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Wednesday, Sep 4 2013

Every two years, SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) gives out awards in conjunction with SFMOMA. It's a one-two punch that bestows attention and celebrity on emerging Bay Area artists who deserve more attention and celebrity. The SECA Art Awards usually culminate in an exhibition at SFMOMA, but with the museum's closing and expansion, the 2012 winners were left without the traditional venue to show off their work. Which is why nontraditional venues are where — starting Saturday, Sept. 14 — you'll find the work of the 2012 winners. In downtown Oakland, Zarouhie Abdalian has made a sound installation that will emanate from Frank Ogawa Plaza. At the Neptune Society Columbarium near San Francisco's Inner Richmond District, Josh Fraught has installed mixed-media sculptures. In San Francisco's Presidio, David Wilson has implanted a 16-foot-high drawing, with the work's exact location and other details found on hand-drawn maps available at SFMOMA's entrance on 151 Third St. (Wilson is also doing five other SECA projects.) And at SFMOMA's website (, filmmaker John Herschend will debut his film, Stories From the Evacuation, about all the moving of art and personnel that happened at the museum in the past four months. During its shutdown, SFMOMA is saying "it's more open than ever." The SECA exhibitions are proof of that.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 3. Continues through Sept. 28, 2013

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