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PRESIDENT As we move toward the Centennial, how do we take these values embodied in Nellie’s aspirations and bring them into Cornish’s present and future? The Cornish of today is about discovery—alumni last year called it “creating your own ‘now.’” To get to their own ‘now,’ our students are exposed to the inspiring work of other students across disciplines within a collaborative environment. Our enormously gifted faculty are working professionals who mentor students. Visiting artists bring new perspectives to the college throughout the year.

AT THIS YEAR’S CONVOCATION, as I welcomed the new class of 2016, I noted that I am only one year ahead of those students, entering my “sophomore” year as President of Cornish College of the Arts. I have enjoyed every moment of my first year here. I have never been anywhere like Cornish; there is such a strong spirit here. It is a place where, as one student told me last year, “anything is possible.” Cornish is nearly 100 years old—2014 marks our centennial—and there is much about our past that helps us understand our present and our future. Cornish was founded by a fascinating woman, Nellie Cornish. She was a visionary, a word I do not use lightly. A 1941 book about the Pacific Northwest, Farthest Reach calls Nellie “Seattle’s best known citizen outside the boundaries of Seattle.” This is not surprising, because the early Cornish had an international reputation. Nellie was on the move—she was unstoppable—and determined to attract the best faculty she could find from all over the world. She was interviewed on a national radio broadcast in New York, arranged by the distinguished journalist Edward R. Murrow, to talk about Cornish. She believed in teaching all of the arts together and told Cornish students to dream of what could be. She convinced Merce Cunningham to become a dancer (he wanted to be an actor). She provided the kind of ethos where innovative beings like Merce and John Cage—who created the first prepared piano while at Cornish—could flourish. They embraced a way of life that still informs global contemporary art practice in 2012.

Today’s Cornish is about educational excellence for artists, inspiration and caring for each other. We celebrate each student, and help each individual artist develop imagination and fresh ideas. We are about taking artistic risks and being a safe place to do so. At Convocation, I told the students, “As you discover your authentic self, you will be practicing and preparing for your whole life.” Our students will not only “get” jobs upon graduating, they will invent new jobs. Cornish graduates have the most precious job skill of all, creativity without boundaries—and for them, it is a way of life and will be throughout their careers. Artist. Citizen. Innovator. That is the promise we make to our students, that they will enter the next stage of their lives with the ability to be generative artists, participate fully in their communities, and foster change and growth around the globe. This commitment to creativity is at the heart of our new program, Our Creative Society (see page 31). Each Fall, we will explore and celebrate creativity. This will link communities, internal and external, artistic, scientific, business and more—in conversation about the value of creativity in the 21st century. I invite all of you—alumni, parents, donors, community leaders, arts lovers—to become part of Cornish. Attend a performance, visit our gallery, join the exciting conversations we’re launching. I look forward to seeing you on campus. – Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, President


Cover Photo by Robert Campbell (Italian location source photo, Pulchrior


in Luce, 2012).



Real Design in the Real World Cornish Design Students

24 2012–13 On Stage, In the Gallery and More


Films That Quicken the Heart Robert Campbell

28 Summer at Cornish 2012


Changing the Path Catherine Cabeen (DA ’07)

30 Commencement


Throwing in Together Ramiz Monsef (TH ’02)

31 Our Creative Society

10 The Neddy Comes to Cornish Stacey Rozish, Eirik Johnson IMPACT PEOPLE TO WATCH

32 Impact Report to the Community

12 Aleah Chapin (AR ’08)

33 Endowed Scholarships 2011–2012

13 Katie Kate (MU ’09)

34 Annual Fund

13 Brad Shepik (MU ’88)

35 Cornish Parents Fund

14 Jason Simms (PP ’05)

37 Campaign For Cornish

14 Noah Veneklasen (PP ’01)

40 Joshua Green: Donor Profile

CORNISH COMMUNITY 18 Student / Alumni / Faculty Newswire

IN MEMORIAM 41 Mel Strauss, Jesse Jaramillo, Stephen Hazel and Steven P. Walker, III

20 Alumni Newswire 22 Faculty Newswire



IMAGES FLASH ON A CONFERENCE ROOM SCREEN as designers present their work to a business client. Vivid colors, sleek forms and dynamic arrangements are not only eye-catching but energizing to behold. The presentations are striking in their eloquence and clarity, as designers take the client through the development of their ideas from concept and preliminary sketches to color comps and final designs. The client nods, takes notes, and asks thoughtful questions that the designers field with confidence and humor.

Lake Union neighborhood. Its growth has reinvigorated the area, making it a hub for programmers, business people, and innovators of all types. Amazon’s latest development, a new eleven-story office building at 201 Boren Avenue North, provides a unique opportunity for Cornish Design students to share their talents as well as to experience the way that design consultants collaborate on real-world projects.

“The design firm I also work for—IA Interior Architects—is designing the new work spaces for Amazon,” says Cornish faculty member The surprise about this meeting is that the designers are not Dave Kutsunai, who co-teaches a third-year Interior Design Studio professionals but students from Cornish College of the Arts and with Hal Tangen. “Amazon saw an opportunity for innovative the client is, the global online marketplace that, engagement with the community, so we worked with them to use over the past decade, has transformed the way people shop for their latest building project as the basis for our class project to everything from books to electronics. In recent years, the com­ give us a real site and a real client.” pany has built an attractive campus integrated into Seattle’s South


Student presentation. Photo: Winifred Westergard.


Kutsunai and Tangen brought their students together along with students from Jeff Brice’s “Interactive Narrative Environments,” a course in designing systems for physical as well as virtual envi­ ronments. Students were organized into teams of four to design “painted area rugs” for the elevator lobbies of ten floors of the new Amazon building. “The ‘painted rug’ project gave us a design problem that would be relevant to both interior design and graphics students,” says Kutsunai, “Each team needed to understand the existing interior environment, research the client, their culture and their business, and then finally propose design solutions that would be relevant in some way to Amazon.” Student teams were challenged to create designs that would coordinate with the design aesthetic of the interior space, be visually appealing, and hold meaning for those who would experience the “painted rugs” on a daily basis. Teams had to consider how Amazon employees see themselves and what kind of environment would stimulate their creativity, all while supporting their productivity. Amazon is a global company, head­ quartered in Seattle, with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. The student designers had to find ways to translate that into visual terms. They also had to take into account practical con­ cerns such as budget, schedule and technical limitations. Ten winning designs would be implemented on the floors of the new Amazon building. The general contractor on the project, GLY, offered a $1,000 award to the winning team and $250 to the student designer with the best individual presentation. “As a real project, we wanted to expose the students to as many of the professional participants as possible, so they could see how designers work with clients and those who implement their design work,” says Kutsunai. “In this case, Amazon was the client, IA the design firm, GLY the general contractor, and Foley Sign Company the painting sub-contractor.” To prepare students for the challenge, representatives from each of the firms provided guidance and counsel. IA presented the student teams with a general overview of Amazon and their work­ place expectations along with the interior design concepts, design details, and finishes of the building. GLY explained their role in the construction process and how they coordinate all of the various efforts of those needed to implement a project. They provided a project schedule for the students and outlined deliverable expectations. GLY also coordinated the collection and facilitation of information between all parties. Foley Sign Company explained their role as the selected paint sub-contractor

and provided paint specification requirements, project budget guidelines, and design submittal formats for students to adhere to. The resulting “painted rug” designs demonstrate the rich potential for creativity within such structures. One design playfully recreates the dancing footsteps on Capitol Hill with the addition of dog paw prints, hinting at Amazon’s motto “Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History” and its dog-friendly workplace. Another design embraces the aesthetics of graffiti to create an astonishingly vibrant treat­ ment of the company name. And another makes use of the Seattle rain as an image of energy and influence: “A single droplet can create ripples wide and far, and when these collide they do not destroy each other. They merge together and become an inter­ esting array of patterns.” In the end, Amazon selected ten designs for installation as “painted rugs,” and implemented the rest of the designs as wall treatments elsewhere in the building. “All the students learned about collaborating, group dynamics, conflict resolution, designing for a real client, creating an appropriate statement for a specific space, and professional presentation skills,” says Brice. “They performed brilliantly.” “This was a great real world experience for the Cornish students,” says Tess Wakasugi-Don, Project Engineer at GLY Construction. Story Continued on Page 15

Best Team Submission Elizabeth Phillips, Chelsea Haugan, and Mariya Dudyshyn Lara Hirschfeld, Amazon; Elizabeth Phillips and Mariya Dudyshyn, students; Diane Undi-Haga, Amazon; Tess Wakasugi-Don, GLY Construction; Kate Johnson, Amazon; Ryan Keane, GLY Construction. Not shown: Chelsea Haugen

Best Individual Submission Johanna Wattimena Lara Hirschfeld, Amazon; Johanna Wattimena, student; Diane Undi-Haga, Amazon; Kate Johnson, Amazon.


Pulchrior in Luce, still



A GREAT STONE ARCH frames a broad expanse of sky. Sun­ In his recent feature-length film, Pulchrior in Luce (translated from light glazes walls rising up from the cobblestone streets of an Latin as “Beautiful in Light”), visual artist Robert Campbell takes ancient European city. (Is it Florence? Venice? Wait, was that sign the viewer into a world that is at once dreamlike and utterly real. in French?) As if strolling the city streets early in the morning all Foregrounding Western European architecture in all its stone alone, you gaze at the stone walls that surround you, contemplating permanence, while human figures appear as fleeting images the years—centuries—that others have walked here just as you glimpsed through doorways, windows and arches, Pulchrior do. Suddenly, a flicker of movement catches your eye and is gone. in Luce quietly invites you to consider your relationship to place Did someone just pass the window? You watch and wait. A and time and to ponder the very nature of existence. woman reappears, deep in conversation with an unseen someone, then moves away. You’re caught between the temptation to call “A number of people have remarked on this sense of longing in the out to her and the urge to maintain your solitude. You watch a piece,” says Campbell, who created the film over a five-year moment more, catching the barest glimpse of her conversation, period. “I also feel it, but that effect was unplanned as such. The then walk on, intrigued and a little shaken. impermanent and fragile nature of life, and the beauty of that, is one of the motifs I was working with, but only sub-textually. I didn’t wish to dramatize that in any obvious way, but to hint at it. Campbell began shooting images for Pulchrior in Luce in 2007 on


a Nikon D70s while working in Siena, Italy. “A subsequent working “At one meeting early on, while we were looking at our schedules trip in the winter of 2008 to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia for future meetings, Juliette announced that she would be gone yielded more imagery for the project,” he says. “Later that year, for several weeks in August, teaching workshops in Venice and I embarked on a three-week summer photographic excursion Florence,” says Campbell. “I saw an opportunity there, and sug­ to Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy.” gested that Don and I accompany her to Italy in order to provide the project historical context and footage of the eternally stunning “I shot each architectural and environmental element of every scene visual backdrops of Venetian and Florentine art and architecture. as a document of place,” says Campbell. “Inspired by the work Juliette loved the idea, and she managed to raise enough money and words of filmmaker Chris Marker, I wanted each shot of place to pay for the trip. Don and I formed an LLC as partners (Pietra as well as singular objects I would later collage into those spaces Serena Productions), packed up a couple of giant Sony XD-Cams, to meet the requirement of documenting ‘things that quicken tripods, microphones and light kits, flew to Italy, and spent two the heart.’” very hot August weeks documenting Juliette’s activities, getting interviews with students and other artists, and capturing the sights.” Making the film involved painstaking attention to technical detail. Campbell took the images of architecture that he shot on location They returned to Seattle with many hours of footage, and put and peopled them with scenes that he filmed in front of a green together a short trailer that piqued the interest of Watson-Guptill, screen. “I wanted to approach the development of story as per­ haps a poet might, where there are descriptions of place with characters emerging from them in the mind,” says the artist. “So I focused on place first: rather than finding actors and situating them in real places in European locations, which would be both extremely expensive and logistically challenging, I developed collaged spaces using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, and only then decided who I might want to put into those spaces.” “I printed a Blurb book to use as a portable guide for doing the people shots, with a printed page for each shot in the rough edit so I could match camera angles,” he says. “I then arranged a green screen shoot with each person I wished to add to the piece, emulated the light conditions and camera angles of the shots I would eventually collage them into.” While Campbell’s technical prowess is evident in the fluid, crys­ talline imagery of the film, what stays with the viewer is the film’s deep poetic resonance, a childlike sense of seeing and not quite understanding, of being kept apart from what’s really going on. Whether looking through intricate metal grillwork to see nude men ritualistically pouring water into a marble tub, catching sight of a young man dancing alone on a stone street, or discovering a child peering out a window, Pulchrior in Luce invites you to speculate on what may be happening or to simply experience the people and places as objects, beautiful and unknowable. The dynamic tension between artistry and technique is also a key feature of Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier, a DVD that Campbell collaborated on with former KING 5 news anchor and TV journalist Don Porter and classical realist artist Juliette Aristides. The three began meeting in the summer of 2009 to develop a feature-length documentary film about how to see as an artist, and the project grew from there.

the publisher of Aristides’ two previous books—Classical Drawing Atelier and Classical Painting Atelier—who suggested that she write a new book with an accompanying DVD. “Juliette began writing a first draft of what would eventually become Lessons in Classical Drawing,” says Campbell. “We adjusted our vision of the DVD as Juliette reached new stages in her process, scheduling interviews with other local artists, architects, curators, and Juliette herself. Toward the end we scheduled drawing sessions with Juliette and her models in Tenaya Sims’ Georgetown atelier for the how-to portions of the DVD.” The result is a meticulously worked out film that interweaves images of art studios, streets and plazas in Italy, and step-by step-instructional footage with in-process drawings and com­ pleted art work. And it’s presented with such stunning clarity and down-to-earth enthusiasm that even those of us who don’t consider ourselves artists may be tempted to pick up a pencil.

Lessons in Still Drawing, Still


Photo by Tim Summers




ON A HOT AUGUST EVENING in Olympic Sculpture Park, as the jazz-inflected world music of the Kora Band spirals through the air, a group of dancers suddenly materializes. Dressed in colorful hoodies, they move through the park in sensual curves, riffing off the luscious tones of kora and trumpet and pausing here and there for brief solos, duets and trios. They move down, down, down to the pocket beach, where two dancers plunge into the waters of Puget Sound as the company witnesses from the shore, and they all take a bow as the sun sets behind them. It is the kind of audacious and frankly joyful performance that Seattle dance aficionados have come to expect from Catherine Cabeen and Company.


and fresh perspective, not to mention the astonishing technical expertise of the dancers. Cabeen and her dancers can defy gravity and upend your sense of what the human body can do. Beyond the athleticism and aesthetic beauty of the performances, however, CCC creates works for the stage that use dance, visual art, music and sound to speak to the world we live in right now. Wrote Artistic Director Catherine Cabeen (DA ’07) in a recent blog post, “I believe that as an artist I have a responsibility to make work that actively participates in creating the kind of cultural dialogue I want to live in.”

