Terra Foundation Gives $2.5 M. to Groups for 2018 Art Design Chicago

Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1972, gelatin silver print.


The Terra Foundation for American Art announced today that it has given grants totaling $2.5 million to 31 cultural organizations developing projects for the upcoming Art Design Chicago 2018, a citywide event focused on the area’s art and design legacy.

Fifteen projects are receiving Terra Foundation grants for the first time. This follows an expansion of this year’s selection criteria, which extended beyond fine and decorative arts to include projects focused on film, graphics, commercial work, and product design. The individual grants range from $5,000 to $200,000 and will go toward the creation of exhibitions, publications, projects, and academic and public programs.

In a statement, Terra Foundation’s president and CEO Elizabeth Glassman said, “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.”

The full list of grant recipients includes:

  • 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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