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.

Applications are now open and due by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Application Guidelines

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

  • 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 a 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 January 31, 2021, be continuously enrolled in the same program and be in good standing through December 31, 2021. Award recipients may be required to provide proof of continuing school enrollment through December 31, 2021.
  • Previous winners of Murphy or Cadogan awards are not eligible to apply.
  • There is no application fee.

Questions? Please email Melanie Jimenez at mjimenez[at]

Work Sample Requirements
  • Recent work: We will only accept artwork samples that were completed in 2019, 2020, or 2021. 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: All samples must be uploaded through the online application in the form of JPGs or PDFs. Applicants may submit a total of 10 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, please limit to one image per page/slide. Multiple images per page/slide are NOT allowed.
    • For a combination of still images with audio or video, 1 minute of time-based media is equal to 2 images (e.g. you can submit 2 minutes of audio and 6 images, 3 minutes of audio and 4 images, etc.), not to exceed a total of 5 minutes of time-based media.
    • 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 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

Questions? Please email Melanie Jimenez at mjimenez[at]

How to Apply and Deadline
  • Submit your application through Submittable.
  • Deadline: Applications are due by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Questions? Please email Melanie Jimenez at mjimenez[at]

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 2021
  • Please note that award funds are sent directly to the financial aid office and credited to the students’ financial aid package.

We will be hosting workshops led by Murphy and Cadogan Award recipients in early Fall of 2021. We will share more information with awardees in June.

Questions? Please email Melanie Jimenez at mjimenez[at]

2020 Awardees and Exhibiting Artists
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

Murphy Award

Gregory Rick, Stanford University

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.”