Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarships

Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarships

The Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships help fuel the forward-thinking visual arts movement that makes the Bay Area unique. These awards were established in 1986 and are designed to further the development of Bay Area master of fine arts students and to foster the exploration of their artistic potential. The winners of the Murphy Award and the Cadogan Scholarships receive financial awards (award amounts to be determined when applications reopen). Each winner also has their work displayed in a professionally curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center.

This exhibition and program are done in partnership with SOMArts Cultural Center.

Applications for the award and scholarships are closed.

Application Guidelines

Please click on the sections below to read more about the Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarship application guidelines and how to apply.

Eligibility

  • 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 an MFA program to develop and explore their artistic potential in painting, sculpture, hybrid practice, installation art, mixed media, drawing, and photography. See this guide to check if you are eligible to apply.
  • Students must have completed at least one semester of graduate study as of Fall 2021, be continuously enrolled in the same program, and be in good standing through Fall 2022 Award recipients may be required to provide proof of continuing school enrollment through Fall 2022.
  • Previous winners of Murphy or Cadogan awards are not eligible to apply.
  • There is no application fee.

Questions? Please email Esailama G. Artry‑Diouf at eartrydiouf[at]sff.org.

Work Sample Requirements

  • Recent Work: We will only accept artwork samples that were completed in 2020, 2021, or 2022. Work must be created solely by the applicant; collaborations are not accepted. All work samples must be uploaded with your application to be considered for the award.
  • Submission Formats: Applicants will be allowed to submit work samples in two formats:
    • Image Work Sample: Applicants will upload (1) Work Sample PDF that will include up to 10 image based work samples with the artwork details and descriptions. Work Sample .pdf must not exceed file size limit of 10mb. Please use the work sample template linked below.
    • Time-Based Media Work Samples: Applicant submitting time-based media (i.e. video or audio) will be prompted to provide URL link(s) to an online video streaming platform and artwork information directly on SlideRoom.
    • For a combination of still images with time-based media (i.e. audio or video), 1 minute of time-based media is equal to 1 images (e.g. you can submit 2 minutes of time-based media and 8 images, 3 minutes of time-based media and 7 images, etc.). If you plan to submit all time-based media as you work samples, you may not to exceed a total of 10 minutes.
    • Maximum of 10 work samples will be accepted per submission. Additional samples exceeding the maximum will not be reviewed.
    • 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 fewer) description accompanying the particular work sample.
  • Work Sample Template (Download): Please follow the instructions for the work sample template.
    • Make a copy of this Google document by clicking ‘File’ at the top left of the toolbar and selecting ‘Make a Copy’ in the drop-down menu
    • On the copied document, insert up to 10 work sample images, artwork details, and descriptions.
    • Download file as .pdf, rename the file with following format ‘LastNameFirstName_Work Sample’
    • Upload the .pdf onto the SlideRoom application.

Questions? Please email Esailama G. Artry‑Diouf at eartrydiouf[at]sff.org.

How to Apply and Deadline

Applications for the award and scholarships are closed.

  • Applications open: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Deadline: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 11:59PM (PST)
  • Submission template: Work Sample Template

Questions? Please email Esailama G. Artry‑Diouf at eartrydiouf[at]sff.org.

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 are notified in June
  • Please note that award funds are sent directly to the financial aid office and credited to the student’s financial aid package.

We will be hosting art workshops led by Murphy and Cadogan Award recipients in early Fall of 2022. We will share more information with awardees in June.

Questions? Please email Esailama G. Artry‑Diouf at eartrydiouf[at]sff.org.

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Past Awardees and Exhibiting Artists
2021 Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarship Awardees

Murphy Award

  • Ahn Lee, University of California Berkeley

Cadogan Scholarships

  • Haley Summerfield, San Francisco State University
  • Eve Werner, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Natasha Loewy, San Francisco State University
  • Krystal Ramirez, Stanford University
  • Ester Karnoski, California College of the Arts
  • Bryce LeFort, California College of the Arts
  • Rae, Mills College
  • Erica Deeman, University of California Berkeley
  • Miguel Novelo, Stanford University
  • Adrienne Defendi, San Jose State University
  • Katayoun Bahrami, California College of the Arts
  • Katharine T. Jacobs, San Jose State University
  • Andrew Catanese, Stanford University
  • Edgar Fabián Frías, University of California Berkeley
  • Kakou, University of California Berkeley
2020 Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarship Awardees

Murphy Award

  • Gregory Rick, Stanford University

Cadogan Scholarships

  • Alexandru Salceanu, Mills College
  • Amy Elkins, Stanford University
  • Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien, San Francisco State University
  • Consuelo Tupper, California College of the Arts
  • Dominique Birdsong, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Fred DeWitt, University of California Berkeley
  • Gabriella Grill, Stanford University
  • Janeil Champoy Lim, University of California Berkeley
  • John Contreras, San Jose State University
  • Leonard Reidelbach, San Francisco State University
  • Monica Valdez, San Jose State University
  • Zhongyu Yuan, California College of the Arts
About Our Donors

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, Adalaine wrote that she wished for the “art students of the future to be our children.”