Artadia James D. Phelan Award In the Visual Arts

Since 2005, The San Francisco Foundation has worked in partnership with the national arts funder, Artadia to support outstanding Bay Area artists.  Artadia provides visual art awards in seven U.S. cities, including San Francisco (which covers the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo). In their 2013 cycle, Artadia received 430 applications and named ten finalists and gave four cash awards. The San Francisco Foundation funds one of the four cash awards, the $15,000 James D. Phelan Award, given to one standout artist from among the ten finalists. Winning artists are introduced to curators and gallerists through studio visits, events, and meetings, and are given opportunities to participate in exchange exhibitions held in the other cities where Artadia is active.

James Duval Phelan (1861-1930) was born, raised, and educated in San Francisco before entering the family banking business. In 1897, he was elected as mayor of San Francisco and subsequently re-elected twice. He earned a great reputation for drafting a new city charter and beautifying the city through new parks and playgrounds. He was later elected to the U.S. Senate where he served from 1915 to 1921. During his lifetime he encouraged and financially aided writers, artists, and musicians, for whom he provided continued support through his will. The San Francisco Foundation began administering his trust in 1935.

The application process is open once every two years.  Artists may apply for the awards through the Artadia website. The San Francisco Foundation does administer this award. Interested applicants should apply through Artadia.

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Please visit the Artadia website.

Learn more about our previous awardees, and for more information about the Art Awards Program at The San Francisco Foundation, please contact us at 415.733.8500 or email us.