SFMOMA assistant curators Jenny Gheith (painting and sculpture) and Tanya Zimbardo (media arts) have just announced the finalists for the 2012 SECA Art Award. This installment of the museum’s biennial award is especially exciting: for the first time in the award program’s history, the museum will be commissioning new work offsite.
Up to four winners will be announced in December. Selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants, the finalists are:
Since 1967 SFMOMA and its art interest group SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) have honored Bay Area artists with the SECA Art Award, which includes an SFMOMA exhibition, an accompanying catalogue, and a modest cash prize. This fall the curators will lead group studio visits with each of the finalists to discuss their practices and offsite commission proposals. The SFMOMA offsite exhibition featuring the award recipients’ work will open next fall.