Where Are They Now? A Look at Past Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Award Winners

As we gear up to host Frontrunners:  The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy and Cadogan Awards Exhibition (August 17 – September 16) we thought it would be fun to take a quick look at how three past Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship Award winners continue to make waves in the Bay Area.

Eleanor Harwood, 2004 Recipient
Since receiving her MFA in painting from California College of the Arts, Harwood participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area while working with Adobe Books to jump-start her curatorial practice. In 2006, she founded the Eleanor Harwood Gallery, showcasing a variety of San Francisco’s underrepresented artists. Encouraging visual artists, writers and musicians to experiment and take risks in their practice, Harwood’s space has been used as a vehicle for pushing local creatives in new directions.

Amy Balkin, 2002 Recipient
Balkin is a graduate of Stanford University currently utilizing her arts practice as a means of addressing critical questions such as  how humans create, interact with, and impact the social and material landscapes we occupy. Since winning the Fellowship in 2002, Amy has gone on to create notable projects such as Invisible 5, an audio tour of California’s Interstate 5 which uncovers environmental impacts and ghosted landmarks. Images from Invisible 5 are included in the photo grid above. Another ongoing project, Public Smog, includes a conceptual gesture in which Balkin buys and withholds carbon gas emission credits in order to help create a temporary clean air park. She also purchased land near Tehachapi, CA for the project, This is the Public Domain, a permanent international commons. Amy is currently apart of Bay Area Now 6, an exhibit at YBCA showcasing the identities and connections of Bay Area Artists to national and international art communities.

Leonie Guyer, 1983 Recipient
A 1989 painting MFA from the the San Francisco Art Institute, Guyer has exhibited at a variety of notable Bay Area spaces including YBCA, Mills College, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, and Cheryl Haines Gallery. Guyer has continued her passion for the arts by educating Bay Area artists both at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, Guyer is represented by Bay Area gallery, Triple Base.

About the Murphy & Cadogan Fellowships
Administered by The San Francisco Foundation, these Fellowships provide a varying number of annual tuition awards of $3,500 to MFA students in support of exploring and developing their artistic potential in digital art, illustration, film/video, hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture.