Dara Katrina Del Rosario
Communications & Partnerships Manager
415-863-1414 x103, [email protected]

SOMArts Cultural Center Presents
The Annual Murphy and Cadogan
Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition

August 12, 2019, San Francisco, CA– The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Cultural Center present a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual and media arts landscape with The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition from Friday, September 20–Tuesday, October 1, 2019. This exhibition showcases 17 emerging artists working across disciplines and identifies artists whose practices intersect with rising trends in the arts. 

 “This partnership with the San Francisco Foundation continues to forge opportunities for organizations to celebrate cutting-edge artists who are disrupting inequitable art world paradigms,” said Maria Jenson, Creative & Executive Director of SOMArts Cultural Center.

Opening with a free, all ages public reception on Thursday, September 19, 6–9pm at SOMArts Cultural Center, the competitive Jack and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships are administered by the San Francisco Foundation.

The Jack and Gertrude Murphy Award of $40,000 is given to an MFA student of exceptional 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. Awardees benefit by exhibiting at SOMArts Cultural Center as well as by receiving mentorship from exhibition curator Kevin B. Chen. 

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

Along with the opening reception, awardees will be facilitating artist workshops on Saturday, September 28, 1–4pm, providing participants with an opportunity to meet some of the Bay Area’s most exciting emerging artists. 

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

Exhibition Run
Friday, September 20–Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

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Opening Reception
Thursday, September 19, 6–9pm
The 2019 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition will open with a reception and awards ceremony Thursday, September19, 2017, 6:00–9pm, awards ceremony at 7:00pm.

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Artist-Led Workshops
Saturday, September 28, 1–4pm
Celebrate the future of the Bay Area arts with artist facilitated workshops and closing reception at SOMArts Cultural Center 

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SOMArts Cultural Center, founded in 1979, cultivates access to the arts within the Bay Area by collaborating with community-focused artists and organizations. Together, we engage the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect and civic participation.

SOMArts plays a vital role in the arts ecosystem by helping activate the arts citywide. We do this by providing space and production support for non-profit events, as well as fairs and festivals throughout the Bay Area, and offering a robust program of art exhibitions, classes, events and performances that are affordable and accessible to all. SOMArts’ exhibition programs receive critical support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Foundation and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.

SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan Street—between 8th and 9th—within 2 blocks of 101, I-80, Muni lines, and bike paths.

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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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