Cornish announced the finalists for this year’s Neddy Artist Awards, the latest news in Seattle’s art-award season.

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Autumn is the season when Seattle’s arts institutions, from museums to theaters, launch their major programs. But late summer is awards time.

This week, Cornish College of the Arts announced its eight Neddy Artists Award finalists, which awards two grants for Puget Sound artists of $25,000 each.

That followed Seattle Art Museum’s announcement of its five finalists for the Betty Bowen Award, a $15,000 no-strings-attached grant and a show at SAM.

Neddy Artist Awards: 20 Years

Opening reception on Sept. 15 at Pivot Art + Culture, 609 Westlake Ave. N., 6:30-8:30 p.m., free.

Cornish is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a retrospective of past Neddy winners at Paul Allen’s gallery Pivot Art + Culture.

Cornish’s Neddy Awards are named for Ned Behnke, the son of local arts philanthropists Robert and Sally Behnke, who was born deaf and became a painter. This year’s finalists are painters Nathan DiPietro, Robert Hardgrave, Paul Komada and Kimberly Trowbridge, as well as multimedia artists Dawn Cerny, Mandy Greer, C. Davida Ingram and Clyde Petersen.

The Neddy show (Sept. 15-Oct. 23) comes at a time of questioning for Pivot, which opened late last year, then announced a possible change in direction, and its future is still vague.

Anna Imperati, a spokeswoman for Allen’s company Vulcan, said Pivot is “operating as a concept space. Long-term options other than a gallery space are being evaluated.”

The Stranger Genius Awards are coming up with a party on Sept. 24 at the Moore Theatre, with nominees Barbara Earl Thomas in art, Erik Blood in music and Lindy West in literature, among others.