neddy director and exhibition curator Melissa Feldman.

Saturday, October 15, 3-4pm

Margie Livingston in conversation with Nathan DiPietro about each other's work.

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