Artadia is pleased to announce the six Finalists for the 2022 San Francisco Bay Area Award:

This year’s semi-final jurors were Linda Dougherty, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art; Liz Park, Richard Armstrong Curator of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and Joseph Becker, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, SFMOMA. 

On the jurying process, Liz Park remarked “how meaningful and necessary it is for artists to receive direct support to continue their work” and subsequently shared, “I’m honored to have taken a small part in serving Artadia’s mission to buoy artists at a critical moment in the development of their practice.”  

“The Artadia Award offers meaningful support to emerging and mid-career Bay Area artists, in both the public recognition of the quality of their work and the financial aid to continue developing their practice,” noted juror Joseph Becker. “I’m grateful to the over 300 applicants who submitted incredible work for review and the special opportunity to discuss these diverse artists in-depth with my co-jurors.”

 Fellow Juror Linda Dougherty emphasized the finalists’ excellence: “I am impressed by the diverse range of work represented by the six Finalists, all pushing the boundaries of art-making and materials, and exploring subjects and narratives that are incredibly timely and relevant.” Becker concurred, “The six finalists, unanimously selected and equally compelling, offer a rich array of approach, subject, and materiality in their work.”

The 2022 San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Award application was open to visual artists working in any visual media, at any stage in their career, who have been living and working within Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties for a minimum of two years.

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Since its founding in 1999, Artadia has awarded over six million in unrestricted funds to over 360 artists nationally. Celebrating visual artists and the foundational role they play in shaping society, the Artadia Award benefits three artists annually in each of seven major US cities with high concentrations of creative workers—Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and New York. Beyond the grant, the Award includes lifelong access to a community of fellow artists and patrons. The Artadia Award is designed to provide essential funding and recognition to artists at pivotal points in their careers, strengthen their communities, and spur new levels of career achievement. 

The 2022 San Francisco Bay Area awards are supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the Artadia Board of Directors, Artadia Council Members, and individual donors across the country.

Image Captions:

Top, left to right: Maria A. Guzmán Capron, Laine Justice, Astria Suparak

 Bottom, left to right: Taro Hattori, Gregory Rick, Miguel Arzabe