Formed in 2009 to explore what happens “when artists of different mediums collide,” Catherine Cabeen and Company (CCC) quickly

Cabeen was just 15 years old when she entered the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts in 1993. Steeped in classical ballet—she’d taken ballet classes since the age of four— she was suddenly introduced to modern dance, and the experience

earned a name in the Seattle arts community for bold theatricality

was life-changing. At Cornish, she studied Graham technique with

photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis Photo by Tim Summers


the formidable Pat Hon, who brought “intensity, fire, and passion” to the studio, and vernacular dance with Tinka Dailey. “Tinka was the first person I danced for in tennis shoes and a t-shirt,” says Cabeen. “She gave me amazing perspective as a young artist.” “My training at Cornish prepared me to take the wild step, at 17 years old, of moving to New York,” says Cabeen. “After two years at Prep Dance, I was hungry for more. When I arrived at the Graham School in New York, my training served me well.” Cabeen performed with the student company at the Martha Graham School and with Pearl Lang Dance Theater for two years. She then went on to dance with the legendary Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for eight years, frequently taking on the roles Jones had originally created for himself. In 2005, she moved on to the Martha Graham Company, performing Graham’s iconic choreography in powerful female roles. “I put my body in the service of incredible work,” she says. Critics describe her performances as “stunning” and “extraordinary,” and in films of the work it’s impossible to take your eyes off her. Then, leaving rehearsal one day in 2006, she fell down the stairs and broke her foot. Suddenly, she couldn’t dance. And she had no college degree. It was a personal and professional crisis. “I looked at different programs around the country that offered college credit for life experience,” says Cabeen, “and the Cornish Professional Dancers Program offered the best deal. I knew the faculty and they walked me through the red tape.”

Ask anyone in the Seattle area about the Cornish Preparatory Dance Program and you are likely to find a connection. From being an alum of the program to having watched their own chil­ dren grow up in the program to having friends who took classes, Prep Dance is often the first introduction many have to Cornish College of the Arts. In addition to Catherine Cabeen, a few Prep Dance alums include Aaron Loux (a Julliard graduate and now a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group), Sara Beery (who danced with Atlanta Ballet and Karole Armitage in New York), Naomi Glass (who danced with Houston Ballet, taught at Ballet Center of Houston and now teaches in the Cornish Prep Dance program, other local schools and our College Dance department) and Joanna Binney (who attended Cornish College of the Arts, gradu­ ated from Harvard, and now dances in Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre). The aim of the Cornish Prep Dance Program is to ensure that all students experience the joy of movement and develop a lifelong appreciation for dance. Classroom work and performance opportunities instill in each student focus, discipline, account­ ability, efficacy and satisfaction through achievement. The program provides a learning environment for all students interested in receiving classical dance training of the highest caliber. Regardless of students’ aspirations for a professional career or study of dance for recreational enjoyment, our faculty nurtures potential at every level of interest and ability. The Creative Dance/Pre-Ballet courses are designed for students ages four through eight. Ballet Technique offers courses for different age groups, beginning with ages seven through nine and continuing up to ages 15 to 18. More advanced courses in Pointe, Alternate Techniques, Performance are available for ages 12 through 18. Modern classes are also available for three levels, nine through 13, 13 through 16 and 16 through 18.

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In fashioning a career for himself, Ramiz Monsef has always turned the “Self” knob way down. He thinks his best work comes from working with others. His is a taste for collaboration that was instilled at Cornish and led him to success in the company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and with his own rap group, 3 Blind Mice. Now, incredibly, even his collaborations have collaborations: 3 Blind Mice (with Casey Hurt) are developing a new musical with OSF, The Unfortunates.

Rauch wanted him to come to Ashland and take the part of the Player King in their upcoming production of Hamlet. To Ramiz, it seemed like a lot of trouble for Rauch to be calling him in New York for a relatively small part. But the OSF artistic chief explained that he wanted more than Monsef’s acting talents, he wanted to tap his burgeoning talents as a hip-hop writer and performer as well. Ashland wanted to do the whole play-within-a-play in Hamlet as a hip-hop show.

RAMIZ MONSEF (TH ’02) WAS SITTING AROUND at New York’s Chelsea Pier waiting for a call-back for a part on TVs “Law and Order.” He figured he had about an hour to kill. Then his phone rang. On the other end of the line was Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

More tempting. But Monsef had been “blowing up” in The City, as he would put it. He’d gone with MacArthur-Grant-winner Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice from Yale Rep to the Second Stage just Off-Broad­­ way; been in the cast of Betrayed, the Lucille Lortel prize-winner for best Off-Broadway play; toured with Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights; and now he was up for a role on a well-known television show. More than all that, his hip-hop group, 3 Blind Mice, a


Unfortunates. Photo by Jenny Graham.


col­laboration between him and friends Jon Beavers and Ian Merrigan, was just beginning to hit its stride. So Ramiz was not anxious to go back to Oregon. He made a condition to accepting the role that couldn’t possibly be agreed to. “I need something a little bit more to make it worth my while for me to leave what’s happening here,” Monsef remembers saying to Rauch. “I’ve got these guys that I’m working with, and we’ve played a couple of shows, but there’s something really special about what we have going on. I think it would be really cool if you gave us some time to just kind of mess around.”

He wasted no time saying yes. “The decision to go there was sort of an impulsive one, but there was something telling me it was the right one.” Arriving in the fall of 1998, he found exactly what he wanted at Cornish. He discovered that his classes taught a heady combi­ nation of self-sufficiency and consistent group dynamics. One of his favorite classes was Auto Cours. “Every week we had to collaborate and come up with a five- to ten-minute piece .… Now that I’m out in the professional world … I feel like I was given something that a lot of people don’t have, that ability to be a really, really strong collaborator.”

Let’s be clear: he was asking Bill Rauch to bring not only him but his entire crew to Ashland to develop a new work. It’s well worth The world of art opened to Monsef by Cornish spun out into his adding that the Mice had exactly nothing at that moment — not a life away from school. He and his best friend at Cornish, Chris title, not a concept, not even a concept for a concept. But an Johnson, often got together and played the blues. Their favorite amazing thing happened, and it flies in the face of any notion that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is set in its ways: Bill Rauch said yes. Hip-hop’s 3 Blind Mice and theater’s OSF threw in together to develop a brand new musical for the American stage.

tune was the estimable “Saint James Infirmary,” a haunting dirge with an ancient pedigree about a gambler who’s lost his girl to death and expects to follow her under. The song soon had much deeper and darker significance to Ramiz. Not too long after grad­ uating, something happened that a young man should not have to face: his good friend, Chris, took his own life. “That’s when I got serious about making music,” says Monsef. “I had all this stuff inside of me I was trying to understand.”

Collaboration has always been precious to Monsef. Maybe it’s because he felt like an outsider at school, where he just never fit in, never seemed to understand what was going on. He admits to being an angry kid. Things came to a head in high school, when he got kicked out for pushing a teacher and getting “up in his After getting the “okay” from Bill Rauch for the Ashland collabora­ face.” Ramiz’ immigrant father, Mike Monsef, fought to understand tion, Ramiz huddled with his pal and fellow Mouse, Ian Merrigan. what his son was going through. “My dad is very traditional, old Rauch had essentially called Monsef’s bluff and now they had world,” says Ramiz. Mike worked four jobs to support his family in to produce. It was then that Monsef tied it all together in his head. Marin County, near San Francisco. It was not the Marin famous “You know,” Ramiz said to Ian, “I’ve always really wanted to write a for country clubs, hot tubs and mansions, but the lesser known show about ‘Saint James Infirmary.’” Merrigan looked up the song one of boat bums and ex-hippies. His mother, Paula, had a job online and discovered that it was a blues take on an old Irish too, working for the progressive musical organization Bread and ballad about a dissolute soldier titled “The Unfortunate Rake.” Ian Roses. As a boy, Ramiz heard a lot of music, particularly blues said to Ramiz, “We should call this The Unfortunates.” and soul, and met a lot of interesting people. “I grew up around Story Continued on Page 16 Chris Isaacs, Wavy Gravy, Ken Kesey, Joan Baez, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt. … I didn’t understand who they were when I was hanging out with them.” Along with music, Ramiz discovered theater early. Nearby Marin Theatre Company had a youth drama program, and he immedi­ ately found a place he could fit in as part of an art form based on working as a group. “All of a sudden I was in a room with a bunch of people who didn’t judge me, who didn’t think I was weird … we all sort of spoke the same language. … I got bullied a lot. I had to deal with that a lot. I take these theater classes and suddenly I fit in with all these people.” It wasn’t easy with his high school grades—which he admits were awful—but after taking a year off, he was accepted at Cornish.

photo courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Festival



WHEN STACEY ROZICH RECEIVED THE CALL that she was the 2012 Neddy Recipient in Painting, she was trying on shoes at Nordstrom. Flustered and elated, she reported—over the sound of other patrons, intercom announcements, and the rustling of shoe boxes—that she had just been debating with herself about whether to buy the shoes or put them back. “Buy them,” I said. A $25,000 phone call should at least allow for a pair of shoes before the dust settles.

These two artists are the first recipients in the new Neddy at Cornish artist award program. The Neddy itself is not new at all— it has been awarded to artists for 15 years through the generosity of the Behnke Foundation in honor and memory of their son Robert E. “Ned” Behnke, a Seattle painter who died in 1989. In 2011, the Behnke family decided it was time to think about the next era for the award program and issued an invitation to three organizations to submit proposals for becoming the new institu­ tional and administrative home of the program.

Eirik Johnson, the 2012 Neddy Recipient in Open Medium, was in a quieter place when I called. The din about his award came from the rush of electronic activity when the news was revealed. His colleagues from Photographic Center Northwest and Cornish— he is an adjunct instructor in Cornish’s Art department—lit up the internet with ecstatic tweets, re-tweets, Facebook posts, and

Cornish’s proposal was based on a desire to continue the original mission of the Neddy; to honor artists who demonstrate both excellence in their artistic medium and a commitment to the belief that art can foster a more conscious, vital and livable world, while offering new ideas to reflect evolutions in art practices and Cornish’s

emails about how deserved Eirik’s award was.

status as an educational institution.


2012 Neddy at Cornish recipients: Stacey Rozich (Painting) and Eirik Johnson (Open Medium).


The 2012 recipients were chosen after an open process yielded close to 300 applications. They were reviewed by a panel of distinguished arts professionals—Stokley Towles (artist), Barbara Matilsky (curator), and Ken Allan (educator)—who determined a group of four finalists in Painting and four finalists in Open Medium (any medium or combination of media grounded in the visual arts). The two Neddy recipients were named by Ian Berry, Curator at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Sarasota Springs, NY, who reviewed all work and conducted on-site studio visits with each artist. In addition to Rozich and Johnson, the Neddy exhibition for 2012 featured the work of Gala Bent, Cynthia Camlin and Jeremy Mangan in Painting; and James Coupe, Lead Pencil Studio (Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo) and Susie Lee in Open Medium. An accompanying exhibition, Reflections, was curated by Peggy Weiss and featured the work of Ned Behnke.

One of the key features of the Neddy at Cornish will be a yearlong series of programs shaped, in part, by the interests of the annual award recipients. While the Neddy is an unrestricted grant, the artists are invited to participate in conversations about how to link their commitments and practice as artists to the ongoing work of the educational program at the College. The first event, the Neddy at Cornish Annual Lecture, featured the renowned Harrell Fletcher in a presentation and discussion of art and social practice. The Neddy at Cornish program is staffed by Program Director Jenifer Ward, Associate Program Director Cable Griffith and Program Assistant Ellen Ito. The 2013 call for applications will be announced at in the late fall. Top: The Neddy at Cornish exhibition. Bottom Left: The Behnke Family. Bottom Right: Eirik Johnson, selection from the “Barrow Cabin” series, 2010, archival pigment prints. Courtesy of the artist and G. Gibson Galley. All photos: Winifred Westergard.


FEATURE PEOPLE TO WATCH ALEAH CHAPIN (AR ’08) WAS AWARDED FIRST PRIZE at the BP Portrait Award 2012 Awards ceremony for her paint­ ing Auntie, making her one of the youngest recipients of this prestigious global award. Her portrait and the three other finalists’ work were on display at the National Portrait Gallery June 19 through September 23, 2012

Auntie by Aleah Chapin

From the National Portrait Gallery website: “Brooklynbased Aleah Chapin has just completed a MFA in painting at the New York Academy of Art. She gained her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts in her native Seattle and attended a residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany in 2011. A recipient of several awards including the Posey Foundation Scholarship, Judith Kindler and Kyle Johnson Scholarship for Innovation in the Arts, and nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, Chapin’s work has been included in solo and group shows in the US and Europe.


“Her portrait is of a close friend of the family and is part of a series of nude portraits of women Aleah has known all of her life. She says: ‘The fact that she has known me since birth is extremely important. Her body is a map of her journey through life. In her, I see the personification of strength through an unguarded and accepting presence.” From The Huffington Post: National Portrait Gallery Director Sandy Nairne said “Aleah Chapin’s portrait is ambitious and beautifully painted, with superbly controlled colour and tone.” Learn more about Aleah’s work at

Aleah Chapin in her studio. Photo: Eric Swangstu.



Brad Shepik. Courtesy of the artist.

photo by Lori Paulson



If you are savvy to the ways of the Seattle music scene, chances are you have already bumped into one of its hottest up and coming young talents, hip hop producer/MC and Cornish alum Katie Kate (MU ’09). After all, it’s kind of hard to miss her when

Music has always played a big part in Brad Shepik’s life. Since high school, the Seattle native and Cornish alum dabbled in numerous instruments including the alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, double bass and guitar while starting up his

she can be seen on some of the Northwest’s biggest stages. Whether you are hitting up the Sasquatch! or Decibel music festivals, or even Seattle’s renowned Bumbershoot, Katie Kate’s compelling vocal rhythms and sophisticated electronic beats can be felt for miles across the Puget Sound. However, as formidable and dynamic a rapper and vocalist as she has become, Katie Kate’s story might surprise you.

own rock and blues bands. Using money earned from his paper route, Brad frequented record shops to pick up albums from iconic jazz and blues musicians Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk or anything that looked interesting. Brad and his friends even started to book gigs, playing school assemblies, talent shows and parties developing a popular repertoire including favorites Mack the Knife, Cheap Sunglasses, and Blues Brothers tunes.

