July 31, 2019

The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Opening Reception

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6–9pm
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street

Opening with a reception and awards ceremony Thursday, September 19, 6–9pm, awards at 7:00pm, The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition surveys new work from the 17 recipients of the competitive Jack K and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships. 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 K 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.

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

Cadogan Scholarships 

Beril Or
Brian Bartz
Cristine Blanco
Ghazal Rahimi
Jordan Hartney
Hanah 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

Kevin B. Chen

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. sff.org


Image credit: Shirin Towfiq, All The Mysteries Are Now Unveiled (translated from Persian), Quilted velvet, 6’ x 5’, 2018.




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