Three Stanford students win art awards, take part in San Francisco exhibition

Three Stanford graduate art and art history students received scholarships and presented their work as part of an annual exhibition dedicated to the future of the Bay Area visual arts.

Livien Yin is one of three Stanford graduate art and art history students who received the 2018 Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarship.

MIGUEL MONROY, SALLY SCOPA and LIVIEN YIN were among 16 artists represented at the 2018 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition from Aug. 16 to Aug. 20. The event, which is organized by the SOMArts Cultural Center and The San Francisco Foundation, identifies young artists from Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the Bay Area whose work intersects with emerging trends.

Monroy, Scopa and Yin were also awarded the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships as part of the event. The scholarship provides $6,500 to each student toward MFA studies.

“It was an amazing opportunity for us,” Monroy said. “A lot of curators and representatives from other galleries are aware of this show. So it was exciting to present my work alongside other incredible artists.”

Monroy, who is from Mexico City, showcased two art installations at the exhibition. His first piece included video footage from a drone he flew over Mexico City. The second work included traffic signs with paradoxical writings such as “This is not a sign” and “Pay no attention to this sign.” Monroy said his work comments on technology and issues of urban surveillance. He aims to disassemble the meaning of objects and systems in daily life through video, photography and sculpture.

Scopa presented a sculptural wall piece at the exhibition as well as a series of four prints inspired by tactile children’s books. She incorporates textured surfaces into her work to study how individuals orient themselves in space, not only through visual relationships, but also through a haptic understanding of materials. A native of San Francisco, she earned an undergraduate degree in visual and environmental studies from Harvard University.

The textile piece Yin showcased at the exhibition represents the king snake and the coral snake. The two snakes look similar, but only the coral snake carries venom. Yin’s recent work has examined the cohabitation of different animals and the entangled fate of species that evolved to mimic each other. She uses fabric, wire, synthetic and natural fibers in her art. Yin earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Reed College.