Born Katie Finn in upstate New York, Katie was what many consider the typical “band geek.” Primarily a flutist, Katie never liked the idea of being limited to just one thing. So, with music imbedded in her soul, Katie armed herself with whatever instruments she could get her hands on. “I was totally that nerdy music kid in school, ever since I can remember. I was in every ensemble I could manage to elbow my way into­—I even played tenor sax in the jazz band (somewhat poorly). I was insatiable. [Music] was a way for me to escape, something very natural that made perfect sense to me and always had.” With a dream of a music career in her head, and living in New York, Katie had an armada of schools and programs almost at her front door. The problem was, the typical music program just didn’t fit her style. “Between New York City and Boston alone there were many, many excellent universities... [and] I would have to audition on flute as my principal instrument. The problem was, I didn’t really want to be a concert flutist. I went on several auditions that ended in tears because the adjudicator could tell I didn’t want to be there. I had a huge variety of interests and skills, and I was so discouraged that the schools near me seemed so... linear.” Waiting for a program to want to see every side of her, Katie finally discovered Cornish. Story Continued on Page 16

However, realizing that he spent all of his time around music, Brad decided that it was going to be almost impossible for him not to commit to being a full time musician. That was when he discovered Cornish. “I was spending all my free time practicing and playing—I wasn’t going to be satisfied if I didn’t pursue it and learn more about how it was put together. Early on, the thing that was attracting me was writing music of my own. I applied to Berklee, NEC and Cornish and ended up receiving a scholarship to Cornish. It was a great opportunity to study with people like Dave Petersen, Jim Knapp and other faculty that I’d seen performing around Seattle ... It was probably when I decided to go to Cornish that I committed to being a musician.” Upon finishing his music degree, Brad moved to New York. Though his first couple years out of school were tough, they ended up being some of his most productive. “When I first moved to New York, I hardly played gigs for a year. I did a lot of odd jobs to pay my rent, but it was still a very fruitful period because I was doing a lot of semi-regular sessions with likeminded musicians, reading and writing our own music.” Those casual sessions, though, eventually coalesced into groups that started out playing little gigs around town. Eventually, they moved Story Continued on Page 16



Noah Veneklasen. Courtesy of the artist.

Dreamless Land. Photo by Rob Strong.



From an early age, Jason Simms knew he wanted to have a career in the arts. While he had a passion for both performing and visual arts, it wasn’t until he started high school that he realized his calling was to design for live theater. Jumping knee

Muse Media Center, the brainchild of co-founder and Executive Producer Noah Veneklasen (PP ‘01) is a unique production company nestled in the creative heart of downtown Emeryville, California. You might be familiar with the Oakland area suburb

deep in set and costume design, the Carson City, NV native never looked back.

for being the home of beloved animation giant Pixar Animation Studios, but its lesser known neighbor across the street has also been climbing the ranks of the commercial and entertain­ ment industry with a reputation as a force to be reckoned with. Before its inception though, its creator had a unique path that took him from Hollywood to Cornish.

A 2005 graduate of the Performance Production department, Jason discovered Cornish after an extensive college search at the recommendation of his teacher. “My high school theater teacher encouraged me to interview and apply to many different schools. After getting accepted to several, Cornish became a clear choice because of its uniqueness. A school that only existed as a nurturing artistic environment unattached to a university or larger school seemed ideal. This is what sets Cornish apart from so many other programs that offer degrees in design for theater. There is no other place like Cornish.” After finishing his degree, Jason moved to New York and con­ tinued to design while completing his MFA from NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. However, like many young artists, transitioning to the professional world was a challenge for Eric. “You suddenly have to create your own life structure after a curriculum provided one for you. My method was to do as much work as I possibly could because the more work you do, the more work you will get ... When everyone gets out of school, they feel very vulnerable and unsure of what the future is going to bring them. I put my faith in the art form and trust that it is going to catch me if I fall, so far it has. I think the lesson is that you get out of it what you put into it.” However, despite the difficulty of transitioning into the real world, Jason believes strongly that the best challenges often result in the best rewards. While acknowledging that even though his first years away from Cornish and NYU were some of his toughest, the professional opportunities and relation­ ships he gained during his school years set him up to be successful. “Since I have graduated from NYU, about 50 percent Story Continued on Page 17


Noah, a Castro Valley, California. native landed in Hollywood straight out of high school. Starting as a grunt set construction worker, he quickly worked his way up to become a Labor Manager. During that time, he worked on several major feature films, including Sphere, which was at the time the largest film ever made, and the Eddie Murphy comedy Metro. Despite building an impressive resume, with a dream to become a producer, Noah made the decision to go back to school to study performance production. “I wanted to get a very broad background, which would make me a better production manager or producer ... I went to Cornish because it was much more hands-on, much more creative, and I was going to get a chance to really do the work. I was all about applied art; using art as your foundation to build an actual, stable career, and I wanted to apply a strong artistic background to a career in entertainment and in film, and that’s how I decided on my path to and through Cornish.” Even while at Cornish, Noah continued to use his experience from Hollywood to build on his impressive body of professional work. “I was meeting with film investors and working with corporate America producing really high-end videos and corpo­ rate events, and a lot of people probably never knew I was working during college doing those things.” In fact, finding the right balance between corporate work and filmmaking—where Noah’s real passion lies—is where the idea of Muse came about. Story Continued on Page 17


REAL DESIGN IN THE REAL WORLD continued from page 3 “They did an outstanding job researching the client, presenting their designs, working within actual project budget and schedule constraints, and collaborating with one another and our subcon­ tractor, Foley Signs. They are the future designers in our industry.” In recognition of the students’ efforts and the collaboration that helped make the project possible, Amazon donated $10,000 to the Design Department at Cornish College of the Arts. The finished project will be a lasting reminder of Amazon’s close ties with the community and a unique addition to the portfolios of the participating students.

CHANGING THE PATH continued from page 7 Cabeen took humanities and science courses at Cornish while her body healed, devoting her time to the study of kinesiology and anatomy in particular. “I had thought of the body as a magical thing,” she says, “but in anatomy class, I learned the science of how it all works. Carla Corrado provided an amazing map of the human body, and I learned how all these things are connected. It helped me use my body more responsibly.” Meanwhile, the Seattle dance community couldn’t help but take notice that Catherine Cabeen was in town, including Hannah Wiley, Artistic Director of Chamber Dance, a resident company at University of Washington that performs and archives significant works of modern dance. “I took advantage of her living in Seattle by asking her to coach my company on a reconstruction of Martha Graham’s Chronicle, in which Catherine had performed,” says Wiley, who describes Cabeen as “an exquisite artist and master teacher [who] engendered trust and risk-taking from the dancers she coached.” A year later, her Cornish BFA in hand, Cabeen was invited to become an MFA student in the dance program at the University of Washington. Beyond dance, her studies included feminist theory, 20th-century history and philosophy. “I used my graduate education to study self-representation as it unfolded for various artists throughout the 20th century,” said Cabeen in a recent interview, “so that I could better understand how to represent my own unique perspective in my own work.” Cabeen expresses a passion for reframing the relationship of dancers to the work. “I want to encourage dancers to think and be present within structure, to train dancers to think for

them­selves. But,” she points out, “most dance jobs involve doing what you’re told. If I wanted to see a change from the tradition of dancers as cattle, I knew that we needed new teaching method­ ologies, the development of the whole self. We needed companies where directors were willing to have a conversation. I wanted to teach virtuosity and have dancers respected as whole people. I wanted to maintain the rigor of form and allow whole individuals.” “I had three clear reasons to start my own dance company,” says Cabeen. “One, I was ready to dance again. Two, I was ready to express myself—I had my own things to say. Three, I wanted to create work that was interdisciplinary.” And in the Seattle arts community, Cabeen met a variety of artists—dancer Sarah Lustbader, composer Kane Mathis, media artist Tivon Rice, and others—who became principal collaborators. Meanwhile, Cabeen’s work caught the eye of On the Boards’ Artistic Director Lane Czaplinski and Regional Programs Director Sean Ryan, both of whom quickly became advocates. Cabeen wrote a proposal for Into the Void, and OtB presented the premiere of this astonishing evening-length work using drag performance, video, sculpture, sound, music, and dance to explore the complex gender politics of postmodern artist Yves Klein. OtB went on to commission her next work, Fire!, which will premiere in January, 2013. “Catherine brings intelligence, integrity and artistic talent to all of her artistic activities,” says Kitty Daniels, Cornish Dance Department Chair. “She is a mesmerizing performer who compels the audience’s attention through her extraordinary physical articulation, emotional honesty and sense of self. As a choreographer, her interest in col­ laborative and cross-disciplinary creation reflects her commitment to the deep inquiry and research that lies at the heart of all artistic exploration. She brings to our Seattle community an extensive professional background and a desire to bridge artistic worlds, fueled by her passion to communicate from deep internal truth.” When asked if she has advice for young dancers, Cabeen quickly says, “Go to college.” Then she pauses for a moment. “Dance is not something everyone has to do. You get to do it if you’re lucky,” she says. “In technique classes and in life, you get to make choices and follow through. Every day you have a new series of choices. You can, with complete integrity, change your path. You’ll be a better dancer and a happier person if you realize that life is series of choices.” If you’ve never seen Catherine Cabeen and Company, go to On the Boards TV online and watch Into the Void. It costs $5 to rent the video, $15 to buy a copy, or you can watch the trailer for free. Better yet, call On the Boards now and reserve tickets for Fire!



THROWING IN TOGETHER continued from page 8 Two years later and after a lot of patience and support from OSF, The Unfortunates has been through two rounds of development and is scheduled for production in the upcoming season. The play has turned into a dark fantasy about a group of soldiers facing execution and taking refuge in singing “Saint James Infirmary.” The play radiates out from that point, deconstructing the song and spinning it into new stories. “We are thrilled to be staging this world premiere because it’s really quite new for us and our audience,” Bill Rauch says. “It’s a musical comic book with super heroes; it’s a play, a musical, a concert, all of those things. The music is soul-stirring, emotion-soaked, tran­ scendent. It will definitely be a ‘not-to-be-missed event.’” If you look up the show on YouTube or Google, you’ll see the writing credit is “3 Blind Mice and Casey Hurt. Monsef’s name is buried in the concept of “crew.” “I like to be a part of something,” says Ramiz. “I don’t feel like I need to be the one out in the middle of it. I just want to be a part of a collection of artists who are working together to make one solid whole that is transformative to an audience, that is cathartic to an audience.”

HIP HOP BEATS, VOCAL PROWESS... continued from page 13 “My audition tape had flute, piano, guitar, vocals, pop songs, even some musical theater. I had no expectation that I would get in. I had kind of resigned myself to a much more depressing fate. When I was accepted I felt an unbelievable sense of relief, but not just relief—hope. They had heard the different sides of me, and I was accepted. It felt like a dream. I was moving across the country and embarking on this great adventure to study music and become an artist. That was a really special time.”

well that success would not fall into her lap, Katie did the only thing she knew how: “to work my butt off, be thankful for every little step, and stay true to myself.” Now, three years later, all of that hard work seems to be paying off. She released her debut album Flatland earlier this year to critical acclaim, much to her surprise. “I had no idea how well it would be received! I kind of half expected it to be something my family and friends bought, and then I’d put out my REAL album later. That entire month after the release show was really amazing. Suddenly I was being praised in papers, articles were written about me, people wanted autographs... it happened really quickly.” Despite quick success, Katie is humbled by being able to remem­ ber the path she has traveled. From the festivals to the album release, “the most rewarding thing about this whole process has been being able to look back at myself as a young woman, prior to Cornish, prior to the rap thing, and really see how far I ’ve come. That’s the beauty of these big events, it really gives me a timeline to see my progress.” Though primarily studying flute and classical piano at Cornish, from her audition Katie demonstrated that diversity and creativity was her true skill as a musician, and that she refused to be defined by one thing. As a result, Katie has blossomed into a multi-faceted musician with a lot to look forward to. In addition to a busy festival performance schedule, Katie is currently working on her next studio album while hinting at a possible tour in the works. Did we forget to mention she is also a member of Seattle’s renowned Gamelan Pacifica ensemble? – Cathan Bordyn

MAKING MUSIC continued from page 13 into recording studios and even embarked on a Europe tour. In fact, Brad’s bands Tiny Bell Trio, Paradox Trio, Pachora, and BABKAS all started from relationships he built in his early years.

Since then, Brad has been working on a slew of new projects. Even then, the road from Cornish didn’t get easier. Like many In 2008, the guitarist was commissioned from Chamber Music musicians with big aspirations, the path less traveled can be America to compose a ten-part suite constructed around the scary. Upon graduation Katie recalls really having to confront the theme of global climate change called the Human Activity Suite. reality of what it would take to achieve her dream. “ I realized Conceived by Brad himself, the project grew out of his desire to that if I wanted to, I could give up music forever. I had to think “connect to how I felt about the earth and the environment we are about my future, and there was the very real possibility of getting creating for ourselves as a result of how we live.” Most recently a ‘normal’ job, not being an artist, not being a professional though, Brad launched his debut album Across The Way in 2011 musician. I allowed myself to really consider this, and it scared with his new quartet, aptly titled the Brad Shepik Quartet. “I start me senseless. It was the perfect way to scare myself straight. to get antsy if I don’t play or write for a while so I don’t wait for the Nobody was going to make this happen for me.” Knowing full muse to tap me on the head. I’ll write things down that pop into my head while walking to the store and finish later when I have time.” 16

He is currently preparing new material for some solo concerts in November and is writing music for a new trio. Despite the new work, he still keeps his old groups fresh and alive with some new tunes in the works for Pachora and the Paradox Trio. Even next year is looking to be a busy one with tours starting for his new quartet, Paradox: George Schuller, Arthur Kell, and Combo Nuvo. Brad currently lives in New York with his family. When not perform­ ing and composing, he teaches at a number of local colleges in the area, including New York University where he also received his masters in jazz performance and composition. – Cathan Bordyn

DESIGNING THE FUTURE continued from page 14 of my work comes from connections made there, another 50 percent comes from connections made at Cornish.” Now a freelance designer in New York and only a handful of years out of school, Jason is on the path to becoming one of the hottest designers in the country. Busier than ever, Jason has now designed over a dozen shows regionally and Off-Broadway, including recent designs for Sweeney Todd at Yale University and—one of his personal favorites—Samuel Hunter’s The Whale at the Denver Center Theatre Company. In recognition of his phenomenal design work, Jason was the recipient of the 2012 USITT Rising Star Award. Sponsored by LDI2012 and Live Design magazine, the annual award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in the areas of scenic, lighting, sound and projection design. The award is given at the beginning of a career to a young designer in the first four years of professional work. Honored by the award, Jason admits the recognition is humbling and, maybe even more importantly, motivating. “There is a sense of responsibility involved with winning such an award because you have to continue to live up to it.”

