Research & Development


Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
$34,455
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition entitled High Craft in Chicago in the 1970s–80s. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

University of Chicago Arts
$24,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled Ruth Duckworth: Theme and Variations, investigating the effect of Chicago on the sculptor’s creative output, while also situating Duckworth’s work and charting her influence in the history of twentieth-century ceramics in Chicago. The grant supports one public symposium and two curatorial research trips. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

South Side Community Art Center
$69,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled RE Source: Art and Resourcefulness in Black Chicago, exploring the history and legacy of the practices of resourcefulness and reuse by African American artists in Chicago from the 1930s to the present. The grant supports one research convening; the formation of an advisory group comprising scholars, artists, and environmental activists; four national research trips; and the hiring of both a Terra Foundation Research Fellow and a Terra Foundation Engagement Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Newberry Library
$14,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition exploring the centrality of immigrant makers and communities to the history of printing in Chicago from the nineteenth century to the present. The grant supports a planning convening that includes designers and typographers, scholars of art and design, community partners, and audience-engagement specialists. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Museum of Contemporary Photography
$68,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition and catalogue tentatively entitled Dawit L. Petros: Prospetto a Mare, examining how colonialism and cultural memory are inscribed within the visual culture and built environment of Chicago. The project introduces a Chicago chapter to photographer Petros’s ongoing body of work examining cross-border flows and diasporas spanning Italy, North and West Africa, and North America, as well as the ways Fascist design and politics asserted itself in Chicago and within a larger transnational context. The grant supports one national and two international curatorial research trips and the hiring of a Terra Foundation Research Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
$23,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled Learning Together: Arts and Education and Community, generating new research on the unique role of Hull-House Settlement in the development of arts education in Chicago; in particular, understanding the pedagogy of the settlement’s network of Progressive Era activist artists. The grant supports two planning convenings to be organized with Gallery 400 and the hiring of both a Terra Foundation Research Fellow and an oral historian. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
$20,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled Chicago as Catalyst: Immigrant Communities Nourish Self-Taught Artists, exploring the impact of immigration and the immigrant experience on self-taught artists who began or expanded their artistic practice after arriving in Chicago. The grant supports virtual convenings, research travel to local and regional archives and collections, and the hiring of a Terra Foundation Research Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Hyde Park Art Center
$29,300
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled Patterns of Progress, exploring the life and legacy of Robert Paige and bringing renewed attention to his full body of work, including textiles, paintings, collages, and sculptures, while also highlighting his legacy as a member of the Black Arts Movement. The grant supports two planning convenings, local research travel, digitization of Paige’s art and personal papers, and hiring of a Terra Foundation Research Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Hyde Park Art Center
$59,360
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition documenting the work and influence of artist/curator Don Baum and artist/educator Alice Shaddle, particularly through their mentorship and pedagogy, on the development of art in Chicago. The grant supports three planned convenings; local, regional, and national travel to conduct archival research and oral history interviews; and the hiring of a guest curator and Terra Foundation Research Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago
$27,900
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled Learning Together: Art, Education, and Community, examining the art and pedagogy of Chicago artist educators in the later twentieth century up through the present. The grant supports two planning convenings in partnership with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the hiring of a Terra Foundation Research Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.