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Discovered: Emerging Artists of Sonoma County

November 19, 2019-February 2, 2020


Presented in collaboration with Creative Sonoma, Discovered features the ten recipients of the 2019 Discovered Awards. The five visual and five literary artists were selected from a pool of applicants through a highly competitive process for a chance to have their work featured in a major exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County. In addition to the exhibition, the winners are recognized through a cash award, public readings, and a professionally designed catalog combining their visual and literary work. The goals of the awards program are to recognize excellence in the visual and literary arts, foster professionalism and increase exposure for emerging visual artists and writers, and to cultivate public awareness and appreciation of the role of creativity in our community.

2019 Discovered Winners:

Visual Artists

• Nicole Irene Anderson

• Annette Goodfriend

• Ash Hay

• C.K. Itamura

• Nestor Torres Lupercio


Literary Artists

• Leilani Clark

• Ernesto Garay

• Chelsea Rose Kurnick

• Joy Lanzendorfer

• Nicole R. Zimmerman


This exhibition is supported by Creative Sonoma, Community Foundation Sonoma County, the County of Sonoma, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Discovered is supported by Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Artist Awards Endowment Fund which was created by more than 50 donors from 2007-2011 with support from the James Irvine Foundation.