Artadia is pleased to announce the 2019 San Francisco Awards Finalists:

Mike Henderson

Angela Hennesy

Dionne Lee

Ranu Mukherjee

Sam Vernon

Vij was impressed with the breadth of ideas explored by every applicant: “It was heartening to witness the rigor in practice and precision in politics from each of the Bay Area finalists. It is clear that these artists have an appetite to push the boundaries of their respective mediums while confronting the seismic impacts, locally and globally, of our political structures – from racism to environmental degradation, and global capitalism. ” 

Harden felt similarly of this year’s selection; “The diversity in practice, medium, and locale of the finalist highlight the sustaining and critical efforts artists in the Bay Area are confronting. It is exciting to see how the Bay Area, while in a state of increased economic and social duress, continues to foster conceptual and experimental aesthetics of play and contestation for its practicing artists.  

This is Artadia’s twelfth Award cycle in San Francisco. The application was open to all visual artists living in the five Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo for over two years, working in any media, and at any stage of their career. Finalists and Artadia Award recipients are selected through Artadia’s rigorous, two-tier jury review process. In the first round of review, jurors evaluated the merit of all submissions and collaboratively determined the five Finalists. 

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that supports artists with unrestricted, merit-based Awards followed by a lifetime of program opportunities. Artadia is unique in that it allows any artist to apply, engages nationally recognized artists and curators to review work, and culminates in direct grants. Since 1999, Artadia has awarded over $5 million to more than 330 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

The 2019 San Francisco Artadia Awards are generously supported by The San Francisco Foundation, Artadia San Francisco Council members, and Artadia’s Board of Directors.