Chicago Public Program


National Veterans Art Museum
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support programming offered in conjunction with the inaugural National Veterans Art Museum Triennial, featuring a survey exhibition exploring 100 years of veteran art, from World War I to the present day. Public programming includes gallery tours, public dialogues, and workshops.

Elmhurst Art Museum
$15,000
Elmhurst, Illinois
2019

To support programming and the development of a guidebook associated with the exhibition What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-98, which surveys the legacy of Chicago Imagism and the next generation of artists who responded to it. Programming includes a panel discussion; two public lectures; gallery tours with artist and exhibition curator, Phyllis Bramson; family day programs; and a student program.

Design Museum of Chicago
$7,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support “Raising Products,” a public programming series that explores the impact and history of African American and Latinx artists and designers on product, fashion, furniture, and brand design in the United States. The project is produced in collaboration with blkHaUS studios, a socially focused creative studio that aims to uplift and transform marginalized communities through design projects at the neighborhood level.

Chicago Humanities Festival
$90,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support a three-year grant for the annual Terra Foundation Lectures on American Art at the Chicago Humanities Festival’s Fallfest, a multi-week celebration of the humanities across Chicago. For more than a decade, the Terra Foundation Annual Lectures have featured respected scholars, critics, and artists who speak about American art topics related to the annual festival theme.

Chicago Architecture Biennial
$50,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support a series of American art- and design-focused public programs as part of the third Chicago Architecture Biennial, in 2019. The programs are intended to stimulate dialogue about contemporary topics related to the built environment, each re-evaluating the historical impact and significance of American art, design, and related archival materials.

Art Institute of Chicago
$150,000
Chicago, Illinois
2018

To support the Terra Foundation American Sources Program: “Teachers Using Artworks as Primary Sources” for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic years. This intensive program uses American art to build teachers’ and students’ skills in historical inquiry, source analysis, and visual literacy. Primary activities include professional development for teachers, curriculum development, and museum visits for students.

Art21
$10,000
Chicago, Illinois
2017

To support a free public panel discussion and video screening with artist and graphic novelist Chris Ware, exploring the role of comics in American art at the Art Institute of Chicago. The panel discussion is organized in conjunction with the organization’s PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Pentimenti Productions
$11,550
Chicago, Illinois
2016

To support two free public programs during fall 2016 centered on filmmaker Suzanne Simpson’s 1973 film Karl Wirsum. Each program includes a screening followed by a panel discussion featuring artist Karl Wirsum and others. The first program focuses on the artist’s work in Northern California in the early 1970s, and the second focuses on the significance of music for the artist and in the film.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
$15,000
Chicago, Illinois
2016

To support a series of ten free public programs in conjunction with the exhibition Post Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980-2016. The exhibition features art by Bill Traylor, Elijah Pierce, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Ulysses Davis, and Thornton Dial, among others, and related programming focuses on the relationship between black identities and outsider artmaking.

Edgar Miller Legacy
$15,000
Chicago, Illinois
2016

To support a series of programs about Chicago artist Edgar Miller that explores Miller’s work through the lenses of fine and folk art, architecture, and design, and that also considers his personal legacy and influence on Chicago culture.