2018 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 in hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, and sculpture.  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 in August 2018.

Applications are now open, with the deadline extended to submit your application on Monday, May 21 by 5:00pm. Please review the guidelines ahead of submitting your application.


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

Murphy Award winner Shirin Khalatbari explores the visual traces of history, including the impacts and legacies of colonialism, in order to create transformative environments in which perception of the present and reality are challenged. By combining photography, painting, sculpture, sound and video, Khalatbari’s work produces ambiance that defamiliarizes one’s sense of time and space, allowing the viewer to travel through spacetime.

Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Michelle Bonilla Garcia creates multidisciplinary works that address immigration, gendered labor and her personal experience as an artist of color living in the US.

Multidisciplinary artist Sarah Player Morrison works with video and performance to explore labor and gender performance in office culture.

Focusing on mimicry between plant and animal species, Livien Yin proposes intrusion into the surfaces that govern multi-species cohabitation. Invested in the metaphoric potential of soft materials, her assemblages and paintings push against rigid taxonomies


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.


2013 Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition Video

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.