The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona awarded the $10,000 prize at a reception at Davis Dominguez Gallery.
Murphy, a graduate of the University of Arizona, also directs and writes in theater and film. He recently founded his own film production company, MurphySpeaking Films, LLC, and is producing its third film, according to a news release.
Murphy earned high praise from the selection committee. He is “making films which are imaginative and inventive, creating opportunities for many Tucson actors and production personnel,” judge Cynthia Meier said. “Instead of leaving town to join a corps of actors and filmmakers in Los Angeles or New York, Brendan is attempting to create art here in Tucson, the place (where) he grew up.”
Buffalo Exchange owners Kerstin and Spencer Block established the award in 1994 to encourage creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts.