Art Design Chicago

An initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Art Design Chicago is an ongoing exploration and celebration of Chicago’s distinct contributions to American art and design. This partnership with cultural organizations throughout Chicago examines the city’s art and design history and legacy through exhibitions, public programs, academic projects, and publications. The second edition of Art Design Chicago is coming in 2024.

Art Design Chicago 2024  is a call to examine the confluences of artists, designers, and creative ideas in Chicago and their impact on art and design in the city and beyond. This edition offers increased support for cultural partners’ work to reach new audiences and deepen community-engagement efforts.

The first initiative in 2018 brought together more than 95 cultural organizations to examine Chicago’s art and design legacy through exhibitions, public programs, special events, and tours throughout the year, as well as several new publications, resulting in the first large-scale exploration of the topic.

Art Design Chicago 2024

Building on the success of Art Design Chicago 2018, the 2024 edition places additional emphasis on audience- and community-engagement efforts and highlights the work of contemporary artists and designers. Art Design Chicago 2024 examines how the history of visual art and design in Chicago is shaped by the migration of peoples across geographies, ideas across disciplines, and influences across time, from past to present.


Through Art Design Chicago, the foundation will fund deeply researched exhibitions, academic and public programs, and publications.

To learn about current grant opportunities, eligibility, and our application procedures, read our grant guidelines for Art Design Chicago 2024.


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Art Design Chicago 2018

Art Design Chicago 2018 created a citywide partnership between more than 95 cultural organizations that produced 46 exhibitions and more than 300 programs.

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The 2018 edition supported the development of scholarly publications and digital resources, such as audio and video, exhibitions, and classroom tools, resulting in 45 publications and digital projects.

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Throughout 2018, more than 2.5 million visitors engaged in Art Design Chicago exhibitions and events.

Learn about the impact.