The creation of Muse allowed Noah to have what he calls a “holistic career,” where one can pay the bills and the other one can ride on the tails of the other. “Muse exists because I do all this corporate work, but the reality of it is that it’s a major tool for all the little independent films I do.” In fact, because of the strong support system Muse creates, Noah can produce passion projects like his film 50/50, a documentary in development that follows a well known relationship writer as she goes on first dates in all 50 states. In addition, because of his background in Hollywood, Noah brings a unique insight even to the corporate work he’s doing. “Most of the work that I do in the corporate world does sort of tie back to the film world. They hire me not because I am Mr. Corporate America, but because I can bridge the gap between corporate America and Hollywood.” This diversity is definitely evident in one of his most recent projects when he was hired by Google to help launch their new Google Glasses. Viewed by more than 10 million people, Noah coordinated and filmed a stunt team of sky­ divers, bike jumpers and rappelers to jump out of a blimp and land on a building in San Francisco and then ride into a convention center to deliver the first pair of glasses to Google’s CEO. Noah has three pieces of advice for aspiring artists. The first is to learn as much as you can about all sides of your industry. “The more you know about what everyone else is doing, the better you’ll be at whatever your specialty is.” The second is not be afraid to work for free. “Never hesitate to solicit a mentor relationship with some­body, because those are the people you will most likely work with and take over for.” Most importantly, he advises artists to “never let anyone tell you that art isn’t a real career or there is no way to apply art in the real world ... Given a little creative thought, there is always a way.” Noah currently lives in Oakland, California, with his lovely wife and two kids. More information about Muse Media Center can be found at

– Cathan Bordyn

APPLIED ARTS AND FILMMAKING continued from page 14 “I started Muse because I was doing a ton of work for Oracle, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft—and you name it—and I needed a home base both for that and the film production I was doing. Even though I’m also doing relatively well-funded films, the reality is that you can’t really make a living on just that, and also those projects only come around every two to three years, so what do you work on in between?” 17


CORNISH COMMUNITY The relationships among artists—students, alumni and faculty— are integral to what makes Cornish College of the Arts so distinctive. Cornish faculty members are working artists and, from the beginning, become strong mentors to our student artists. They also become colleagues, creating art together.

CORNISH WAS WELL REPRESENTED at The Stranger’s annual Genius Awards. Ellen Forney (DE faculty) received the Genius Award for Literature. Nominees included Dan Webb (AR ’91) and Sarah Bergmann (AR ’99) in visual art and THEESatisfaction (Catherine Harris-White, MU ’08) in music. The local theater scene, particularly, was filled with examples of the Cornish community working together. Theater Department Chair Richard E.T. White directed John Logan’s Red at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company, featuring Denis Arndt and Connor Toms (TH ’01). During the summer and fall he also directed developmental work­ shops for a new play about Seattle rock ’n roll by faculty member Gretta Harley (MU and TH) and singer-actress Sarah Rudinoff entitled These Streets, with a cast that includes Samie Detzer (TH ’10), Terri Weagant (TH ’04), Eden Schwartz (TH ’11), John Q. Smith (TH ’95), and Evan Crockett (TH ’12). Look for the production at ACT Theatre in February 2013.

Ezra Dickenson. Photo by Tim Summers.


Runner by Dan Webb.

The repertory company for Intiman’s 2012 Summer Theater Festival included actors Timothy McCuen Piggee (TH Faculty), Carol Roscoe (TH Faculty), Marya Sea Kaminski (TH Faculty) and Fawn Ledesma (TH ’11). Working as performance interns were Jonathan Crimeni, Drew Highlands, Jonathan Pyburn, and Angela Rose Sink (all TH ’13). The creative team included costume staff Michelle Grimm (Staff/Costume Shop Technician), properties intern Megan Tuschoff (PP ’13), stage management intern Holly McNeill (PP ’13), and producing/directing interns Kayla Walker, Sara Peterson and Quinn Armstrong (all TH ’12). Wade Madsen (DA Faculty) choreographed Romeo and Juliet. Greg Carter, artistic director of Strawberry Workshop Theatre, is a member of the Performance Production faculty. The two most recent productions included a variety of Cornish artists. Stranger Genius Award-winner Gabriel Baron (TH ‘00) directed Accidental Death of an Anarchist with a cast and crew that included Claire Branch (PP ’10), Reed Nakayama (PP ’07), MJ Sieber (TH ’01) and Rhonda J. Soikowski (TH ’00), as well as current students Ashley Bryant (PP ’15), Kathleen Le Coze (PP ’13), Gabrielle Strong (PP ’13) and Annsofie Wikegard (PP ’14). This Land: Woody Guthrie included Katherine Stromberger (PP ‘12) singer/puppeteer; Gabrielle Strong (PP ’13) stage manager; Kayla Walker (TH ‘12) singer/puppet­ eer; Don Darryl Rivera (TH ’06) singer/puppeteer; Sheila Daniels (TH faculty) singer/puppeteer; Reed Nakayama (PP ’07) projection designer; Greg Carter (PP faculty) director/ designer; Ron Erickson (PP faculty) costume designer; and Rob Burgess singer/puppeteer, husband of Melanie Burgess (PP faculty). Cornish alums and faculty were all over two timely plays in Seattle, 99 Layoffs at ACT and Foreclosure at New Century Theatre Company, both written by Vincent Delaney (TH ’82–’84). 99 Layoffs featured Theater faculty member Aimee Bruneau

TheeSatisfaction. Photo by David Belisle.

Aimée Bruneau as Tamara in 99 Layoffs. Photo by Armen Stein.

on stage and set design Montana Tippett (PP). The workshop production of Foreclosure was directed by Theater faculty member Makaela Pollock and starred Peter Dylan O’Connor (both PP faculty and alum) and MJ Sieber (TH ’01).

Snake, featuring alumni Noah Benezra, Jessie Underhill, and Heidi Korndorffer and current senior Angela Rose Sink; Sandbox Radio Live, featuring T-Minus, written by playwriting instructor Elizabeth Heffron; Maximum Velocity with Amy O’Neal (DA ’99), Kate Wallich (DA ’10) and Markeith Wiley (DA A new performance ensemble, soikowski research | performance 2006–2010); and the rap duo THEESatisfaction, Catherine (srp), founded by Cornish faculty and alum Rhonda J. Soikowski Harris-White (MU ’08) and Stasia Irons. On the visual arts side, (TH ‘00), examines and investigates the gaps in the artistic process involved with Elvistravaganza are Diem Chau (AR ’02), Rich that may be detrimental to the personal wellness of art makers, Lehl (AR’93), Sean Hurley (AR ’07), Tatjana Pavicevic (AR ’05), then seeks to fill, bridge, eliminate, or simply illuminate them. Their faculty member Ellen Forney and former faculty Joe Park and first public offering, at capacity, is an exploration of the issues Joey VeltKamp. that currently arise for artists utilizing heightened emotional energy in performance and the development of long-term practices Included in Velocity Presents: The Fall Kick-Off + BIG BANG! Remix in order to maintain personal emotional wellness. The ensemble were Markeith Wiley (DA 2006–2010), current student Matt includes alums Brenda Arellano (TH ’04), Kate Huisentruit Drews, and alums Sarah Butler (DA ’12), Ezra Dickinson (DA (TH ’01), Alianna Jaqua (TH ’99), Gina Malvestuto-Fitzgerald ’07), Alicia Garcia (DA ’12), Amy Johnson (DA ’11), Molly (TH ’01), Pilar O’Connell (TH ’12), Tim Smith-Stewart (TH ’10), and Sydney Tucker (TH ’12). Lisa Norman just completed coaching text for upstart crow collective’s all-female production of Titus Andronicus, with fellow Theater faculty Amy Thone, Rhonda Soikowski, Terri Weagant (TH ’04) and Sarah Harlett and alums Nicole Merat (TH ‘12) and Donna Wood (TH ’11). Last spring she also appeared in the ACT Young Playwrights’ Festival along with Kate Myre (TH faculty) and Tim Smith-Stewart (TH ‘10). She continues to support and work with Orion Out Loud, a writing program for homeless youth created and directed by alums Tim Smith-Stewart, Carol Thompson, Samie Spring Detzer and Sarah E. R. Grosman (all TH ’10). Cornish theater artists were joined by musicians, dancers and visual artists at Bumbershoot 2012. In addition to Katie Finn (MU ‘09), AKA Katie Kate, Cornish was represented by LG Cabaret— JUST Dance by Live Girls! Theater, founded by Meghan Arnette (TH ’97); the Washington Ensemble Theatre production of Bed

Richard E. T. White and Cornish students Red.

Sides ( DA ’10), Callie Swedberg (DA ’10), Kate Wallich (DA ’10) and Belle Wolf (DA ’08). Cornish faculty members and instructors participating included Iyun Ashani Harrison, Assistant Professor; Alia Swersky, faculty; and KT Niehoff, former adjunct instructor. Among other participants were Maureen Whiting, who has choreographed for Cornish Dance Theater, and Erica Badgeley, an alum of the Cornish Preparatory Dance program. Ashani Dances, a newly formed, 17-member dance company directed by Cornish faculty member Iyun Ashani Harrison launched its debut season this June. Ashani Dances’ mission is to explore places where “finesse” confronts raw athleticism and “beauty” distorts into palpable emotional expression. Among the company members are Rebecca Kalnasy (DA ’12), Camryn Kelly (DA ’12), Babette McGeady (DA ’13), Sam Picart (DA ’13), Sean Rosado (DA ’15), Kelton Roth (DA ’12) and Autumn Tselios (DA ’13).

Kayla Walker and Don Darryl Rivera at the Straw Workshop. Photo by John Ulman.


CORNISH COMMUNITY—ALUMNI NEWSWIRE 2012 As an outgrowth of her design BFA project, Heather Nicewonger (DE ’12) started SafeCupboard, a non-profit whose mission is to generate awareness of allergen-free foods and resources. 2011 In June, Seattle-based Fruition Productions premiered Watermyth, an exciting new work by Katherine Jett (TH ‘11). Though originally founded in 2008, Fruition will be launching its first official season this fall. 2010 Major Scales (aka Richard Andriessen TH ’10) per­ formed with Jinkx Monsoon (aka Jerick Hoffer TH ’10) in Freedom Fantasia, a drag, cabaret, music, burlesque and contemporary dance packed extravaganza with a healthy dose of patriotic flair, all this while pointing out the often-ironic misconceptions that Americans have about their own country’s history. Jerick Hofer (TH ’10) also received critical acclaim for his roles in Rent at The 5th Avenue Theatre and Spring Awakening at Balagan Theatre. James James (TH ‘10) recently lent his voice talents to Audible Inc, narrating David Callahan’s new book Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. The audio book was released in July. Charles Spitzack (AR ‘10) spoke to Seattle-based CultureMob, a national news and blog website covering the arts, about the struggle of balancing work, life and recent success as an artist. Since leaving Cornish, Charlie’s work has been focused primarily in woodblock prints, monotypes, etchings and lithography.

Gerald Ford (TH ’10) wrote and performed his solo show El Ultimo Coconut at Annex Theatre Company in August. 2009 During Spring 2012, John Ruzel, (AR ’09) participated in the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, one of the largest artist residency programs in the West. Catherine Harris-White (MU ‘09) and her THEESatis­ faction rap counterpart Stasia Irons were invited to play a concert in New York with Jazz-Rap group Shabazz Palaces in July. The pair also guest appeared on Shabazz Palaces’ recent album Black U and debuted their first album, awE naturalE. 2008 Seattle’s own Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre (QTET) developed and launched their new show Beyond Boxes at the Washington Ensemble Theatre last June. Led by theater alum Jessica Hatlo (TH ’08), QTET is a unique program giving voice and artistry to LGBTQ youth in the Seattle community. Produced with Washington Ensemble Theatre, QTET is a city-wide summer theater workshop that provides a creative outlet for queer teens and their friends to express who they are and where they come from. Diana Huey (TH ’08) performed in Rent at The 5th Avenue Musical Theater and It Shoulda Been You at Village Theatre. 2007 Ezra Dickinson (DA ’07) was the topic of a January 20 story in The Seattle Times, “Local Dance, Ezra Dickinson: What Can’t He Do?” and featured in the April issue of CityArts magazine.

2005 Josh Neumann (MU ‘05), Brandi Carlile’s cellist, is heard on her fourth album Bear Creek on Columbia Records. 2004 Portland’s Floating World Comics hosted World Within The World, an art exhibit and book release party by Julia Gfrörer (AR ’04). The month-long art exhibit included Julia’s original comic pages and illustrations. She also debuted her latest comic, the first chapter of Black Is The Color, recently nominated for an Ignatz award. 2003 Mallery Avidon (TH ’03) wrote breaks & bikes, a play that examines the unexpected events that force us to look up from our phones and rediscover the people who have ended up in our lives, for Chicago’s Pavement Group. Joshua Conkel (TH ’03) made his UK debut as a play­ wright this year in London as a part of the award-winning Finborough Theatre Summer Season with the world premiere of his new dark comedy The Sluts of Sutton Drive. 2002 Megan Hill (TH ’02) is starring in a new web series ME + U: Us Against the Small Stuff is a fun and short episodic comedy about a couple in New York. Through a few snapshots stolen from their life, we discover how much they love each other, and how as multiple challenges arise every day, even when they disagree most, they end up finding a certain way to resolve everything­—their way.

Julia Gfrörer (AR ’04).

Megan Hill (TH ‘02) in ME + U: Us Against the Small Stuff. Photo by Kantarama Gahigiri.

The Man the Sea Saw by Wolfe Bowart (TH ’87).


Danielle Agami’s new dance company Ate9. Photo by Tim Summers.

Elizabeth Conner’s (AR ‘86) art piece in Jefferson Park.

2001 Local actor, director and filmmaker, MJ Sieber (TH ’01) has been working on a documentary film examining the human toll of unemployment in America. Aptly titled Not Working, the documentary will come out later this year. A companion book, by DW Gibson, was released as well. 1998 Toby Hanson (MU ’98), together with his band mates and lead singer Kristi Nebel, are busy performing all over the Northwest as Cowgirl’s Dream, the newest take on a time-worn tradition of country swing music. 1996 Since graduating from Cornish, Kim Marking (AR ’96) attended and received her MFA degree in sculpture from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. After com­ pleting graduate school, she worked for IKEA as an interior designer for 12 years and is currently self-em­ ployed as a freelance consultant for global IKEA as an interior designer, specializing in new store projects. 1991 Lisa Carswell (TH ’91) played Mrs. Venable in Theatre 9/12’s riveting production of Tennessee Williams’ oneact Suddenly, Last Summer. Greg Kucera Gallery, Inc. hosted Destroyer, an exhi­ bition by Dan Webb (AR ’91). In addition to a few resin works, the work in this exhibition marked a break­ through in scale with five large-scale, carved-wood sculptures. The title of the show refers to the destructive choices and results brought about by the act of creation.

1987 The Man the Sea Saw, by the physical theatre creator Wolfe Bowart (TH ’87), was nominated for a 2012 Helpmann Award® in the category of best visual or physical theatre production. The pre-eminent annual event of the Australian theater calendar, the Helpmann Awards will be announced September 24 at the Sydney Opera House.

Danielle Agami’s new dance company Ate9, which includes alums Sarah Butler (DA ’12), Matt Drews (DA ’13), Chantael Duke (DA ’13) and Kate Wallich (DA ’10), performed in the company’s inaugural performance Sally Meet Stu in residence at Velocity Dance Center.

1986 Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs hosted an official dedication of Elizabeth Conner’s (AR ’86) public art piece, Painting and Sculpting the Land and Drawing the Land, at Beacon Hill’s Jefferson Park in July.

