2018 Jack & Gertrude Murphy and the Edwin Anthony Award & Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Art Scholarships Application Guidelines

The Awards

The Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarships are available to Bay Area MFA students to underwrite tuition for their continued academic study.

These awards assist students enrolled in an MFA program at qualifying institutions in developing and exploring their artistic potential in painting, sculpture, hybrid practice, installation art, mixed media, drawing and photography. Submissions will be judged by a panel of art professionals. The jurors’ decisions will be based solely on merit and are final. There is no application fee.


The awardees will also be invited to participate in an exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center in August 2018.


Awardees will be notified by July 2018. 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.


Applicants must be MFA (not MA) students actively pursuing a graduate degree at the California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, or the University of California, Berkeley.

Students must have completed at least one semester of graduate study as of January 31, 2018, be continuously enrolled in the same program, and be in good standing through December 31, 2018. Award recipients may be required to provide proof of continuing school enrollment through December 31, 2018. Previous winners of Murphy or Cadogan awards may not apply.

Deadline To Submit

The 2018 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards are due by Friday, May 11, 2018 by 11:59pm. Please submit online using Submittable.

Work Samples

We will accept only artwork samples that were completed in 2016, 2017 or 2018. All work samples must be uploaded to Submittable 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 application on [Submittable.com] 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.

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


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.

Questions? Please email Maisha Quint at mquint@sff.org or call 415-733-8528.