The Terra Foundation for American Art has just announced the launch of ART Design Chicago, a grant initiative which will explore Chicago’s diverse history of art and design. Focusing on the work produced from the time of the Chicago Fire, in 1871, through the close of the last century, the program is set to include dozens of exhibitions, academic programs, public programs, and publications.
The Terra Foundation is a granting institution “dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences.” Terra provides funding through grants and fellowships to institutions and individuals. Funds can be used for exhibitions, academic programs, academic fellowships, publications, as well as for primary education and public programs.
While the events and exhibitions will take place in Chicago, organizations from around the world were asked to participate. Those awarded grants will be expected to produce exhibitions and public programs for the second half of 2018. Grant winners will be announced in June. Though proposal deadlines have passed for most of the categories, a second round of public program grants will open for application later in 2017.
The wide range of grants being offered by the Terra Foundation includes publication grants, expected to range from $3,000 to $10,000, and academic program grants for up to $25,000. In all cases, grantees are expected to dig deep into archival resources and include contributions from scalars from Chicago, as well as across U.S., and abroad.
The Terra Foundation is based in Chicago, with an additional center in Paris, France. The foundation is behind shows around the world, including current exhibitions in London, Mexico City, Denmark, Barcelona, and around the United States.