TSFF & SOMArts Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition


The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Cultural Center present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual and media arts landscape, September 3–26, 2015. The exhibition showcases 24 promising visual artists working across disciplines and identifies young artists whose work intersects with emerging trends from Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the Bay Area.

The competitive Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fellowships and the Edwin Anthony and Adelaine Bourdeaux Cadogan Scholarships are administered by The San Francisco Foundation. Edwin Anthony and Adelaide 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 two trusts provide a varying number of annual tuition awards of $6,000 to Bay Area Fine Arts graduate students in support of exploring and developing their artistic potential in digital art, film/video, hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Fellowship recipients were selected by a panel of three judges including SOMArts Curator and Gallery Director Melorra Green; Kira Lyons, Director, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco; and Kevin B. Chen, artist, writer, independent curator (formerly Visual Arts Director, Intersection for the Arts).


Leila Weefur’s video installations investigate layers of cultural identity and the ideological constructs of race. Using objects and people as subjects, as well as wooden boxes, grids, twine rope, clay, crayons, and face paint as distinct elements of her installations, Weefur questions aspects of identity formation that lead to subordination or oppression, and the forced prescription of racial identities fueling and perpetuating the racial and cultural tensions that exist in America.


Photography by Enar de Dios Rodríguez plays with blank space to illuminate the fallibility of archival remembrance. Working from a point of departure where memory is deceptive, Rodríguez’ photographs are rendered void of technical images and expected subjects, challenging the viewer to abandon constituted borders of representation and objectivity, to instead expand and visualize our own realities.


Clement Hil Goldberg creates experimental film and animated works using satire as a vehicle for critical engagement. Their work pushes against cultural erasure and assimilation, referencing displacement and disembodied feelings in narrative pieces that render the non-normative as protagonists.


Ella G. Faktorovich’s sculptural work seeks to expose the menacing dangers hidden in worlds of supposed beauty, comfort and abundance. She physically and chemically manipulates glass and plastic materials—often perceived as having gleaming, perfect exterior surfaces—into unexpected elements that uncover aggression and confront the fear and possibility of suffering harm when we least expect it.

Lark Buckingham, University of California Berkeley
Robin Crofut-Brittingham, San Francisco Art Institute
Enar de Dios Rodríguez, San Francisco Art Institute
Ella G. Faktorovich, San Francisco Art Institute
Sarah Farahat, California College of the Arts
Simona Fitcal, Stanford University
Clement Hil Goldberg, University of California Berkeley
Andrea Nicolette Gonzales, San Francisco Art Institute
Nico Harriman, Mills College
Cy Keener, Stanford University
Sarah Lee, California College of the Arts
Becca Levine, San Francisco Art Institute
Sai Li, San Francisco Art Institute
Masako Miyazaki, Stanford University
Dana Morrison, San Francisco Art Institute
Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim, Mills College
Marcela Pardo Ariza, San Francisco Art Institute
Laura Rokas, San Francisco Art Institute
Soraya Sharghi, San Francisco Art Institute
Joshua D. Solis, San Francisco State University
Latosha Stimage, California College of the Arts
Kaitlin Trataris, San Francisco Art Institute
Leah Virsik, San Francisco State University
Leila Weefur, Mills College

The exhibition and all accompanying events are free to attend and take place at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. in San Francisco, CA.

The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition
September 3–26, 2015
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm & Saturday, 12–5pm

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, September 3, 6:30–9pm, ceremony at 7pm

Makers, Music & Mimosas
An afternoon of artist-led creative workshops and live music.
Saturday, September 19, 12–3pm
Free with RSVP: makers2015.eventbrite.com

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) focuses on expanding opportunity and ensuring a more equitable future for all in the Bay Area. TSFF is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $808 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, both past and present, TSFF granted $94.3 million in fiscal year 2014. TSFF brings together donors and builds on community assets through grant-making, leveraging, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development to make a greater impact in our community. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and policy, advocacy and organizing, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.

From top to bottom: courtesy artist Leila Weefur; courtesy artist Enar de Dios Rodríguez; courtesy artist Clement Hil Goldberg; courtesy artist Ella G. Faktorovich.