The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Preview Reception and Awards Ceremony

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The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards opens on Friday, September 10, 5:30–8:30 PM PST, awards ceremony at 7:00 PM PST. This exhibition surveys new work from 16 recipients of the competitive Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships. Presented in partnership with San Francisco Foundation, the awards are designed to further the development of Bay Area MFA students and foster the exploration of their artistic potential in hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture.

The Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award 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 each receive financial support their MFA studies. All the students benefit from participation in a professionally curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center.


Murphy Award
Ahn Lee, University of California Berkeley

Cadogan Award
Katayoun Bahrami, California College of the Arts
Andrew Catanese, Stanford University
Erica Deeman, University of California Berkeley
Adrienne Defendi, San Jose State University
Edgar Fabián Frías, University of California Berkeley
Katharine T. Jacobs, San Jose State University
Ester Karnoski, California College of the Arts
Bryce LeFort, California College of the Arts
Natasha Loewy, San Francisco State University
Rivka Valérie Louissaint, University of California Berkeley
Miguel Novelo, Stanford University
Krystal Ramirez, Stanford University
Haley Marie Summerfield, San Francisco State University
Kelsey Rae Thomas, Mills College
Eve J. Werner, San Francisco Art Institute

Kevin B. Chen

The San Francisco Foundation is committed to a Bay Area where everyone can get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and exercise their political voice. The foundation advances its work through grantmaking, partnerships with donors, policy advocacy, and impact investing.

Artwork credit: Ahn Lee, Cocoon, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist

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