Grant Opportunities for Chicago's Art Professionals

A new and much needed source of funding for artists, curators, writers and other art professionals has just debuted in Chicago.


From the Propeller Fund press release:

Gallery 400 at UIC and threewalls announce Propeller Fund and
the initial round of this new granting opportunity for independent
visual artists, curators and visual art groups in Cook County, IL.
Applications Due: August 1, 2010, with 15 winners announced in October
workshops to introduce Propeller Fund, with tips, hints and advice on
how to prepare an application will be held in the area during

Wednesday, June 2, 6 pm: Gallery 400, 400 South Peoria Street,
Saturday, June 5, 12 pm: Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 South
Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst
Saturday, June 12, 1 pm: Mess Hall, 1060 East 47th Street,
Saturday, June 19, 12 pm: Little Black Pearl, 6932 North
Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
Wednesday, Jun 23, 6 pm: threewalls, 118 North Peoria Street
#2C, Chicago
Propeller Fund is founded to support visual arts projects that
are: independent, informal, and self-organized. Shannon Stratton,
Executive and Creative Director, threewalls, states: “Propeller
Fund has been created to identify and help sustain the range of
Chicago’s autonomous visual arts facilitators and presenters.
Propeller Fund recognizes that the efforts of individuals working
independent of institutions and formal funding structures are vital to
the creation of a diverse and dynamic creative landscape. With the
generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,
threewalls and Gallery 400 look forward to providing meaningful
support to those projects.”
goal is to stimulate further independent growth throughout Chicago; to
encourage more varied models of visual arts presentation; to spread
the self-organized activities into more diverse areas; to promote the
public’s interaction with, and public recognition of such
activities; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats. “This
is an exciting time in Chicago. Creative people are making their own
projects and activities on a range of scales and trajectories.
Propeller Fund provides an opportunity to support, recognize, and
accelerate this dynamic independent visual arts activity. We at
Gallery 400 are pleased to be partnering with threewalls and the Andy
Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts on Propeller Fund, and look
forward to Propeller Fund’s role in the arts in Chicago.” 
writes Lorelei Stewart, Director, Gallery 400 at UIC.
Propeller Fund will provide support at two levels:
grants at $6,000
grants at $2,000
two-tiered funding structure spread amongst 15 projects is devised to
provide substantial support for major costs-printing, rental,
honoraria, material, shipping, research time, with the aim to ensure
that each project has the resources to live up to its ambitions.
Launched in May 2010, Propeller Fund is administered jointly
by Gallery 400 and threewalls. Initial support for the program is
provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts as part of its
initiative to promote informal and independently organized visual arts
activities across the United States. Previous re-granting programs
initiated by the foundation are located in San Francisco, CA
(Alternative Exposure), and Houston, TX (The Idea Fund).
questions can be addressed at one of the informational workshops or
contact Propeller Fund at: or call
information on the Propeller Fund Website.
Become a Fan of Propeller Fund on Facebook.
Follow Propeller Fund on Twitter.


Leave a comment