31st Annual Barclay Simpson Master of Fine Arts Award Exhibition

January 24–February 1
The Nave, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco

Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs., Jan. 25, 5-6:30 p.m.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The 31st Annual Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition is a juried exhibition of artwork by CCA's Graduate Program in Fine Arts.


Massiel Mafes
Holly McHugh
Nkiruka Oparah
Zhengdong Ye

Special thanks to this year’s jurors: Aaron Harbour, Co-director of Et al./Et al. etc., and Nancy Lim, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA.

About Barclay Simpson

Barclay Simpson, the namesake of this award, was chairman emeritus of Simpson Mfg. Co. He was also chair of the board of trustees of the Berkeley Art Museum and sat on the board of Girls, Inc. of Alameda County.

At CCA he served in several leadership positions, including advancement committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Mr. Simpson and his wife, Sharon, have given generously to CCA over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998 the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus, was created using a generous gift from the Simpsons.

The Simpson Library -- much larger and better equipped than the previous facility -- enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection.

The Simpson name also graces the award-winning Sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993. The couple generously supported the Center for Art and Public Life and the CCA Scholarship Fund.

In recognition of his many contributions to the community, Barclay Simpson was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from CCA in 2005.

View the 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award catalog to celebrate an entire generation of well-deserving graduating CCA artists.