From Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch: Painter Susanna Bluhm and multimedia artist Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes have won the 2014 Neddy at Cornish Award, Cornish College of the Arts has announced. Each artist receives $25,000 and their work will be shown at the annual “Neddy at Cornish” exhibition beginning Sept. 3, along with pieces by six other finalists for the award.
Bluhm explores the idea of “landscape as a lover and loved one, enmeshed with the paint” in her paintings. She’s represented by G. Gibson Gallery and is a member of the artist-run gallery SOIL, both in Seattle.
Alley-Barnes uses film, text, design, installations and visual art to ponder “the resonance of genetic cultural memory through the mystical and the mundane.” He belongs to a collective, Black Constellation, that includes Shabazz Palaces, Nep Sidhu and THEESatisfaction. Currently, he has work on show at the Frye Art Museum.
Bluhm and Alley-Barnes were selected by curator Aram Moshayedi from Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum. The other finalists were Robert Hardgrave, Kimberly Trowbridge, Claude Zervas, Mark Calderon, Clyde Petersen and Joey Veltkamp.
The Neddy is named after the late Ned Behnke, a Seattle artist and art enthusiast.