Jericho House, a new full length animated feature film by Seattle’s Blue Forge Productions, will showcase the vocal talents of several Cornish alumni. Evan Crockett (TH ’12), Angela Hughes (MU ’13) and Kaila Towers (TH ’12) will each be sharing their vocal prowess on the big screen in 2013, when the film is expected to debut in the festival circuit.

1983 Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle, a new play by Rose Cano (TH ’83) had its debut in a staged reading at Seattle’s REPRESENT! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival. Developed through Seattle’s Latino theatre company, eSe Teatro, Don Quixote &

Cornish design students participated in Russia Rising: Votes for Freedom, an exhibition at New York’s School of Visual Arts that responds to the recent political turmoil in Russia. The exhibition includes over two dozen contributors, including internationally known designers Yossi Lemel and R.O. Blechman. Among the contrib­

Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle is inspired by Rose’s work as a Spanish language Medical Interpreter at Harborview Hospital. Her play, based on the 16th century icons by Miguel de Cervantes, examines a strained healthcare system and the intersection between homelessness, mental health and chronic inebriation among Latinos.

utions are designs from four Cornish students, Emily Firebaugh (DE ’13), Allison Hefely (DE ’14), Alexandria Lopresti (DE ’13) and Derek Vander Griend (DE ’13) who were selected as part of the exhibition.

WORKING ACROSS YEARS Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It included Ray Gonzalez (TH ’97), Hannah Mootz (TH ’11), Peter Dylan O’Connor (TH ’94), Donna Wood (TH ’11) and Jake Ynzunza (TH ’12).

Rhonda J. Soikowski (TH ’00) in Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Strawberry Theater Workshop. Photo: John Ulman.

Jerick Hoffer (TH ‘10) in Rent. Photo by Mark Kitaoaka.

Rose Cano (TH ‘83). Photo by Hugo Ludena, Latino Cultural.

Mallery Avidon (TH ‘03). Poster design by Luke Williams.


CORNISH COMMUNITY—FACULTY NEWSWIRE Judy Allen (AR) exhibited her work in a group show at the G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle this past June and July. She will be showing work at the Columbia City Gallery in October. Byron Au Yong (H&S) received a 2012 Time Warner Fellowship. He was artist-in-residence at Rutgers University and White Oak, taught composition at the Regional Taiko Gathering in Portland and served as a workshop leader for Creative Capital in Detroit, Fort Collins, Nashville and New Orleans. Byron’s musictheatre hybrid Stuck Elevator premieres in San Francisco’s historic Geary Theater next April 2013. Carla Corrado (DA) taught an Injury Prevention Work­ shop for the 2012 Seattle Mark Morris Summer Intensive and classes in Dance Anatomy and Injury Prevention for the 2012 Cornish Summer Dance Program. She served as physical therapist for the Corella Ballet’s 2011 Seattle performances and with Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is a member of the Seattle Dance Medicine Journal Club. She attended the 2012 Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium. Dance Department Chair Kitty Daniels taught at the Dance Fremont 2012 Contemporary Summer Dance Program and at the 2012 Bill Evans Dance Teachers Intensive at SUNY/ Brockport, N.Y. She presented Technique Class Participation Strategies for Injured College Dance Students at the 2011 meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Washington D.C, and Teaching Turnout to Dancers at the 2012 meeting of the Performing Arts Medical Association in Snowmass, Colorado. She also presented a lecture on Teaching Dancers During the Adolescent Growth Spurt at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Teachers Seminar, and Teaching Alignment and Core Support at the Creative Dance Center’s Dance Educators Workshop. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and is serving as Vice-President of the Council of Dance Administrators. Chuck Deardorf (MU) played bass in the rhythm section that accompanied trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Jiggs Whigham and guitarists Graham Dechter and Bruce Forman at Jazz Port Townsend in July. Joining Deardorf in the rhythm section were Tamir Hendelman (piano) and Rodney Green (drums). Deardorf was also featured in pianist George Cables’ trio with Matt Wilson (drums) at the Upstage in Port Townsend. Other musical activities of note last summer were shows with New Yorkers Eric Alexander (saxophone) and George Colligan (piano). Julie Gaskill (AR) exhibited paintings this year at Gallery 110’s Annual Juried Exhibition in February in Seattle (2nd Prize Award), at the CVG Gallery Fifth Annual Juried Show, January through February in Bremerton, and at Bastyr University in June in Kenmore, WA (Honorable Mention). Iyun Ashani Harrison (DA) premiered a new work, For Christine With Love, for the 2012 Full Tilt concert. His dance And From Your Shadow I Will Fly was presented


at a regional American College Dance Festival by Hen­ derson State University. His new company Iyun Ashani Harrison/Ashani Dances presented four dances on the company’s debut season in June 2012. The company also presented Union at the 2012 BOOST Dance Festival. Iyun joined the Seattle Dance Project, performing in their January 2012 season at ACT. He danced as guest artist/title role in Dance Fremont’s production of The Steadfast Tin Soldier and as guest artist in Ballet Northwest’s 2012 Spring Gala. He returned to the ballet faculty of the Ailey School for their 2012 summer intensive.

Lodi McClellan (DA) served as moderator for a postperformance discussion of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Legacy Tour at the Paramount Theater. She taught in the 2012 Cornish Dance College Prep Intensive, and taught dance writing in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Ballet Summer Intensive. She continued research for an article about the history of the mirror in dance.

The Washington Rogues, a Washington D.C.-based theater company made their triumphant return to the Capital Fringe Festival with Mitzi’s Abortion by Elizabeth Heffron (TH), which received ACT Theatre’s New Play Award in 2005, and had its world premiere at ACT in 2006. Elizabeth will also debuted her new play Bo-Nita at Portland’s JAW: A Playwrights Festival this summer. Selected from a national search, Bo-Nita was featured as a part of the mainstage series at the 14th annual Just Add Water festival.

Timothy McCuen Piggee (TH) made his Broadway debut as Agent Bill Cod in Catch Me If You Can and was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for the University of Utah College of Fine Arts.

Christine Juarez (DA) choreographed Carmen for the Vashon Opera and The Tender Land produced by Northwest Lyric Opera. She was Artistic Director for Dance Vashon Allied Arts’ productions of The Nut­ cracker and Giselle. She was an artist-in-Residence for Washington State, exploring beach life through movement with first-grade students. New faculty member and alum (MU ’93) Pacific North­ west violinist, violist, and composer Eyvind Kang is a leading figure on the chamber-jazz and progressiverock scenes, Kang performed and recorded with such rock, pop and jazz artists as John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Beck, Sunn O))) and Marc Ribot. On his recent solo CD, Narrow Garden (Ipecac), Kang explores haunting realms and Arabic meters. In the spring, Alyssa Keene (TH) spent several weeks in France, first to engage in voice studies at the Roy Hart Center in Thoiras, then to western France to retrace her grandfather’s escape during WWII. Alyssa was featured on Radio France and several French news­ papers. In Seattle, Alyssa coached dialects for ACT and starred in Reckless at Theater Schmeater and Rosen­crantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Seattle Public Theatre. In September, Patrick LoCicero (AR) showed his Bird Portraits exhibition at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle. Wade Madsen (DA) toured to Los Angeles and Austin, Texas in Dayna Hanson’s work Gloria’s Cause. He taught for the 30th year at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop where he created dances for students and for the Interweave Dance Company. He completed his Gyrotonic ™ trainer certification. Velocity Dance Center honored Wade for his many years of out­stand­ ing teaching, choreography and dance mentorship in the Seattle dance community.

Kathi McCormick resigned from her position as Director of the Preparatory Dance Program. Steve Casteel was named as her successor.

Kate Myre (TH) recently participated in a Roy Hart voice workshop entitled Ecstatic Voice and Lamen­ tation taught by Marya Lowy. Additionally, she spent a week in Maine with Master Linklater voice teacher, Natsuko Ohama, founding member of Shakespeare and Co., and attended a two-week Roy Hart Voice Work intensive this fall in France with Cornish colleague Alyssa Keene. Barbara Noah (AR) was awarded the 2011 Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement from Artist Trust. Her work was included in the Seattle As Collector show at the Seattle Art Museum. She was also recently added to the Jon and Mary Shirley Collection. She is working on the conclusion of her Likely Stories series, after which she will be doing research and development on a new body of work. Lisa Norman (TH) was a participant in a Shake­ spearean text workshop with Scott Kaiser of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Heather Dew Oaksen’s (AR) documentary film, Minor Differences premiered in October at the Northwest African American Museum. The production is documented at Becci Parsons (DA) taught Feldenkrais master classes at the 2012 Seattle Mark Morris Summer Dance Intensive. Kathleen Rabel (AR) has been an artist-in-residence at the seventh century Abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno in southern Italy since 1997 with Stephen Hazel (former Cornish Art Department faculty member) Almost every year since then, they have returned in the early summer to bring workshops in art to the young people and artists of the region. This year they completed a 15-year ceramic project, The San Vincenzo Vase, and also gave a watercolor workshop for the youth of the Molise region. Jovino Santos Neto (MU) performed across the region in September, including at the Whittier Theater in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, in For the Soul, a duo concert with Estonian bassoon virtuoso Martin

Kuuskmann; at Vito’s in Seattle with the Jovino Santos Neto Trio with Tim Carey (bass) and Jeff Busch (drums/percussion) and at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Lopez Island with The Jovino Santos Neto/Chuck Deardorf Duo. He also premiered his orchestral piece, All Nations, composed for the 10th anniversary of the All Nations Soccer Cup and sponsored by 4Culture at Volunteer Park. He recently wrote this piece for a 20-piece orchestra (strings, woodwinds, brass and rhythm section), which featured some of Seattle’s best musicians, including Hans Teuber, Tom Varner, Beth Fleenor, Samantha Boshnack, Paul Taub, Tim Carey, Mark Ivester, Chris Spencer and many more. Dan Shafer (DE) headed two creative community projects this year. His “Color Theory” classes and design faculty Beanne Hull, Jenny Sapora painted more than 30 4-foot by 8-foot murals for the Wood­ land Park Zoo’s annual Jungle Party benefit. Students worked in pairs and selected one of five animals that the zoo was highlighting for the fundraiser, “Borneo to Bali.” In addition to the animals, textile patterns from Southeast Asia were integrated into the student’s designs. Students from Dan’s “Book Design I” class taught dropin bookmaking workshops to children and teens at eleven Seattle Public Library branches this summer, in partnership with the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Students involved in the project were Gabriela Ayala (AR), Kelsey Rogers (PP) and Ella Shkurina (DE). Acclaimed Harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree (MU) made her concert debut on Vashon Island at a special benefit concert in June at the Church of the Holy Spirit benefiting the music ministry of the Episcopal church. The church is currently in the midst of celebrating its centenary anniversary. Christine Sumption (H&S) is the dramaturg for Cheryl L. West’s play Pullman Porter Blues which opened the 50th anniversary season at Seattle Repertory Theatre. As Resident Dramaturg at Hedgebrook, she led the 2012 Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival in May.

Hedgebrook Plays, Volume 1, which she co-edited with Liz Engelman will be published by Whit Press this fall. She is also co-curator (with Anita Montgomery) of the Construction Zone, a new play reading series at ACT Theatre. In June, under the direction of the Seattle Symphony’s new music director, Ludovic Morlot, pianist Cristina Valdes (MU) performed with the Seattle Symphony for a special chamber concert in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall featuring selections from com­ posers Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ravel. Deborah Wolf (DA) received a 2011 4Culture Individual Artist Project Grant which will support a work for the 2012 Men in Dance Festival that will incorporate sculptural pieces by Michele dela Vega (DA ’97). She taught in the Cornish College 2012 Dance College Prep Intensive, and the 2012 Dance Fremont summer program. She staged Blue Decorum for the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, choreographed a new dance, BC Blues, for Eastside Moving Company and choreographed a new dance for Evoke Production’s 2012 Full Tilt. She also choreographed a solo for a senior in the 2012 Dance BFA Concerts. She adjudicated the 2012 University of Washington Dance Majors concert. STAFF Carolyn Hopkins (Admission) was featured in group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and Seattle. She curated and participated in a collaborative exhibition at Soil titled Sticks and Stones with artists Anthony Sonnenberg and Emily Nachison. Her work was included in the Fiber Biennial at the Bellevue Arts Museum this fall. She was awarded and attended a residency at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming in April and in the coming year, her work will be featured in the SAM Gallery window. She continues to develop new work in her Vashon Island studio.

role of Vi Moore in Footloose: the Musical at Kitsap Forest Theatre. She worked under the direction of Ken Michels and was thrilled to share the stage with Cornish theatre student Nicholas Martin who played Bickle. Dance Department accompanist Ben Morrow per­ formed with Trip the Light, Life in a Blender, the Jazz Police, the Toucans Steel Drum Band, Scott Lindenmuth, Esteban and others throughout the greater Seattle area. He also performed in musical productions of South Pacific (Lyric Light Opera) and Hairspray (Nathan Hale High School). He ac­com­ panied classes at Velocity’s Strictly Seattle. Ben released his solo percussion EP Shadow Benny, featuring compositions inspired by accompanying dance classes. He recorded drums on and coproduced Trip the Light’s debut album I Feel Great. Angela Rinaldi, Dance Department accompanist, was musical director and choreographer for Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. at Bellevue High School and choreographed Once Upon a Mattress for Bellevue’s Chinook Middle School. She released her new single MAMA, the song she wrote for her now deceased mother. As co-founder of Variety Plus, Angela composed, music directed, choreographed and performed in their original adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin. Angela is a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children’s Theatre, teaching musical theatre classes year-round. She also taught in Spectrum Dance Theatre’s summer camps. She is a company member of Events on the Edge, performing interactive murder mysteries aboard the Royal Argosy. Preparatory dance department administrative assistant Christine Weh performed with Chimera Dance Theater at Velocity Dance Theater in choreography by Sarah Lofgren. She taught at The Dance School in Everett.

Laura Lynn Horst, graduate residence hall director, spent the summer assistant directing and playing the

Chuck Deardorf (MU) at Jazz Port Townsend. Photo by Jim Levitt.

Heather Dew Oaksen’s (AR) documentary film, Minor Differences.

Kathleen Rabel’s (AR) watercolor workshop. Photo by Kathleen Rabel.

Zak, Oil on Board, 24” x 24” by Julie Gaskill (AR).




TOP LEFT: Cornish Opera Theater, Fall 2011. La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’Alcina by Francesca Caccini. Stephen Stubbs, Music Director; Anna Mansbridge, Stage

Director and Choreographer. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis. TOP RIGHT: Cornish Dance Theater, Spring 2012. Divided, choreography by Rhonda Cinotto. Photo: Chris Bennion. BOTTOM: Opening reception for INK ON PAPER: The Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection at Paper Hammer. Photo: Winifred Westergard.


