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RESCHEDULED | MFA Artists Talk: Recent Cadogan Scholarship Awardees

February 25, 2021 | 8:30 pm

8:30pm ET | 7:30pm CT | 5:30pm PT

This program has been rescheduled to a later date. Stay tuned for updates.

In support of Bay Area MFA candidates, the Northern California Chapter invites you to join us on Thursday, February 25 (8:30pm ET/ 7:30pm CT/ 5:30pm PT) for a visit with recent Cadogan Scholarship Awardees Dominique Birdsong, Amy Elkins, and Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien.

The distinction is part of The Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships (aka The Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards). These awards help fuel the forward-thinking visual arts movement that makes the Bay Area unique. Established in 1986, the awards were designed to further the development of the region’s MFA students and to foster exploration of their artistic potential.

The winners receive financial awards and have their work displayed in an exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center. As universities and students have been impacted by COVID-19 this past year, the 2020 exhibition, curated by artist, curator, and educator Kevin B. Chen, made the pivot online so awardees can celebrate safely from their homes. We are pleased to present this Artists Talk by three of the year’s talented awardees.


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About the Artists

Dominique Birdsong is a San Francisco-based artist working in a variety of media, from acrylic paint to concrete, plaster, and resin cloth. Her work explores the relationship between death and identity. Reflecting on a personal experience of loss, she states, “The impact that it has on me is extreme, prompting me to question my identity: who I am now and who I was before I lost them.” Birdsong completed her BFA from Humboldt State University. She is currently an MFA candidate at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Amy Elkins works primarily in photography and with a series-based approach that oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary. She has spent the past fifteen years researching, creating and exhibiting work that explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration. Elkins received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Art Practice program at Stanford University. She has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.

Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien is a multimedia artist based in San Francisco. An urban Mapuche descendant, born and raised in Chile, her work reflects on feelings of sadness, nostalgia, and dislocation as collective constructions in attunement to places and territories. Through collage, photography, and installation, her work interrogates the way in which memory, culture, and race function in relation to Indigenous contemporary identities and new systems of knowledge. Huenchuleo Paquien graduated from University of Concepción, Chile, with a degree in psychology. She completed a Post Baccalaureate in Visual Arts at UC Berkeley Extension. She is currently a third year MFA candidate at San Francisco State University.

Thank you to Northern California Chapter Executive Committee members Donna Napper, Co-Chair and Maren Jones, Finance Chair for organizing this program.

Images clockwise from top left: Dominique Birdsong, A Conversation, 2019, clay, concrete, red LED light and wood base; Amy Elkins, Holding Pattern, 2020, pigment print on adhesive fabric, stop motion animation on two 13” Clear Tech Televisions, print on cotton, used prison uniforms, stainless steel hangers, industrial steel pipes and fittings. Claudia Huenchuleo Paquien, Kallfü Füdo, 2020, photograph. Images courtesy of the artists.


February 25, 2021
8:30 pm
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