Credit: Minnesota Street Project
Credit: Minnesota Street Project
Credit: Minnesota Street Project
Credit: Minnesota Street Project
Credit: Minnesota Street Project

This Year's Award

This Year’s Awardee: Indira Allegra

Indira Allegra is a performance artist, sculptor and writer. She uses text/ile production to shuttle between social intervention, memorial and an obsession with unseen forces like memory, haunting and emotions born from trauma. Allegra conceives of weaving as the crossing of any two forces held under tension and is curious to explore how this ancient technology can offer contemporary insights into human patterns. She works with tension as creative material in physical, social, and emotional forms.

Allegra has been honored with the Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant, Jackson Literary Award, Lambda Literary Fellowship, and Windgate Craft Fellowship. Her work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and Surface Design Magazine. Her commissions include works for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland, and SFJAZZ Poetry Festival. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Arts Incubator in Chicago, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Catharine Clark Gallery, Weinberg/Newton and The Alice Gallery among others. She has screened works at the Seattle Art Museum, MIX NYC, Bologna Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest Fusion.

Indira’s writing has been widely anthologized, and she has contributed works to Foglifter Magazine, Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazineand Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought, among others. She has been a visiting artist at Southern Denmark University and is a former Shelly Osborne visiting artist at UC Berkeley and Art + Process + Ideas Visiting Artist at Mills College.



Leonie Guyer
Amy Ho
Sophie Ramos
May Wilson


Kevin Chen (Artist, Curator, Administrator, Educator)
Apsara DiQuinzio (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis |MATRIX Curator, BAMPFA)
Katrina Traywick (Director/Owner Traywick Contemporary)

Award Details


Award Period

Award Goals

The Award Includes:

Selection Process


Selection Criteria

Selection Process


February 1-5

Invitations to apply will be emailed

March 15

Applications are due


The jurors will meet to discuss and evaluate the applications


The five finalists will be notified

End of April

Finalists will be interviewed; exact date to depend on the jurors' schedules

Early May

Finalists will be informed of the award recipient

June 1

The award recipient will be announced