TOP LEFT: Work in Progress, by SuttonBeresCuller. TOP RIGHT: H&S field trip. BOTTOM LEFT: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Rupert Holmes. Directed by Richard Gray and

Kathryn Van Meter. Theater and Performance Production, Spring 2012. Photo: Chris Bennion. BOTTOM LEFT: Cornish Dance Theater, site-specific work, I-5 Colonnade Park. Beneath Our Own Immensity, choreography by Alia Swersky. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis. Photos by Winifred Westergard.




TOP LEFT: Cornish Dance Theater, Spring 2012. Subway Stories: Dances On the ‘A’, choreography by Iyun Ashani Harrison. Photo: Chris Bennion. TOP RIGHT: Fall 2011, Art

Foundation Runway Show. Photo: Winifred Westergard. BOTTOM: BFA Art + Design Show, Spring 2012. Photos: Winifred Westergard.


TOP: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Rupert Holmes. Directed by Richard Gray and Kathryn Van Meter. Theater and Performance Production, Spring 2012. Photo: Chris

Bennion. MIDDLE LEFT: Dawn Cerny. MIDDLE RIGHT: Nicole Mitchell and the Cornish Big Band. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis. BOTTOM: Kathleen Rabel (second from left) and John Overton (second from right), curators of the Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection, President Nancy J. Uscher (center) and alumni artists represented in INK ON PAPER: The Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection. Photo: Winifred Westergard.




TOP LEFT: Photography field trip to Gas Works Park, photo: Ashleigh Robb. TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT: Summer Art class, photos: Jenny Lindquist. BOTTOM LEFT Summer

Dance class, photo: Mike Urban.


President Nancy J. Uscher and retiring Provost Lois A. Harris. Photo: Winifred Westergard.

CORNISH PROVOST RETIRES Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Lois Harris, Ph.D., retired from Cornish College of the Arts after 12 years. President Nancy J. Uscher, in bidding Dr. Uscher farewell said, “Our students will continue to benefit from Dr. Harris’ values, integrity and contributions to the College for years to come,” “It has been gratifying to have contributed to the remarkable growth and development of this institution,” said Dr. Harris. “The arts are critical to the cultivation of civil society, and arts education is critical to the perpetual renewal of the arts. Cornish has served, and continues to serve, as a creative incubator for artists in Seattle and the region, and it has become a vital force in arts education nationally. I am proud to have had a role in its evolution.”

TOP: Summer Dance class, photo: Mike Urban. BOTTOM: Summer Music class,

photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis.

Lois Harris is a pianist with undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Boston University. Her Ph.D. was earned at the Union Institute and is in the Theory and Philosophy of Progressive Education. She has held numerous positions in higher education administration, including that of Academic Dean at Goddard College, Director of Liberal Studies at Antioch University Seattle, and since 2000, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cornish College of the Arts. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities award, a research award in ethnomusicology at the University of California at Berkeley. Her teaching interests beyond music include Holocaust Studies and Ornithology. She is a member of the Society for Values in Higher Education and has served on the Advisory Board for the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.




Photos by Michelle Smith-Lewis. TOP LEFT: John Gordon Hill, 2011–12 Board Chair; Dr. Lois Harris, Provost/VP Academic Affairs; Betye Saar, renowned artist; Chris Csikszentmihályi, artist, designer and technologist; Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, President; Christopher O’Riley, distinguished pianist. TOP RIGHT: Student speaker Sydney Tucker, TH ’12. MIDDLE: Chairs Council, Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, John Gordon Hill. BOTTOM LEFT: The new graduates celebrate! BOTTOM RIGHT: Sarah Gordon Butler (DA ’12), Memory is Parallax, choreography by Alex Ketley; music by COH, Philip Jeck, Trent Resnor and Atticus Ross.



TOP LEFT: Erica Badgeley in Super Eagle at Smoosh. TOP RIGHT: Where Art, Human Expression and Technology Converge. Oscar Murillo from Microsoft speaks at Day of

Ideas. MIDDLE RIGHT: David Shields and Brangien Davis at Day of Ideas. BOTTOM: Audience members are still talking as they leave the conversation with David Shields and Brangien Davis at Day of Ideas.



Former Trustee Eve Alvord is honored for her long-time support for Cornish College of the Arts with a solo by Christine Bell (MU ’09).

Attendees at the annual gala, Cornish Celebrates an Evening of the Arts, “Raise the Paddles” to pledge support for the Cornish Scholarship Fund.


Sherry Raisbeck (AR ’88) is surprised when husband James announces the Sherry Raisbeck Endowed Scholarship Fund at the annual gala, Cornish Celebrates an Evening of the Arts.

Alum Greg Ruby (MU ’03) performs at the annual gala with his quartet.

REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY 2011–2012 HUNDREDS OF CORNISH DONORS make it possible for talented students to attend Cornish. Gifts to the Cornish Annual Fund, along with proceeds from the annual Cornish Celebrates an Evening of the Arts, are a critical component of our growing scholarship funds. In the 2011–2012 academic year, three new endowed scholarships were established to honor individuals who have been central to Cornish’s growth and development. Endowed scholarships ensure a permanent source of support while recognizing the individuals for whom they are named. Cornish Trustee Sherry Raisbeck (AR ’88) has been an extraor­ dinary volunteer over the years and, with her husband James, a key source of support for the College, including Raisbeck Per­ formance Hall. James and Sherry have established the Sherry Raisbeck Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will annually award financial assistance to a Cornish College of the Arts visual arts student who has a good studio practice—meaning he/she has focus, can make a plan and be effective.


The late Stephen P. Walker III served as a Trustee from 1993 until his death last December. A successful businessman, artist, sculptor and superior craftsman, Steve gave readily of his time to the arts and to Cornish. His family and friends made generous gifts to establish the Stephen P. Walker III Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a passionate, outstanding third year student with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing work in sculpture and related genre. Pat Hon is a remarkable teacher who prepares superb dancers, and, in the words of a former student, trains her pupils to “handle life’s ambushes and difficulties with creativity and tenacity.” Cornish is beyond fortunate to have had her tremendous influence and rigor for 35 years. We are grateful to Evelyn “Casey” Steen for her generous support in launching the Pat Hon Endowed Schol­ arship Fund this past year. You can make a difference in the education of artists, citizens and innovators at Cornish College of the Arts by making a gift today to our scholarship fund. To make your gift, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 206.726.5064.



Gifts and Grants 7.6% Other Income 8.1%


Academic Programs 45%

Auxiliary Services 7%

Depreciation/ Interest 10% Buildings 9%

TOP: Jamie Walker, Stephen Walker II, Lin Walker, inaugural Stephen Walker III Endowed

Scholar Reilly Sinanan, and Deborah Weasea at the reception honoring the late Steve Walker. MIDDLE: The inaugural Pat Hon Endowed Scholar, Kelton Roth, with Taryn Jansen, Pat Hon and her husband James Bates, donor Evelyn “Casey” Steen, Kitty Daniels, Chair of the Dance Department and Roy Harsh. BOTTOM: Kreielsheimer scholars from all six disciplines celebrating at the 2011 Annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon.

Scholarships 15%

Institutional Support 14%



ANNUAL FUND JUNE 1, 2011–MAY 31, 2012 Thank you to the many alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees and friends who made gifts to the Cornish Annual Fund, Campaign for Cornish and Nellie Cornish Legacy Society. We are especially delighted to acknowledge first-time donors and those donors who have increased their giving. Your contributions sustain the outstanding educational and artistic environment essential to the development of our students. For information on how you can support Cornish and the future of the arts, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 206.726.5064.

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Christopher Sande Martha & Robert L. Sander*

Marjorie Bardan & Ed Hill Donna Benaroya Bonnie Biggs Nicole Boyer Cochran & Robert Cochran Perry & Lori Burris Terry & John Bursett Alyssa Byer Beth Bylund Craig Campbell Whitfield & Mary Carhart Manuel Cawaling Justin & Michaela Chalk Colby Chester & Sue Arau Denna Cline Janene Collins Elizabeth Conner* James & Margaret Corbett Stefania Crisci Sean Drew Barry Eben Rasheed & Waisang El-Moslimany Tom & Julia Evans Margo* & Rodger Fagerholm Betina Finley Morgan & Marney Freeland Robin Goldstein & Tim Root Janet Gorkin & Brett Gorkin

Jovino Santos Neto* Jill Scheuermann & Russell Paquette Beth Sellars Donald Sirkin Monica Smith Charles Spitzack & Christine Vice The Standard Employee Giving Campaign Alan Sugiyama Rose Tamburri* & Kristof Iverson* Bing & Sandia Tang Paul Taub & Susan Peterson Francis Timlin & Dean Speer* Patty Tosti & Jim Tosti Sergei Tschernisch & Kate Purwin Rebecca* & Dell Wade Guy & Michelle Weisenbach Sally Ann Williams Meredith Williamson* Walt & Jean Wood Jeffrey Wyborny

Leo Griffin Lee Guice

Ellis Armistead Laurie Barker*

David & Michele Hasson Michael & Patti Hathaway

Richard Barney Eric Bashor* & Celeste Marble*

Buzz & Leanne Hofford Janette Hubert

Rachel Blauman* Jill Bowers & David Conrad

Edward Intravartolo Kelly & Kimberly Jackson

Anita Bowers Diana & Chuck Carey

King County Employee Charitable Campaign

Christopher Castillo Tina & Kevin Chamberlain

Linda & Joe Krutenat Vivian Lee

Carmen Clayton Tamera Clifford

Barbara & Jesse Lee Jerry & Charlene Lee Jackie Lum & Deborah Adams Lum Jerry Manning Maika Manring Marguerite Casey Foundation Donna McCampbell

Judith Cohen Maria & Nicola Crimeni Diane & Larry Culpepper Belinda Dang Kathryn Daniels Jennifer Davis* Denise Dawson

John Mettler & Anne Shinoda-Mettler Karen & Milton Miller

Sue Derry* Catherine Dickson-Schaffer*

UP TO $99

Anonymous(4) Laila Adams Judith Allen Nicole & Derik Andreoli

Nora Wilmarth in The Judged. Photo: Michelle Smith Lewis.

Mark & Carol Slosberg Otto Spoerl & Lynn Erving

THE CORNISH PARENTS FUND GIVING BACK TO AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATION A Salt Lake City native, Cornish junior Nora Wilmarth began taking summer camp theater classes at the age of eight. She entered Salt Lake’s performing arts high school in tenth grade, specializing in theater. In selecting a college, she originally intended to go to the alma mater of a favorite high school coach and mentor. That path changed when she participated in the United Theater Auditions in New York City and met faculty member Kate Myre. Nora’s mother, Corinne, credits the “very positive experience” of the audition process with Nora’s decision to attend Cornish. And when Corinne and Nora traveled to campus to attend New Student Day, Corinne was really impressed with the alumni panel’s remarks. “They were such confident communicators—it was really apparent they had received a substantial, well-rounded education. It sealed the deal for me.” Corinne’s enthusiasm for Cornish has grown as Nora continues her studies. When she received a Phonathon call last fall from a Cornish theater student, she enjoyed their conversation and pledged a modest gift to the Cornish Parents Fund. Between the phone call and the time Cornish received the gift, she and her husband decided to increase the amount. “We felt like Cornish has given us the opportunity to give Nora an outstanding education, and when you’ve been given something, you’ve got to give back. Hopefully more students will be able to par­ ticipate in the education that Nora enjoys.” Cornish is grateful to the parents and family members like Corinne and her husband who chose to give annually to the Cornish Parents Fund.


IMPACT—REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY Susan & Jeffrey Dossett Mary Jo DuGaw*

John & Teresa Walsh Fiona Wang

Perry & Lori Burris Tamera Clifford

Charles Mitchell Pam Morgan

Cary & Quynh Falk Joseph & Carol Fielding

Hazel Warlaumont Barbro Wasbrekke

Judith Cohen Shawn Cole

Maria Mow & Milton Schroeder Christine O’Connell

Carol Furry Michelle George

Norma & Steve Wengelewski Dan & Minori Whitney

James & Margaret Corbett Maria & Nicola Crimeni

Ross & Ava Ohashi Thomas & carol Ozanich

Tavia Gilbert* Patrick* & Debbie Haskett

Carolynne Wilcox Phillip Wood* & Judy Mahoney

Diane & Larry Culpepper Mark & Kim Dales

Donald & Kathy Parks Leni & Michael Pfenning

Hayes Haugen & Mindy Brown-Haugen Todd Hayen*

Kit Wright

Denise Dawson Susan & Jeffrey Dossett

Sandra Plann & Michael Curley Gary & Lynanne Raven

Erik & Sara Hedberg Julie & Robert Hemmen


Donna & Robert Dughi Lindsey & Carolyn Echelbarger

Wendy & Alan Richardson Lonnie Rosenwald

Barbara Hubers-Drake Jim & Karen Huff

Christine Marie

Rasheed & Waisang El-Moslimany Tom & Julia Evans

Kim & Sid Rundle Paula Russell & John Dick

Cherise James Christopher Kalafatis

Eric Lane Rebecca Lane

Michelle George Christopher Harris & Christine Crandall

Ruth Saecker Thomas Sartor & Ellyn Corey

Frederick Kassab Deann Ketchum

Sherry Raisbeck*

Kimberly Harris & Kyle Branum Hayes Haugen & Mindy Brown-Haugen

Beth Sellars Lora & Omar Shahine

Tawnya Bhattacharya*

Sati & John Kohn Rebecca Lane

David & Michele Hasson

Erik & Sara Hedberg Julie & Robert Hemmen

Lori Silverstein Judith & David Sircloumb

Mari London & Mark Popich Mary & C. P. Mahoney

Stefan* & Chris Udziela* Robert & Charlotte Udziela

John & Ellen Hill Jon Holt & Susan Trainor Holt

Ric & Alysee Spengler Charles Spitzack & Christine Vice

Jim & Karen Huff Randall & Jane Hummer Kelly & Kimberly Jackson Sati & John Kohn Barbara & Jesse Lee Dawn Matisse & William Damon Lawrence & Karen Matsuda David & Gayle McCampbell Camille McCray John Mettler & Anne Shinoda-Mettler Karen & Milton Miller Ronda Miller

Rose Tamburri* & Kristof Iverson* Robert & Charlotte Udziela Richard Wagoner John & Teresa Walsh Fiona Wang Guy & Michelle Weisenbach Norma & Steve Wengelewski Sarah & Alexander Wiener Jeffrey & Melisa Williams Corinne & Carl Wilmarth Walt & Jean Wood

Kevin Manring Christine Marie Dawn Matisse & William Damon Janey McAlpine William F. McAlpine* Marie McCaffrey Sean McCain David & Gayle McCampbell Laura McKee Robert McQuigg Ronda Miller Henry & Jill Mills Charles Mitchell Ida Jane Mitsumori Gary & Mary Molyneaux Pam Morgan Maria Mow & Milton Schroeder Cynthia Nawalinski* Nintendo of America, Inc. Lisa Norman Christine O’Connell Felicia Oh* Norman Ose* Donald & Kathy Parks Eric & Shalimar Pedersen Katy Philp* Sara Pickett*

President Dr. Nancy J. Uscher Ellen Amsterdam-Walker Sylvia & Paul Schoenfeld GIFTS IN MEMORIAM

Kevin Goeltz Davis Wright Tremaine Janet Hamburg Barbara Mallett Jeannie Hammond Anonymous


Chateau Ste Michelle Chuck Deardorf Frye Art Museum Gigantic Planet Inc. Thomas Goeltz Tom Goetzl Elizabeth Heffron Ken Howlett

Brad & Rochelle Prather Oliver & Nancy Press

Wah Lui Athena Mace

Kathleen Rabel & Stephen Hazel Dennis Raines*

Julia McClean Tamara Moats

Gary & Lynanne Raven Wendy & Alan Richardson

Eleanor Nicholls Bridget Nowlin

Ryan Rowell Christopher Rubicam

Lisa Raskind Andi Rusu*

Paula Russell & John Dick Judy Selle

Hank Sanford True System Designers, Inc.

