The James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography is a biennial award given in recognition of artistic achievements by California-born artists. Established by the Trust of James D. Phelan, former San Francisco Mayor, United States Senator and arts supporter, the annual competition in a variety of disciplines is sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation. SF Camerawork administers the photography award and displays selected works in its galleries.
This year’s winners were selected by jurors Daniell Cornell, Curator of American Art and Director of Contemporary Art Projects at the de Young Museum, and Lisa Dent, director of the Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco. Winners include:
Geoffrey Ellis –Ellis travels around the country, documenting forgotten and neglected objects and signs in our everyday lives, sharing with viewers the places they ignore or never see.
Apollonia Morrill -- Morrill creates color site studies of places of transition and historic sites in flux including a series focused on San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.
Walt Odets – Odets has chronicled everyday America in black and white portraits and landscapes for 40 years.