Exhibition

2017 SECA Art Award

July 15–September 17, 2017

Floor 4

The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition highlights five Bay Area artists, each with a dedicated gallery, in their first major museum presentations: Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney, and Lindsey White. Everett’s paintings reveal traces of their making, evidence of deliberate and repetitive actions focused on movement and materials. In her intricately patterned compositions, McCarthy transforms surfaces into bursts of line and vibrant color. Using made and found photographs, McFarland reckons with the challenges of representing the landscape. Mooney incorporates natural, industrial, and hand-crafted elements in sculptures that explore the relationships between bodies and objects. In her most recent work, White takes humor seriously, making photographs and sculptures inspired by stage performers such as comedians and magicians.

The SECA Art Award, established in 1967 by SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, has recognized and brought broader visibility to more than 70 Bay Area artists.

Lead support for 2017 SECA Art Award: Alicia McCarthy, Lindsey White, Liam Everett, K.r.m. Mooney, Sean McFarland is provided by Shawn and Brook Byers. Generous support is provided by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art interest group, and Carlie Wilmans.

Exhibition Preview

  • Artwork image, Liam Everett, Untitled (Bagnac), 2016

    Liam Everett, Untitled (Bagnac), 2016; photo: courtesy the artist and Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco

  • Liam Everett installation view

    2017 SECA Art Award (installation view); photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, ​ Alicia McCarthy, Untitled, 2015

    Alicia McCarthy, Untitled, 2015; photo: courtesy the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery

  • Alicia McCarthy installation

    2017 SECA Art Award (installation view); photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, Sean McFarland, Untitled, 2016

    Sean McFarland, Untitled, 2016; photo: courtesy the artist and Casemore Kirkeby

  • Sean McFarland installation

    2017 SECA Art Award (installation view); photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, K.r.m. Mooney, Accord, A Chord I, 2016

    K.r.m. Mooney, Accord, A Chord I, 2016; photo: courtesy the artist, Reserve Ames, and Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco

  • K.r.m. Mooney installation image

    2017 SECA Art Award (installation view); photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, Lindsey White, Butterfly Mummy, 2016

    Lindsey White, Studio 8, 2016; photo: courtesy the artist

  • Lindsey White installation

    2017 SECA Art Award (installation view); photo: Katherine Du Tiel



About SECA

Learn more about SECA (the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), which has honored over seventy Bay Area artists with the SECA Art Award since 1967.