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 winner of the Murphy Award receives $40,000, and winners of the Cadogan Scholarships receive $6,500 each. Each winner has their work displayed in a professionally curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center.
NEW DEADLINE EXTENSION: Applications are due Tuesday, June 30th, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PST.
- 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.
- Students must have completed at least one semester of graduate study as of January 31, 2020, be continuously enrolled in the same program and be in good standing through December 31, 2020. Award recipients may be required to provide proof of continuing school enrollment through December 31, 2020.
- Previous winners of Murphy or Cadogan awards are not eligible to apply.
- There is no application fee.
- For SFAI students: Students will need to provide information and a form of confirmation regarding the Arts Institution to which they will be transferring to in the Fall of 2020. This institution must be in one of the following counties of the Bay Area: Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and the city and county of San Francisco.
Work Sample Requirements
- Recent work: We will only accept artwork samples that were completed in 2018, 2019, or 2020. 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)
- Size (width/height/depth)
- Date of completion
- Applications are due Tuesday, June 30th, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PST.
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 will be notified in June 2020.
- Please note that award funds are 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 you. You must fill out a W9 form and are responsible for working with your accountant in reporting the funds on your taxes.
We will be hosting workshops led by Murphy and Cadogan Award recipients in the early fall of 2020. We will share more information with awardees in June.
Questions? Please email Melanie Jimenez at mjimenez[at]sff.org.
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.”
2019 Awardees and Exhibiting Artists
Lexygius Calip, San Francisco Art Institute
Narges Poursadeqi, California College of the Arts
Xandra Ibarra, University of California Berkeley
Megan Hinton, Mills College
Jordan Hartney, California College of the Arts
Ghazal Rahimi, University of California Berkeley
Mad Luellen, Stanford University
Cristine Blanco, Mills College
Hannah Waiters, California College of the Arts
Stuart Robertson, Stanford University
Beril Or, San Francisco State University
Nicole Shaffer, San Francisco State University
Margot Becker, California College of the Arts
Lena Wright, San Francisco Art Institute
Yetunde Olagbaju, Mills College
Brian Bartz, University of California Berkeley
Shirin Towfiq, Stanford University