The Terra Foundation for American Art has launched a grant initiative focused on the history of art and design in Chicago between the Great Fire (1871) and the close of the twentieth century.
Through the initiative, the foundation will award grants of up to $35,000 in support of freshly conceived exhibitions, academic programs, publications, and public programs designed to deepen and expand understanding of the visual arts and design that emerged from Chicago (1871–2000); Chicago's distinctive character as an art and design center and the diverse factors that have shaped Chicago's artistic culture; and the ways in which Chicago artists and designers have engaged with and influenced culture nationally and internationally.
Projects funded through this initiative will be key elements of Art Design Chicago, the first-ever large-scale exploration of Chicago's art and design history. Culminating in a major series of concurrent exhibitions and public programs in 2018, Art Design Chicago will shed new light on the artists and designers associated with Chicago, the city's role as a metropolitan art center, and its significant contributions to visual and material culture worldwide.
Art Design Chicago will include a comprehensive communications campaign designed to raise awareness locally/internationally and drive public participation. Programs must be scheduled during the second half of 2018 to take full advantage of the marketing efforts for the initiative.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than September 27, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by December 1, 2017.
See the Terra Foundation website for a complete program description, eligibility criteria, and application instructions and deadlines.