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: Marcela Pardo Ariza

Marcela Pardo Ariza explores the relationship of wry humor, queerness and representation through color sets and prop-like objects. Her photographs incorporate quotidian objects in seemingly absurd ways, creating tableaux that mix recognizable elements with magical realism. Pardo Ariza is interested in the action of looking within the theatricality of “the set,” and her visually provoking portraits seek to explore metaphors regarding race and gender.

Pardo Ariza received her MFA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute in 2016, following undergraduate studies at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. She is from Bogotá, Colombia and has worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Clocktower Gallery (Manhattan, NY), a co-Director at the Swell Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and Co-Founder/Director of NoRoof Gallery (San Francisco, CA. Pardo has curated shows at Cranium Corporation (San Francisco, CA); Residence/SF (San Francisco, CA); and CTRL+SHFT collective (Oakland, CA). Her photographic work has been shown at Glasshouse (Brooklyn, NY); SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Embark Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Zoo Labs, guest curated by Et al. (San Francisco, CA); and Root Division (San Francisco, CA).


Indira Allegra
Sofía Córdova
Whitney Lynn
Minoosh Zomorodinia


Hesse McGraw (San Francisco Art Institute)
Lava Thomas (Artist)
Tanya Zimbardo (SFMOMA)

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