The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition

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SOMArts is proud to partner with the San Francisco Foundation to present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts, September 20–October 1, 2019. The exhibition, made possible by the San Francisco Foundation and its donors, showcases 17 promising visual artists working across disciplines and identifies young artists from Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the Bay Area whose work intersects with emerging trends.

The Jack and Gertrude Murphy Award of $40,000 is given to an MFA student of unusual caliber with great artistic promise. Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan both experienced financial challenges as art students and understood the great difference scholarships can make in the early phase of an artist’s career. The winners of the Cadogan Scholarships receive $6,500 each to support their MFA studies. All the students benefit from participation in a professionally curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center and mentorship from curator Kevin B. Chen.

Award recipients were selected by a panel of three judges including artist, writer, and independent curator Kevin B. Chen, artist and curator Grace Rosario Perkins; and multidisciplinary artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto/Faluda Islam.

In conjunction with the exhibition, SOMArts will host an afternoon of artist-led workshops providing community members an opportunity to experience exhibiting artists’ creative processes. 

Cadogan Scholarships

Beril Or
Brian Bartz
Cristine Blanco
Ghazal Rahimi
Jordan Hartney
Hannah Waiters
Lena Tseabbe Wright
Lexygius Sanchez Calip
Mad Luellen
Margot Becker
Megan Hinton
Narges Poursadeqi
Nicole K. Shaffer
Stuart V. Robertson
Xandra Ibarra
Yetunde C. Olagbaju

Murphy Award
Shirin M. Towfiq

Kevin B. Chen

With more than $1.5 billion in assets, the San Francisco Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country. The foundation is committed to expanding opportunity and ensuring a more equitable future for all in the Bay Area. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $154 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.

Image credit: Shirin Towfiq, All The Mysteries Are Now Unveiled (translated from Persian), Quilted velvet, 6’ x 5’, 2018.
Image courtesy of the artist.

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