The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces the recipients of the 2022 SECA Art Award, selected from a list of 16 finalists:
- Binta Ayofemi
- Maria Guzmán Capron
- Cathy Lu
- Marcel Pardo Ariza
- Gregory Rick
Binta Ayofemi is a multidisciplinary artist whose primary medium is the cities of Oakland and San Francisco, expressing Black and Indigenous presence, land and spatial practices and modes of Black abstraction. Through a juxtaposition of bright fabrics, bold prints and a variety of textures, Maria Guzmán Capron creates commanding icons in positions of tenderness, power, vulnerability and movement with a dynamic patchwork of hand-sewn textiles and applied paint. Cathy Lu is a ceramics-based artist who manipulates traditional Chinese art imagery and cultural references to deconstruct assumptions about Asian American identity and claims of authenticity. Marcel Pardo Ariza is a visual artist who explores the relationship between kinship and queerness through constructed photographs, color sets and site-specific installations. Gregory Rick creates vibrant, large-scale paintings that depict scenes of conflict and struggle in high contrast, cartoon-like imagery.
Detailed artist biographies, below.
Since 1967, the SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) Art Award has honored Bay Area artists with an exhibition at SFMOMA and an accompanying publication.
The award distinguishes Bay Area artists whose work has not, at the time of nomination, been accorded substantial recognition from a major institution. Recipients of the SECA Art Award are chosen by SFMOMA curators after a series of studio visits attended by SECA members.
Chelsea Ryoko Wong
The 2022 SECA Art Award exhibition at SFMOMA is curated by Andrea Nitsche-Krupp, assistant curator of media arts, and Jovanna Venegas, assistant curator of contemporary art.
“We could not be more excited to work with this group of artists. From wildly different practices and perspectives, these artists all create work that is bold and intimate and opens us up to experiences of our shared existence beyond art,” says Andrea Nitsche-Krupp. “After living through a period where our city was closed off for so long, and where we postponed SECA for a year, we are thrilled to reemerge with this dynamic group of artists and find ways to support their ideas and the new projects they would like to develop,” added Venegas.
On view December 17, 2022, through May 29, 2023, the 2022 SECA Art Award exhibition will be presented in SFMOMA’s California galleries on Floor 2. Each artist will have a dedicated gallery.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication edited by Andrea Nitsche-Krupp and Jovanna Venegas that includes essays on the five 2022 SECA Art Award winners.
illy is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 SECA Art Award: Binta Ayofemi, Maria Guzmán Capron, Cathy Lu, Marcel Pardo Ariza, Gregory Rick. Generous support is provided by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art experience group.
ABOUT THE ARTIST RECIPIENTS: