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Francis Chapin, City Scene, c. 1940, Terra Foundation for American Art, Gift of Bridges Collection.

Terra Foundation for American Art Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to Art Design Chicago

The Terra Foundation for American Art announced today that it awarded $2.5 million in support of thirty-three grants for projects that are a part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long initiative that examines the contributions of Chicago's artists, designers, and creative producers to art and design movements.

Grant monies will go toward the creation of a diverse range of exhibitions, publications, projects, and academic and public programs. Individual grants ranged from approximately $5,000 to $200,000, depending on the format, scope, and scale of the project. The recipients include Chicago Design Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Parks Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, South Side Community Art Center, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Video Game Art Gallery, the University of Chicago Center in Paris, and New York’s MoMA.

In total, the Terra Foundation is investing $6.5 million in bringing the initiative to fruition. This includes grants given to cultural partners as well as funds for promotional and administrative support. Organizations interested in developing public programming for Art Design Chicago currently have another opportunity to apply for funding through an application on the Terra Foundation’s website. The submission process will close in fall 2017, and the final round of Art Design Chicago grants will be announced in early 2018.

“With our fortieth anniversary approaching, we celebrate and reaffirm our commitment to our hometown in a way that recognizes its numerous and significant contributions to the creation and experience of art and design around the world,” said Elizabeth Glassman, president and CEO of the Terra Foundation. “We are honored and excited by the scholarly quality, depth, and innovative spirit of our partners’ proposals, and the enthusiasm with which so many organizations took on the opportunity to highlight the dynamic, yet lesser-known, narratives of Chicago.”

Art Design Chicago will take place across more than twenty-five venues throughout 2018. The full list of 2017 grant recipients is as follows:

Art Institute of Chicago
Bradley University Art Department
Caxton Club of Chicago
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Chicago Design Museum
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Parks Foundation
Chicago Public Library Foundation
DePaul Art Museum at DePaul University
DuSable Museum of African American History
Elmhurst College
Graham School, University of Chicago
Illinois Executive Mansion Association
Illinois Humanities
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Public Housing Museum
Newberry Library
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership
Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago
South Side Community Art Center
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
University of Chicago Arts, Public Art Program
University of Chicago Center in Paris
Video Game Art Gallery

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