SOMArts Cultural Center and San Francisco Foundation presents
2022 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition
featuring 13 emerging Bay Area Artists from regional MFA programs
Curated by Kevin B. Chen
On view Saturday, September 10–Friday, October 7, 2022
August 8, 2022, San Francisco, CA – SOMArts Cultural Center and San Francisco Foundation present the 2022 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual and media arts landscape, on view Saturday, September 10–Friday, October 7, 2022. The exhibition launches with a free, all-ages opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, September 9, 6–8 PM PST. The virtual gallery will be available on SOMArts’ website starting Saturday, September 10.
This multidisciplinary showcase features the work of 13 promising visual artists from regional Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) programs selected by this year’s jury (independent curator Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, 2019 Murphy Award winner Shirin Towfiq, and curator/Berkeley Art Center Co-Director Elena Gross) and identifies students whose work connects directly to the local, national, and global concerns of the arts field. All awardees benefit by receiving mentorship from renowned artist and curator Kevin B. Chen and SOMArts Cultural Center.
The Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award is given to one MFA student of exceptional caliber with great artistic promise. This year’s Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy awardee is the University of California, Berkeley’s Gericault De La Rose whose interdisciplinary practice uses “their brown body as an amulet against the plague of forgetting within a postcolonial world that reinforces collective amnesia.”
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 12 Cadogan awardees include multidisciplinary artist Tiare Ribeaux who “involves a magical realist exploration of spirituality, labor, and the natural environment,” graphic designer and bookmaker Thad Higa who heavily focuses on “the dialogue between visual and written language, and art book origami,” Dance Doyle whose recent tapestries are informed by their research on mental health, homelessness, and the people working tirelessly to provide essential resources, and photographer Charles H. Lee, III whose work underscores the nuance of contemporary Black life by exploring issues surrounding reclamation, identity, family, class, authorship, and othering.