Art Awards

Art Awards

The foundation is proud to bestow a variety of awards in literature, visual arts, film/video and playwriting that help foster innovation and individual artistic growth within our community.

Community Leadership Award

The Community Leadership Award for art acknowledges under-recognized artists for their significant contributions to the Bay Area. Learn more.

Literary Awards

The SFF/Nomadic Press Literary Award offers 20 winning writers $5,000 to each recipient for their outstanding work in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Learn more.

Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards

The Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowships 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 in digital art, film/video, hybrid (multi-disciplinary) practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. The winner of the Murphy Award receives a cash award, and winners of the Cadogan Scholarships receive tuition assistance. Murphy Award winners and Cadogan Scholarship recipients will be in a professionally curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center and encouraged to facilitate workshops held by SOMArts during the duration of the exhibition. Learn more.

Rella Lossy Playwright Award

The Rella Lossy Playwright Award honors the memory of the late Rella Lossy, a lifelong lover and champion of the American theater and playwriting. The annual award goes to one emerging playwright and his or her world premiere play. Half of the $5,000 award covers production costs of the play and the other half is given to the playwright.

The San Francisco Foundation does not administer the Rella Lossy Playwright Award. Interested applicants may apply to the award through Theater Bay Area.