Lora & Omar Shahine Sylvia & Paul Schoenfeld

Vulcan Development Linda Warson

Judith & David Sircloumb Kristina Sutherland Gary Takacs & Patricia Tall-Takacs Brittany Taylor* Robert & Charlotte Udziela Lois Uscher Marc & Linda Vassallo

Austin Watson Deborah Weasea Mike Winters Joy Wood

Ruth Vinegar Richard Wagoner

Adrienne Bolyard & Gene Thorkildsen Jill Bowers & David Conrad



Nicole & Derik Andreoli

The Nellie Cornish Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who have included a bequest or other planned gift arrangement for Cornish College of the Arts in their long-range financial plans. By including a charitable gift to Cornish in your financial planning, you help to perpetuate the legacy of founder Nellie Cornish and her vision for arts education. Your gift will help Cornish provide an educational program of the highest possible quality in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing students to contribute to society as artists, citizens and innovators. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS

Glenn Amster Gwenn Barker Harsh+ Roger Bass Kitty Daniels Carol Gregory Karen Guzak* Carol Hobart* Steven Jensen* Pam Johnson Thelma Lehmann+ Dale Lehrman+ Mark Levine Dorothy and Sterling Miller

Carol Munro Sean Owen* Oliver and Yolanda Pardo Joan Pearson Linda Pederson Sherry Raisbeck* Donna Shannon* Bobbie Stern* Dorothy Stevens*+ Margaret L. Wesselhoeft+ Robert Wilkus Irving Williams and Susan Barash Williams

THE CAMPAIGN FOR CORNISH Gifts and pledges from the following donors have been recognized cumulatively from January 1, 2002 through May 31, 2012. A special thank you to all of the donors who have made a gift to The Campaign for Cornish. These gifts are a significant investment in creating and building an educational environment that stimulates and nurtures artistic & academic excellence. The impact of your gifts will be felt for many years and generations to come. + deceased *Alumnus/Alumna


Eve & Chap Alvord Building for the Arts John Gordon Hill & Ellen Hill The Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation John W. Jordan & Laura Welland* Sherry* & James Raisbeck $500,000–$999,999

Anonymous Kenneth & Marleen Alhadeff & the Kenneth and Marleen Alhadeff Charitable Foundation Elias & Karyl Alvord Gladmar Trust Paul G. Allen Family Foundation David & Isabel Welland $100,000–$499,999

Anonymous 4Culture Michael & Marjorie Alhadeff Dr. + & Mrs. Ellsworth C. Alvord, Jr. Katharyn Alvord Gerlich The Boeing Company Joshua Green Foundation Edmund W. Littlefield Jr., Laura Littlefield & The Sage Foundation The Norcliffe Foundation PONCHO James & Kalpana Rhodes Kayla Skinner+ $10,000–$99,999

Rick & Nancy Alvord Virginia Anderson The Bravo Fund Joseph & Maureen Brotherton C. Kent & Sandra Carlson Sturges & Pam Dorrance Foushee & Associates Co., Inc. Michael & Katharine Gibson Heather Howard & Roderick Cameron William & Ruth Ingham Pam* & Ned Johnson Richard Kaalaas Dianne & Steve Loeb Michael & Barbara McKernan

Joan & Paul Poliak Jean Rhodes Elizabeth & Stephen Rummage Julie Speidel* & Joseph Henke Stephen Walker+ & Deborah Weasea $5,000–$9,999

Glenn Amster & Shelly Shapiro Roger Bass & Richard Nelson Boeing Gift Matching Program Jane & J.J. Ewing Marianne Sorich Francis* & C. Douglas Francis Judith Kindler & Kyle Johnson Richard & Rachel Klausner Wanda & W.A.+ Lynch Dorothy & Sterling Miller Carol & William Munro Linda & Arthur Pederson Margaret Perthou-Taylor+ Ellen* & Joe Rutledge Carlo & Eulalie Scandiuzzi Sellen Construction Dean Speer* Richard+ & Ellie Sprague Bobbie* & Michel Stern Sergei P. Tschernisch & Kate Purwin John+ & Marcy Walsh $1,000–$4,999

Shary & Michael Frankfurter Wanda Gregory Lois Harris & Debra Crespin Hasbro IBM Corporation Laura Kaminsky Gilbert Leiendecker, Jr. & Sally Leiendecker Lawrence & Karen Matsuda Microsoft Giving Campaign Gail & Larry Ransom Jamie & Michael Rawding Toby Whitney UP TO $999

Anonymous Shawn Bachtler Jane Buckman Vicki Clayton Tanner Hawkins*

John Merner* Robert & Catherine Morrow

Joan & Paul Poliak PONCHO

Jeffrey & Suzanne Riddell Philip Talmadge

James & Bonnie Reinhardsen Riley & Nancy Pleas Family Foundation

Allyson Vanstone & Peter Pendl Richard E.T. White & Christine

Robert Sandberg Soros Fund Charitable Foundation


Matching Gifts Program Gloria & Donald Swisher


Douglas & Janet True The Wachovia Foundation

$100,000 & ABOVE

David Williams Virginia Wyman & Joe McDonnal+

Kenneth & Marleen Alhadeff & the Kenneth and Marleen Alhadeff Charitable Foundation


The Hearst Foundations Kreielsheimer Foundation

Anonymous The Bullitt Foundation

Edmund W. Littlefield Jr., Laura Littlefield & The Sage Foundation

Cornish Players Lawrence & Hylton Hard

Sherry* & James Raisbeck The Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation

Spencer Curtis & Kristen Hoehler Heather Howard & Roderick Cameron

David Skinner & Catherine Eaton Skinner

Julie & Gordon+ Hungar Marilyn & John Klepper Amber* & Sam Knox Marguerite Casey Foundation Edward & Katherine Marinaro Sean V. Owen* & Tricia McKay Laurel Tanner Dave & Linda Tosti-Lane Stephen Walker+ & Deborah Weasea Gary & Karla Waterman


Eve & Chap Alvord Estate of Peter Vinikow John Goodlad Carol & Brian Gregory Judith Kindler & Kyle Johnson Thelma Lehmann+ Douglas & Kimberly McKenna Stanley & Fumiko+ Sparks Evelyn Steen Irving Williams & Susan Barash Williams $10,000–$24,999

Estate of Gwenn Barker Harsh Boeing Gift Matching Program Sally Behnke Zel Brook* & Brad Whiting Joseph & Maureen Brotherton John Gordon Hill & Ellen Hill Patricia Hon & James Bates Jon Howe & Tyler Howe Steve Jensen* Microsoft Giving Campaign Janet Penna Crane & Tom Crane Ann Ramsay-Jenkins Brian Schilling-George* & Susan Tucker Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts & Sciences Mark & Susan Torrance Wells Fargo Community Support Programs $5,000–$9,999

Elias & Karyl Alvord Sophia & Marc Boroditsky C. Kent & Sandra Carlson David & Judy DeMoss L. Robin Du Brin & Douglas Howe Janet Frohnmayer & David Marques Natascha Greenwalt-Murphy* and Ryan Murphy William & Ruth Ingham George Kropinski Cynthia & John McGrath Candy & Monte Midkiff Robert & Annette Parks Oliver & Yolanda Pardo Robert & Elizabeth Pardo


Michael & Marjorie Alhadeff Dr. + & Mrs. Ellsworth C. Alvord, Jr. Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Ameriprise Financial Employee Gift Matching Program Robin & Dana Amrine Glenn Amster & Shelly Shapiro Virginia Anderson Roger Bass & Richard Nelson Francesca & Bruce Berger John & Diahann Braseth Bruce & Kathleen Bryant Peter Cairo & Kathy DeJardin Ellen & Al Carlin Bonnie Cohen & Mel Baer Gene Colin & Susan Janus Computer Associates International, Inc. Judy & William Courshon Jody Cunningham & Mark Mennella Carole Fuller Michael & Katharine Gibson Joanna* & Gary Goodman Richard & Betty Hedreen Intel Corporation John Jordan & Laura Welland* Saleh & Lucy Joudeh Richard & Rachel Klausner Nina Ferrari LaSalle Walter & Conny Lindley Vincent Lipe Ellen & Mark Lipson Dianne & Steve Loeb Kaaren & Richard Marquez Lawrence & Karen Matsuda Kirby & Diane McDonald Tim & Paula McMannon John Merner* Michael & Phyllis Mines


IMPACT—REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY Carol & William Munro Carl & Marian Pruzan

Tamara Belland* Edmund Belsheim & Lisa Ravenholt

Richard & Rosemary Clark Vicki & Jessica Clayton

Deborah & Keith Ferguson Gerald & Mae+ Florence

Ann Reinking Jeff & Suzanne Riddell

Ralph Berkowitz Lois Berry

Margit Clifford Susan Clifford

John & Janet Fogle Leone Fogle-Hechler

Hal Ryder Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

Kevin & Sarah Beshlian Victoria Bettes

Timothy Clifford Jill Clymer

Daniel & Rosemary Folan Joan Fong

David & Stacya Silverman Tom Skerritt & Julie Tokashiki

Rhea Bez* Tawnya* & Sanjiv Bhattacharya

David & Margaret Coats April Cody

Cristin Ford* Ann Foster

Benjamin Smith & Elizabeth Torrance Jane & Roger Soder

Bonnie Biggs Amy Bingaman

Ida Cole Donna Cole-Dolbeer

Foster Pepper PLLC C. Douglas Francis

Julie Speidel* & Joseph Henke Bobbie* & Michel Stern

Marcia & David Binney Brandon Bird

Kathleen Collins & Andrew Elston CollinsWoerman

and Marianne Sorich Francis* Shary & Michael Frankfurter

Betsy+ & Kirby+ Torrance Kirby & Heidi Torrance

Ariana Bird Karen Bloomquist

William & Marilyn Conner Beth Cooper*

Jason Franklin* Amanda & Geoff Froh

Touchstone Corporation Maurice & Rhoda Tritschler

Bruce & Ann Blume William Bolcom & Joan Morris

Carol Corbus & Patrick Howe Lawrence & Amy Corey

Theodore Galaday* Helen Gamble*

Sergei P. Tschernisch & Kate Purwin Carolyn & Glenn White

Rebecca & David Bolin Dorothy Bollman

Derald & Helen Cornelius William & Jan Corriston

Sandra Garriott-Antonacci Brian & Lisa Gary

Deborah Winchester Marylin & Cliff Winkler

Penelope & Vernon Bolton Adrienne Bolyard & Gene Thorkildsen

Raymond Cox* & Jerald Olsen Gary & Athene Craig

Julie Gaskill & Richard Carter Richelle Gay*

Wyman Youth Trust

Leonard* & Margaret Bonifaci Skye Borgman* & Matt Zattell Elisabeth & Edgar Bottler Meredyth Branaman* Frank & Dorothy Brancato Jane+* & Ernest+ Brazas Jason Bready* & Audrey Folk Jeffrey Brice William & Barbara Brink James Brinkley & Mary Jane Burns Jodi Briscoe* Jonathan Broadus* and Andrea Soelter Broadus Sigrid Brorson Gary & Kathleen Brose Beau Brower* David Brown* Michael Brown Nate Brown* Barbara Buford Margaret Bullitt* & Andrew Schmechel Donne Burgess & Jose Jimenez Dr. Gloria & John Burgess John Burrow* & Meike Kaan Terry & John Bursett Eugene Burt Paul Butzi Vania Bynum* Donald Byrd Karen & Craig Bystrom Timothy Cahill CairnCross & Hempelmann Ann Callaway Liz Callaway & Dan Foster Diana & Chuck Carey Kristofer Carlson* Kathy Carlson Heidi Carpine Danielle & John Carr Omar* & Rachael Carrasco Lisa Carswell* Sara Carter Texanna Casey-Thompson Steve Casteel* Kristin Ceresola Robin Chase* Aleah Chapin* Zoe Chow Royce & Aggie Church Phillippe & Rosa Claringbould

John & Diane Crim Miriam Crowell* Elcena+ & William Croyle Sean Cryan & Laurel Rech Casey Curran* Charlie Curtis & Jane Harvey Donald & Suzanne Dally Arthur & Nancy Dammkoehler Kitty Daniels Lloyd David & Michelle Marshall Linda Davidson Bob & Kathryn Davis Don & Ann Davis Michael Dederer Daphne Dejanikus & Julian Simon Jacqueline Delecki & Howard Uman Emilio & Carol Delgado Laura DeLuca Renko & Stuart Dempster Carol DePelecyn Rik* & Kim Deskin Benjamin Dietzen* Colleen Dishy Wes & Colin Wes Jade Dodd Grant Donesky and Rossitza Skortcheva Donesky William & Virginia Donley Charles Douglas & Donna Handly Jonathan & Paula Drachman Daniela Dron* Donna & Robert Dughi S. Wayne Duncan & Pamela Van Dalfsen Phyllis Dunn David & Donna Dunning Larry & Lynda D’Urso Vasiliki Dwyer Phyllis & Eldon Edmundson Anna Edwards John Eicher Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC Gene & Pat Engle Tamsin & Jim Erickson David Esbjornson Heinz & Edith Ettner Sandra Everingham* Jane & J.J. Ewing Jean Falls Ryan Fedderson* Federated Department Stores Foundation Gary Fenstermacher & Virginia Richardson

Carmen & Carver Gayton Christine & David Gedye Brynne Geiszler* Tavia Gilbert* Karen Gjelsteen Carl Glickman Peggy & Raftis Golberg Christopher Goodson* & Lindsey Walker David & Jane Gorbet Dale Gossett & Kathleen Kukowski Anne Gould Hauberg Kelsey Grafton* Ron & Anke Greer Jennifer Grigg* Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano, PL Tony Grob Arthur & Leah Grossman J. Guich Max+ & Helen Gurvich Michael Gustavson & Joan Knutson-Gustavson Ilana Guttmann Richard Haag & Cheryl Trivison John Hagman Ryan Hamachek Judith Hamilton Mark & Susan Hardy Sylvia Harelik Courtney Harris* Kiana Harris* Lois Harris & Debra Crespin David & Sharron Hartman Patrick* & Debbie Haskett Li He* Paul Heckman & L. Montera A.J.+ & Martha Rose Hedgcock Mary Hedlin Stephanie Helm* Joy Helmer Andrew Highlands Amanda Hill Henry & Mary Hill Catherine Hillenbrand & Joseph Hudson Dennis Hoffman Kristine Holland Penny Holland & Wallace Hume Chirlee House William House Shawn Hove*

