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). www.marcelapardo.com
THIS YEAR’S FINALISTS
THIS YEAR’S JURORS
Hesse McGraw (San Francisco Art Institute)
Lava Thomas (Artist)
Tanya Zimbardo (SFMOMA)
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