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 Magazine, and 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. http://indiraallegra.com/home.html
THIS YEAR’S FINALISTS
THIS YEAR’S JURORS
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)
The Tosa Studio Award recognizes one San Francisco Bay Area artist each year, offering financial support and a studio space to help establish and further an arts career.
Sponsored by Victoria Belco and William Goodman, the award will annually provide a promising artist a $10,000 stipend and use of a private studio at 1240 Minnesota Street in the Minnesota Street Project studio building for the award period, with access to the Minnesota Street Project facilities and participation in the creative community.
July 1-June 30
The award is intended to help artists – one at a time – continue to work and forward a productive arts career in the increasingly expensive Bay Area. The stipend and use of a studio located in the Minnesota Street Project will assist by providing time, space, resources, and exposure within a dynamic community of artists and galleries.
The award is envisioned to support a talented emerging or under-recognized artist – with the sponsors initially defining this as someone who does not yet have exclusive gallery representation, has not had the benefit of a major solo show, does not have a dedicated studio space, and does not have an extensive track record of awards and residencies.
The sponsors increasingly see, however, that each of those elements has many “shades” within it, and that even many artists who have had the benefit of previous awards, a solo show, or some form of gallery representation are still in need of the help this award could give them.
The Award Includes:
- Year-long studio residency at the Minnesota Street Project, 1240 Minnesota Street, in San Francisco (please note that this is a studio residency only; housing is not included)
- Award term runs from July 1-June 30
- $10,000 stipend
- Approximately 400 square-foot studio
- Facilities access: 4000 square-feet of communal workspace and resources (including wifi, woodshop, digital media lab, printing presses, kiln, kitchen)
- Engagement with the Minnesota Street Project community
- Participation in Open Studio events
- Access to Minnesota Street Project public events
A $1000 grant will be awarded to each of the four finalists not selected for the studio award (Finalist Award)
- Invitation to apply is by nomination only
- Artists who currently reside in the Bay Area counties of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Napa, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma
- Students who will be enrolled in a degree granting program during any part of the award period in the are not eligible for the award
- Applicants should not currently have adequate studio space
- Artists must be able to commit to the residency during the award period, and be able to make full use of the studio (this does not disqualify applicants otherwise employed)
- Not be recipient of prior or simultaneous awards greater than the sum of $10,000 at the time of the award (previous school or university scholarships, fellowships, and grants not included)
- Employees of Minnesota Street Project and those with existing studio leases at Minnesota Street Project are not eligible to apply
- Tenured and tenure-track professors are not eligible to apply
- Quality and merit of past work – broadly including conceptual creativity, originality, and artistic excellence
- Commitment to an arts practice, preferably in the Bay Area
- Willingness to engage with and benefit from the opportunity and experience provided by the award
- Economic need (and past support) will also be considered, as will adequacy of any existing studio space, following an emphasis on quality of work
- Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness, and artists will be notified that their applications are complete
- A jury of three esteemed Bay Area artists and arts professionals will evaluate each application and select five finalists
- Finalists will present their work in a 20-minute, in-person interview with the jury
- The successful applicant will be notified and the award announced