2019 Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarships

The Jack K. & Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony & Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships help fuel the continued forward-thinking visual arts movement that makes the Bay Area unique. Established in 1986, these awards are designed to further the development of Bay Area MFA students and to foster the exploration of their artistic potential. The winner of the Murphy Award receives $40,000 and winners of the Cadogan Scholarships receive $6,500 each. All awardees will have their work displayed in a professionally-curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center.

Applications for the 2019 program will be accepted between Feb. 22 and April 26, 2019.

Application Guidelines


  • The Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarships are available to Bay Area MFA (not MA) students to underwrite tuition for their continued academic study. These awards assist students enrolled in a MFA program to develop and explore their artistic potential in painting, sculpture, hybrid practice, installation art, mixed media, drawing and photography.
  • Students must have completed at least one semester of graduate study as of January 31, 2019, be continuously enrolled in the same program, and be in good standing through December 31, 2019. Award recipients may be required to provide proof of continuing school enrollment through December 31, 2019.
  • Previous winners of Murphy or Cadogan awards may not apply.
  • There is no application fee.


  • Apply via Submittable here.
  • Work Samples:
    • We will accept only artwork samples that were completed in 2017, 2018 or 2019. All work samples must be uploaded with your application to be considered for the award.
  • Visual Art Submissions: Work must be created solely by the applicant; collaborations are not accepted. All samples must be uploaded through the online application in the form of JPGs or PDFs. Applicants may submit a total of ten images, numbered in the order they want the work reviewed.
    • Each image should be saved with the following naming convention: viewing order, and the artist’s name (e.g. “01Evans, 02Evans, etc.”).
    • Individual images should be 1MB or less in size. If submitting multiple images, multiple images per page are NOT allowed. Please limit one image per page/slide.
    • For a combination of still images with audio or video, 1 minute of time-based media is equal to 2 images (i.e., you can submit 2 minutes of audio and 6 images, 3 minutes of audio and 4 images, etc.), not to exceed 5 minutes of time-based media.
    • Work must be created solely by the applicant; collaborations are not accepted-we already say this in first paragraph “Visual Art Submissions” not sure if it needs to be repeated?
  • Visual Art Work Sample List: Applicants must upload a one-page PDF document with a numbered work sample list. This document should indicate the following for each work submitted:
    • Name of saved image (e.g. “01Evans, 02Evans, etc.”)
    • Title of work (if any)
    • Medium
    • Size (width/height/depth)
    • Date of completion
  • SAMPLE: Work samples can include performance aspects of movement and/or interaction if artists’ practice encompasses this. Applicants can clarify this relationship within the one sentence (50 words or less) description accompanying the particular work sample.

Deadline To Submit

  • Applications are due by Friday, April 26, 2019 by 5:00pm PST.

Award Decisions, Notification and Payment

  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of art professionals. The jurors’ decisions will be based solely on merit and are final.
  • Awardees will be notified in June 2019.
  • Please note that the award funds will be sent directly to the financial aid office and credited to the students’ financial aid package. UC Berkeley and Stanford students: The funds will be sent directly to the students. You will be required to fill out a W9 form and are responsible for working with your accountant in reporting the funds on your taxes

We will be hosting workshops led by Murphy & Cadogan Award recipients on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 1–4pm. We will share more information with awardees in June.

Questions? Please email Melanie Jimenez at mjimenez@sff.org.


Gertrude Murphy was a San Francisco-based sculptor. She was a recipient of numerous art awards, and exhibited her work at the deYoung Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her husband, Jack K. Murphy was a civic leader who served as president of the Jackson Square Association.

Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan met while attending the San Francisco Art Institute and later were both active members of the Marin Society of Artists. Adalaine devoted herself to painting and sculpture and Edwin worked primarily in oil painting and stoneware pottery. He was an alumnus of Berkeley High School and served as the head the art department at College of Marin, where Cadogan Hall is named in his honor. Adalaine and Edwin both experienced financial difficulties while in art school and understood the great impact scholarships could make during this early phase in an artist’s career. The Cadogans never had children, but in a handwritten letter to the foundation, Mrs. Cadogan wrote that she wished for the “art students of the future to be our children.”


Cadogan Scholarships
Michelle Bonilla Garcia, California College of the Arts
Sophia Cook, San Francisco Art Institute
Ben Cornish, San Francisco Art Institute
Ricki Dwyer, UC Berkeley
Preston Fox, California College of the Arts
Heesoo Kwon, UC Berkeley
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
Daniel Southard, San Francisco State University
Tashi Wangdhu, Mills College
Livien Yin, Stanford University

Murphy Award
Shirin Khalatbari
Michelle Bonilla Garcia
Sarah Player Morrison
Livien Yin


Kevin Chen Photo

Kevin B. Chen is a curator, writer, and visual artist. He currently serves as co-chair for the City of Oakland’s Public Art Advisory Committee and member of Recology’s Artist in Residence Program Advisory Board and Root Division’s Curatorial Committee. He also manages the Artist Residency Program and Public Programs at the de Young Museum and is visiting faculty at Stanford University. He was Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, where he curated over 60 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs. He has also curated projects for Headlands Center for the Arts, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco & Kearny Street Workshop. His curatorial work has been reviewed in publications nationally, including Art in America, afterimage: the journal of media arts and cultural criticism, Sculpture Magazine, and the Huffington Post. His own visual work has exhibited locally at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Southern Exposure, Palo Alto Art Center, Jack Fischer Gallery, and nationally at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA), Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL), Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (Ft. Myers, FL), Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis, MO), and The Kitchen (New York, NY).

Based in Oakland and New Mexico but having spent most of her life moving between city centers, the Navajo Nation, and the Gila River Indian Community, Grace Rosario Perkins is interested in disassembling her personal narrative and reassembling it as one that layers words, objects, faces, signifiers, and sound built from cultural dissonance, language, and history.

Grace has lectured at venues such as the Mills College Painting department, Pomona College, UC Santa Barbara, Occidental College, the San Francisco Public Library, Real Time and Space Oakland, and the Museum of Arts and Design NY. Her lectures centralize land, biography, collaborative practice, and material. She has been an artist-in-residence at Facebook HQ, ACRE, Varda Artists Residency, Sedona Summer Colony, White Leaves, Kala Art Institute, and nominated for the Liquitex Painter’s Residency and Tosa Studio Award at Minnesota Street Project.  Her collaborations range in size and practice from her previous work with Black Salt Collective to the recurring work with her father Olen Perkins and an array of artists from her DIY and indigenous communities.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto//Faluda Islam\\ is an artist, performer, zombie drag queen and curator of mixed Pakistani, Lebanese and Iranian descent. His work explores complex identity politics formed by centuries of colonialism and exacerbated by contemporary international politics. Bhutto unpacks the intersections of queerness and Islam and how it exists in a constant liminal and non-aligned space.  Bhutto was curatorial resident at SOMArts Cultural Center where he co-curated, The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience and is a fall artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Bhutto is currently based in the Bay Area from where he received his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in the summer of 2016. Today he works as a teaching artist, community arts facilitator and part time unicorn in San Francisco.