UP TO $999

Anonymous (10) Don+ & Jane Abel Alan Stephenson Boyd Family Trust Robin Albee-Kesich* & Frederick Kesich Alex Alben Jennifer Albright Leah Alexander Robert Alexander Phyllis Allport James & Karen Almon Altria Group Adele & Grover Anderson Angela Anderson* Eliza Anderson* Kjerstine Anderson* Lloyd Anderson Dollie & Hubert Armstrong Sarah Armstrong Sally & Herbert Arnstein Joselito & Faye Asence Hilery Avritt John Aylward & Mary Fields Sarah Azzinaro* Karrie Baas* & Margaret Smith Muriel Bach Diamond & Josef Diamond+ Donald & Janet Backman Irena & Doug Baker Brett* & Dage Baker Mary Bakke Stewart Ballinger+ Wade Ballinger & Paul Skinner Joslyn Balzarini* & Kash Wimer Linda Banning* Gwenn Barker Harsh+ & Roy Harsh Jeffrey Baron & Janet Skeels Cynthia Barrientos Cynthia Bartels Margaret Barto Patricia Bauch Steven & Cathleen Baugh Kurt Beattie & Marianne Owens Jaquelyn Beatty & Warren Wilkins Paula Becker & Barron Brown Bonnie & Moses Beerman Max & Teresa Beery Didzis Beitlers* Morgen Bell* & William Love


Hub International Margaret Huchting & Eric Brown

Barbara Lippert Vivian Little & Jeffrey Bower

Sara Orr-Smith Beverly Page & Michael Verchot

Ruth Saeker Toru & Kiyo Sakahara

Diana Huey* Greg & Linda Hughes

Dorothy Lloyd Brenda Loew

Richard Page Joshua Palmer

Julie & Eric Salathe Monica Salazar*

Beatrice & Robert Hull Wallace Hume

Clarice Lolich Faustino Lopez* & Elizabeth Frederickson

L. Rosario Parker Scott Parker

Courtney Sale* June Sale

Mary Ellen & William Hundley Robert & Charlotte Hutton

Lopez Betsy & Brian Losh

Kasia Pawluskiewicz* Richard Peacock

Daniel Salins Albert & Frances Salopek

Kristof Iverson* & Rose Tamburri* Mattie Iverson Vadon* & Mark Vadon

Sally+ & Kenneth Luplow Wanda & W.A.+ Lynch

Cornelius+ & Gloria Peck Linda & Arthur Pederson

Irwin & Thelma Samegh Werner & Joan Samson

J.C. Wright Sales Company Bruce & Gretchen Jacobsen

Justin Lytle* & Nicole Fierstein Ursula & Dwight Mamlok

Helen Pelton Lauren Pence*

Carol Sanders Murl Allen Sanders & Janet Hesslein

Charla Jaffee Aliana Jaqua*

Dorothy Mann Drew Markham & Steve Mashuda

Cheryl Penttila* Charles & Angelica Pepka

Polly Sanford* James & Lisa Sargeant

Alton Jennings Elizabeth Jennings*

Dorothy Marking Timmie Marsden* & Jonathan Mitten*

Performance Sound David Perez*

Peggy Scales Pauline Schairer+

Anchor Dewitt Jensen Ellen Jeronimo

Kristin Martin Jane Martin

Marlene Perrigo Kennedy* & Bob Kennedy Mimi Petkoff

Katherine Scharhorn* Karen Scherwood

Elizabeth & Roger+ Johnson Pam* & Ned Johnson

Mary Anne & Chuck Martin David McCallum

James & Muriel Phillips Julie Pickering

Jill Scheuermann & Russell Paquette Eric Schonleber*

Rolf & Sarah Johnson Barbara Johnston Lois Jones Christine & Armando Juarez Glen & Lisbeth Juel Laura Kaminsky & Rebecca Allan Todd* & Bridget Kanyer Joy & Dmitry Kaplan David Kappler Jack & Evelyn Kappler James* & Cristie Kearny Luke Kehrwald* Christine Kellett & Jay Kuhn Thorpe & Lucinda Kelly Brian Kennedy Jessika Kenney* & Eyvindur Kang* James & Marjorie Kesl Leroy & Anne Kilcup Kim Dong Kathy Kimball Karen King Freda Klein William Klein Anna Klepper Natalie Kotar Zsolt Kovacs & Iulia Metzner Toby Kronengold Henry Kuharic Kathryn Lahey Costello James & Susanna Lane Frank* & JoAnna Lau Madelyn Lawson Christopher Laxamana* Eric Layer* Stephen Le Neveu & Lorraine Ketch Leo Burnett Company Charitable Foundation Dorothy Lemoult* & Jeremy Kahn David & Maria Leonard Gerard Letterie & Jan Chow Brian Leverson Mark Levine & John Keppeler Jane Levine & Randy Signor Heartha Levinson Steve & Suzanne Lewis Shirley Lincoln Jeff & Kathy Lindenbaum Ann Lindsay Frank & Lynn Lindsay Alexander Lindsey & Lynn Manley

Stanley & Janet McCammon John & Janet McCann Lodi & Regan McClellan Kathleen McCormick James & Carole McCotter Kathleen McDonald Stanley & Barb McDonald Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Lars Jonsson Carl & Judy McEvoy John McHale & Marcie Campbell McHale Paul D. McKee* & Michael Lane Don McKenzie & Elizabeth Buzzell-McKenzie Patricia McNamara Cynthia Mennella* Bob Merrill & Melanie Williams Dorothy & Sterling Miller Kathy Miller Michael Minney* Craig & Stefania Mitchell Erin Mitchell* Kabby Mitchell Ramiz Monsef* William Morrow* Gary & Mary Molyneaux Dennis Moss* Mary & Richard Moss Anne* & Jeffrey Motl Phyllis Mullins Lori Neig Wilwerding* & Geoff Wilwerding Hollis Near & Anna Seaberg Carla Negrete Martinez Herbert & Marilyn Nelson Marywilde Nelson William & Barbara Nelson Network for Good Hans & Ann Neumaier Ann New Akiko & Jonathan Newcomb David & Shirley Newell Wilma Nichols Dick Benjamin Niu Jack & Lollie Norman Victoria North & Alan Caplan Stella Novit Josh Oakley* Heather Dew Oaksen & Gregory Oaksen Arthur Olsen Craig Olsen*

Margaret Pickering Jennifer & Manuel Pineda Kevin Pitman* Steve & Cait Platz Johanna Polit* Martha & Seymour Pomerantz William & Sherry Portuese Jarrad Powell* & Molly Scott Elin Pratt Geoffrey Prentiss Marilyn & Wallace Prestbo Bob Priest & Claire Sykes Frank Pritchard Howard+ & Inga+ Pruzan Steve Pruzan & Janet Abrams Daniel Purdom Sherrie Quinton Debra Raab Kathleen Rabel & Stephen Hazel Reshard Radford* Jennifer Rainbolt* Dennis Raines* Hugh Ramsey* Schelleen & Charles Rathkopf Lois Rathvon* Josh Rawlings* Dave Rawlyk & Launi Skinner Douglas & Brenda Redfern Ginny Redpath Pattilou Reeves* & Chris Davidson Shelagh & Terrence Regan Vija+ & Karlis Rekevics Ernest Rhoads* Richard & Pamela Rhodes Constance & Norm Rice The Ridge Women’s Golf Course Christine & John Riley Jean & Alex Ritzen Burton & Norita Robbins Jeff Robbins & Marcy Wing Carol Robinson David Rollison* Bob & Laura Rookstool Nichole & Martin Rose William Rose* Donald K. Routh Gregory Ruby* John Ruszel* Ellen* & Joe Rutledge Lena & Maher Saba

Patricia Scott J. Randolph & Lynn Sealey Seattle Golf Club Jack Seifert & Cynthia Burrell Qadriyyah Shabazz* Daniel & Alicia Shafer Lora & Omar Shahine Christopher Shainin* & Hope Wechkin Kristina Shellie-Cahn & Timothy Cahn Jianping Shen Kelly Sheridan* & Brent Giese Kay Shirley-Nilsen & Wendy Santamaria Rita Shtull Harro & Sandra Siebert Robert & Robin Simpson Shirley & Maurice Skeith Max & Jane Slade Dylan Sladky* Douglas Smith & Stephanie Ellis-Smith Erminia Smith Harriette Smith Maggie Smith Wilma & John Smith Snoqualmie Entertainment Authority Sanjiu & Diuya Soman Dean Speer* & Francis Timlin Stuart & Patty Spencer Howard & Patricia Stambor Sharron & Stephen Starling Bonnie & Alan Steele Anne Stevenson Marvel & Philip Stewart Chris Stollery Leslie* & Jeffrey Stoner William & Barbara Street Althea Stroum+ Justine Su Nicole Sumner* Harald Sund Peggy & Michael Swistak Ann Tagland* Laura & Michael Targett Joshua Taylor Joel Tepp Howard Tharp Ricky Tharpe Boyka Thayer* Daniel Theyer* Thomas & Marilyn Thies John & Barbara Thomas


Joshua “Jay” Green. Courtesy of the Joshua Green Foundation.

JOSHUA GREEN Cornish is an institution with deep roots in the community. As we prepare to celebrate our Centennial, it’s important to acknowledge the people that have been a consistent source of support over the years. Joshua “Jay” Green is a perfect example. Jay joined the board of trustees of the Cornish Allied Arts School in the early 70s and along with his colleagues, helped shape a pivotal transformation that paved the way for Cornish to become the fully accredited College it is today. Through the Joshua Green Foundation, Jay and his family con­ tinue to provide transformational support to the College. They have given over $300,000 to The Campaign for Cornish and have been essential and instrumental in the expansion and development of the new Cornish campus in the heart of urban Seattle. Their most recent gift will go to the development of a new Visual Arts Complex, home to the sculpture program and Art Department Senior Studios. Here’s how Jay illustrates his history with Cornish, “[Paul] Friedlander asked me to serve on the initial Cornish School board. Our principal objectives were to establish independence from the Music and Arts Foundation which viewed Cornish primarily as a source of entertainment at their meetings and to improve finances. Cornish’s accomplishments since then have been incredible. Purchasing the St. Nicholas school for expansion, accreditation, the move to the new downtown campus, impressively conservative management of finances and constantly improving curriculum, it’s hard to believe this is the same organization I knew in the nineteen seventies. The trustees of the Joshua Green Foundation are very impressed with Cornish and enthusiastically approved our second recent grant for their capital campaign.” Deep roots indeed. Thank you to Jay and the trustees of the Joshua Green Foundation.


Diane Thome James Thompson

Carol Wright Mary & Frank Wyckoff

Anne & James Thomson The Threshold Group, LLC

Jake Ynzunza* Dana Young*

Severt Thurston & the Thurston Charitable Foundation

Lisa & Jack Young Jake Ynzunza

Margriet Tindemans Janice Tipp

Andrew & Borbala Zaborski

Ruth & John Tomlinson Ian Toms*

Over the years, gifts to the endowment

Estelle & Francisco Tordillos Alexandra Torrance & Paul Okner

have been made in memory or honor of some very special people who continue to

Andrew & Diane Torrance John & Marie Torrance

have a lasting imprint on Cornish, & the community we serve. We join donors in

William+ & Joanne Torrance William & Pam Torrance

honoring & celebrating the individuals listed below.

Liz Tran* Susan Trapnell & Erik Muller


Ann Tritschler Charles & Dale Tritschler

Merce Cunningham Viola Stevens Barron

Donald & Polly Tritschler Catherine Tsai & Jason Young Junichi Tsuneoka* Nancy Uscher & William Barrett Susan Valencia Delia & Norman Van Brunt Josef Vascovitz* Van Vinikow Nicole Von Suhr & Fred Jacobs Henry & Gloria Wachs Erin Waddington* Joan Waiss & Steve Wells Hilary Waite* Stephen Walker Bonnie Lou* & James Wall Mildred Walsh Jean Wang Jenifer Ward Hazel Warlaumont Christine Weh* Scott & Michele Weller Amy Wells Naekkae Wells* Kelly Wergeland Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Wellspring Group Margaret Wesselhoeft+ Stephen West & Pamela Yorks Peter & Suzanna Westhagen Richard E.T. White & Christine Sumption William Whitener Thomas Whitlock Dan & Minori Whitney Ann Wickline Edith Wieland Michele & Richard Williams Cynthia Willsey Nora Wilmarth Jean & Craig Wilson Howard Wilson Thomas Wilson Roan & Tara Winchester Nathan Winkel* Linda & Holden Withington Deborah Wolf Janet Wolverton Jasmine Woo* Alan & Wei-ping Wood

Jane Francis Schultz Joan Franks Williams Jon Gierlich Lynn Goodlad Gwenn Barker Harsh Lawrence Halpern Chris Holland Christine Howe Jeanne-Marie Klepper Thelma Lehmann Deborah Ann Penna (ART ’00) Betsy Torrance Kirby Torrance Thomas Stone Torrance Peter Vinikow Stephen Walker Eva Wilcox



Zel Brook (ART ’96) Bonnie Cohen David DeMoss LaMar & Marlys Efaw Jeff Holland & Kate Zylstra Patricia Hon Steve Jensen (ART ’82) Judith Kindler Todd & Char Rawlings Terry Sparks Paul Taub Sergei P. Tschernisch Every gift is important to us and we strive to keep accurate records. We apologize if we have inadvertently omitted or incorrectly listed any names. Please call us at (206) 726.5064 to advise us of any errors so that we can correct our records. Thank you. For information on how you can support The Campaign for Cornish, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 206.726.5064.


Please join us in recognizing these individuals who contributed to Cornish College of the Arts and our community through the years.

TOP LEFT: Melvin Strauss, Cornish College of the Arts President 1975-85. TOP RIGHT: Jesse Jaramillo, Cornish Dance Department, Adjunct Faculty. BOTTOM LEFT: Stephen Hazel, Cornish Art and Design Departments, Faculty. BOTTOM RIGHT: Stephen P. Walker III, Cornish Board of Trustees.



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InSight is published annually by the Office of Institutional Advancement Karen L. Bystrom, ABC Director of Communications 206.726.5169 Design: Emily Hooper

Contributors: Maximilian Bocek, Cathan Bordyn, Chris Sande, Chris Stollery, Christine Sumption, Winifred Westergard. Š2012 Cornish College of the Arts. All rights reserved.

Insight. The Cornish Magazine. 2012  

Our annual publication celebrating all things Cornish.

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