The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition

Presented by SOMArts
August 16–20
Image credit: Michelle Bonilla Garcia. One Very Political, Overly Opinionated, Angry Little Girl.
SOMArts | 934 Brannan St, San Francisco
Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 12–7pm & Saturday–Sunday, 12–5pm
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Thursday, August 16, 6:30–9pm, ceremony at 7pm
SOMArts Social: Murphy & Cadogan
An afternoon of artist-led creative workshops
Saturday, August 18, 1–4pm, Free with RSVP:
SOMArts is proud to partner with The San Francisco Foundation to present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts, August 16–20, 2018. The exhibition, made possible by The San Francisco Foundation and its donors, showcases 14 promising visual artists working across disciplines and identifies young artists from Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the Bay Area whose work intersects with emerging trends.
The competitive Jack and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships are administered by The 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 and Gertrude Murphy Award of $40,000 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 receive $6,500 each to support 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.
Award recipients were selected by a panel of three judges including artist, writer and independent curator Kevin B. Chen (formerly Visual Arts Director, Intersection for the Arts); artist and curator Grace Rosario Perkins; and multidisciplinary artist Zulfikar Ali Bhutto/Faluda Islam. In conjunction with the exhibition, SOMArts will host an afternoon of artist-led workshops providing community members an opportunity to experience exhibiting artists’ creative processes.

Cadogan Scholarships

Michelle Bonilla Garcia, California College of the Arts

Sophia Cook, San Francisco Art Institute

Ben Cornish, San Francisco Art Institute

Preston Fox, California College of the Arts

Vincent Miranda, California College of the Arts

Miguel Monroy Melgoza, Stanford University

Sarah Player Morrison, Mills College

Judit Navratil, California College of the Arts

Claire Rabkin, Mills College

Joanna Ruckman-Gallegos, San Francisco Art Institute

Sally Scopa, Stanford University

Tashi Wangdhu, Mills College

Livien Yin, Stanford University
Murphy Award
Shirin Khalatbari, San Francisco State University
Murphy Award winner Shirin Khalatbari explores the visual traces of history, including the impacts and legacies of colonialism, in order to create transformative environments in which perception of the present and reality are challenged. By combining photography, painting, sculpture, sound and video, Khalatbari’s work produces ambiance that defamiliarizes one’s sense of time and space, allowing the viewer to travel through spacetime.
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Michelle Bonilla Garcia creates multidisciplinary works that address immigration, gendered labor and her personal experience as an artist of color living in the US.
Multidisciplinary artist Sarah Player Morrison works with video and performance to explore labor and gender performance in office culture.
Focusing on mimicry between plant and animal species, Livien Yin proposes intrusion into the surfaces that govern multi-species cohabitation. Invested in the metaphoric potential of soft materials, her assemblages and paintings push against rigid taxonomies.
The San Francisco Foundation focuses on expanding opportunity and ensuring a more equitable future for all in the Bay Area. With more than $1.3 billion in assets, The San Francisco Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country, and working with its donors, distributed nearly $100 million to nonprofit organizations in the last year. The foundation brings together donors and builds on community assets through grantmaking, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development to make a greater impact in our community. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.
Image credit: Michelle Bonilla Garcia. One Very Political, Overly Opinionated, Angry Little Girl.