Photography courtesy of Claire S. Burke

SOMArts is proud to partner with the San Francisco Foundation to present the 2023 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts, on view September 15–October 6, 2023. Made possible by the San Francisco Foundation and its donors, we’re excited to feature 14 promising visual artists working across disciplines from regional MFA programs whose work intersects with emerging trends.

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 Murphy and Cadogan scholarships each receive support for 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.

2023 Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awardees
Murphy Awardee
Joanna Keane Lopez, Stanford University

Cadogan Awardees
Salimatu Amabebe, University of California, Berkeley
Jonathon Bout, San Francisco State University
Xianghan Cheng, California College of the Arts
Lynse A. Cooper, California College of the Arts
Cynthia Gonzalez, San Jose State University
Valencia James, University of California, Berkeley
Leah Koransky, San Francisco State University
Wendy Liu, Stanford University
Nivedita Madigubba, University of California, Berkeley
Jessica Monette, Stanford University
Lucía Moreno Nava, San Francisco State University
Yunfei Ren, Stanford University
Chelsea América Torres, San Francisco State University

Curated by
Kevin B. Chen

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