This Year's Award
This Year’s Awardee: Sandra Ono
Sandra Ono received her MFA from Mills College, following undergraduate studies at UC Davis and Imperial College, London. She has shown her work in exhibitions locally and nationally at venues such as Southern Exposure, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Incline Gallery, Electric Works, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Transmitter gallery in Brooklyn and in solo shows at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Ono currently serves as visiting faculty lecturer at Mills College and has been awarded artist residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, University of Texas at Dallas CentralTrak, Kala Art Institute, Southern Exposure and the Vermont Studio Center.
Sandra Ono’s sculptural work is informed by biology and physiology. Her choice of materials and forms arise from interests in the consequences of what we consume, and inversely, what consumes us. She frequently employs synthetic and ubiquitous, utilitarian products such as plastic bags, re-contextualizing these materials to create non-functioning, organic and corporeal forms which examine experiences of the human body, granting dimension to internal states.
This Year’s Finalists
This Year’s Jurors
Catharine Clark (Catharine Clark Gallery)
Hung Liu (Professor Emerita, Mills College)
Stephen Beal (President, California College of the Arts)
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, and currently in its first year, 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.
In our first year, 2016, we received 110 nominations and 77 applications from a diverse and strong group of artists representing a wide range of mediums and approaches. The number of compelling applications underlines the need to support artists in this challenging time.
2016-2017 Award Period
July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017
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
- 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