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.

Announcing the 2023 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awardees

Murphy Awardee
Joanna Keane Lopez, Stanford University

Cadogan Awardees
Salimatu Amabebe, University of California, Berkeley
Jonathon Bout, San Francisco State University
Xianghan Cheng, California College of the Arts
Lynse A. Cooper, California College of the Arts
Cynthia Gonzalez, San Jose State University
Valencia James, University of California, Berkeley
Leah Koransky, San Francisco State University
Wendy Liu, Stanford University
Nivedita Madigubba, University of California, Berkeley
Jessica Monette, Stanford University
Lucía Moreno Nava, San Francisco State University
Yunfei Ren, Stanford University
Chelsea América Torres, San Francisco State University

Curated by
Kevin B. Chen

Save the Date

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony
September 14, 6–9 PM
Celebrate this year’s awardees with this all-ages opening reception and awards ceremony!

2023 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition
On view September 15–October 6, 2023
A focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts


Past Awardees and Exhibiting Artists
2022 Murphy Award and Cadogan Scholarship Awardees

Murphy Award
Gericault De La Rose, University of California Berkeley

Cadogan Award
Irma Yuliana Barbosa, University of California Berkeley
Carolina Cuevas, California College of the Arts
Dance Doyle, California College of the Arts
Eniola Fakile, University of California Berkeley
Rachell Hester, San Jose State University
Thad Higa, Mills College
Tina Kashiwagi, Stanford University
Charles H. Lee,III, California College of the Arts
Philippa Renshaw, San Francisco State University
Tiare Ribeaux, University of California Berkeley
Maryam Safanasab, San Francisco State University
Jake Shapiro, San Francisco State University

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

Curated By
Kevin B. Chen

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.”