George Josimovich, Illinois Central, 1927, oil on canvas, 41 x 46 1/2 in. (104.1 x 118.1 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2004.1

Art Design Chicago Grants

In response to the growing interest in local and regional art histories within in the American art field, the Terra Foundation for American Art has launched Art Design Chicago, a grant initiative focused on the rich history of art and design in Chicago between the Great Fire (1871) and the close of the twentieth century. Through the initiative, the Terra Foundation will offer grant support for freshly conceived exhibitions, academic programs, publications, and public programs designed to deepen and expand understanding of:

  • The visual art 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
  • Ways in which Chicago’s artists and designers have engaged with and contributed to culture nationally and internationally.

At this time, the foundation is inviting grant requests from organizations in Chicago and elsewhere in the United States and abroad for exhibitions, academic programs, public programs, and publications. Exhibitions and public programs funded through this initiative are expected to take place during the second half of 2018 to take full advantage of the foundation’s marketing efforts for Art Design Chicago, which will be most active July through December. Academic programs that receive support should be completed by the end of 2018. 

The foundation seeks to fund projects designed to make a new contribution to the understanding of Chicago’s art and design history. This special initiative is in line with the Terra Foundation’s focus on historical American art; projects must be primarily concerned with art and design made before 1990.

If you have questions about Art Design Chicago grants, please visit the Art Design Chicago FAQs page or contact Grants Manager Amy Gunderson ([email protected]) or Program Director of Education Grants & Initiatives Jennifer Siegenthaler ([email protected]).