SECA Art Award

Since 1967, the SECA Art Award has honored more than seventy Bay Area artists with an exhibition at SFMOMA and an accompanying publication. The award distinguishes Bay Area artists whose work, at the time of nomination, has not received substantial recognition from a major institution. The 2022 SECA Art Award Exhibition will open in December 2022.

2019 SECA Art Award Recipients

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Sahar Khoury
Marlon Mullen


Marlon Mullen, Untitled, 2018; courtesy the artist; JTT, New York; and Adams and Ollman; © Marlon Mullen; photo: Charles Benton
Sahar Khoury, Untitled (Security Gate Topiary), 2019 (detail); courtesy the artist and Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco; photo: Becca Barolli
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, The Sower Pt. II, from The Uninvited Series, 2016; courtesy the artist; © Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Artist Eligibility

The SECA Art Award honors Bay Area artists whose work has not, at the time of nomination, been accorded substantial recognition from a major institution. SECA members, employees of SFMOMA, artists currently enrolled in an undergraduate or MFA program, and previous SECA award recipients are not eligible for the Art Award.

Application Review

Artists nominated for the SECA Art Award are invited to apply by submitting their C.V., an artist’s statement, and representative images of their work. The SECA Art Award co-curators select sixteen of these applicants for studio visits.

Studio Visits

Studio visits are led by the SECA Art Award co-curators and are open to all SECA members.

Selection of Art Award Recipients

Following the completion of studio visits, the SECA Art Award co-curators select the winners. This year’s co-curators are Andrea Nitsche-Krupp (assistant curator, media arts) and Jovanna Venegas (assistant curator, contemporary art).


The SECA Art Awardees are featured in an SFMOMA exhibition and an accompanying publication.

illy is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 SECA Art Award.