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Looking west from Denny Street, Cornish’s Main Campus Center, Notion Building (far left side), and Cornish Commons, the 20-story residence hall with the distinctive yellow stripe. Statue in the foreground is Steve Jensen’s “Merce” dedicated to the memory of choreographer/dancer Merce
Cunningham, who attended Cornish in the 1930s. Photographer Casey Braunger/Ankrom Moisan Architects

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Nellie Cornish

How one woman staked a claim for art in Seattle

When Nellie Cornish arrived in Seattle in 1900, she was a 24-year-old piano teacher looking to make a living in a city that was more hospitable to Gold Rush prospectors than it was to the fine arts