Artists Run Chicago Fund

Program Overview

Artists Run Chicago Fund is a unique regranting initiative that has provided more than 1 million dollars in support to artist-run platforms since 2020, infusing Chicago’s contemporary art network with flexible, unrestricted financial support to strengthen their diverse and experimental programs. 

The fund acknowledges the important contributions of artist-run platforms to the Chicago art community and strengthens artist-to-artist support networks, while prioritizing platforms led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQIA, women artists and artists with disabilities. Grantees have included artist-run galleries, maker-spaces, festivals, art writing and programming platforms, and much more.

The 2023 Artists Run Chicago Fund is generously supported by the Builders Initiative, Field Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

 

                     

Program Goals

  • To support artist-run platforms and acknowledge their important contribution to the Chicago art community.
  • To strengthen the network of artist-run platforms in Chicago.
  • To aid self-organizing artists to create more opportunities for other artists to show and develop their practice in Chicago.
  • To fund platforms that deliver diverse and experimental programs.
  • To boost financial support for platforms run by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual), womxn artists and/or artists with disabilities.
  • The 2023 Artists Run Chicago funding cycle is now closed. Stay tuned for Artists Run Chicago 2024!

Artists Run Chicago Fund Grantees

2023

{\}() {\}?‡!(){\} Tangential Unspace Art Lab – No Nation, AMFM, ¡Anímate! Studio ,Apparatus Projects, Bird ShowBlanc Gallery, Brown Wall Project, CCAM: Center for Concrete and Abstract Machines,  Compound Yellow, Contra Corriente 2024 + Porta(til) Design Project,  Dragonfly Gallery & Creative Spaces,  The GREYSTONE Collective, in ℅ Black WomenInga, Jude Gallery (Tala), Liberated Arts Movement, Marimacha Monarca Press, Narrow Bridge Arts Center, The Optimist Gallery at Depression Press Mfg. & Ink, Inc., PO Box Collective, POCAS (People of Color Artist Space), Prairie, PRESS HERE: Center for Mad Culture, Produce Model, The Reservoir Collective, Roman Susan, Sandbox Symphony, Sin Cinta Previa, SpaceShift Collective, Terrain Exhibitions, Tiny Table Gallery, TRQPITECA, VGA Gallery

2022

Bird Show, Bridge, Center for Native Futures, Companion Cooperative, Contra Corriente 2023, Convictions, Hoofprint, Intersect, Mayfield, Mothers Healing Circle, Narrow Bridge Arts Center, Out of Site Chicago, SITE/less, Watershed Art & Ecology, WILD YAMS: Black Mothers and Caretakers Artist Residency

2021

{\}() {\}?‡!(){\} Tangential Unspace Art Lab – No Nation, Alt_Space, AnySquaredAxis Lab, Chicago Artists Writers, Concerned Black Image Makers, Cultivator, DFBRL8R,  DIVINE Art Book, Englewood Arts Collective, Film Front,  GnarWare Workshop, in ℅ Black Women, LevelUP IRL, Marimacha Monarca Press, Performance Response Journal, Produce Model, QTVC Live!, The Weaving Mill, Sin Cinta Previa,

2020

0624th Ward Project Space65GrandACRE ProjectsAdds Donna, AMFM, Annas, Apparatus ProjectsBad At Sports, Blanc Gallery, boundary, Chicago Art DepartmentChuquimarcaCleaner Gallery + Projects, Clutch, Comfort Station, Compound Yellow,  Co-Prosperity Sphere/Public Media Institute, D Gallery, Devening Projects, DocumentExperimental Sound Studio, F4FThe Franklin, Heaven GalleryIceberg ProjectsIgnition Project SpaceJulius Caesar, Lawrence and Clark, LVL3Mujeres MutantesNightingale CinemaOhklahomo, Practise, Prairie, Roman SusanRoots & Culture, Rootwork Gallery, Silver Room, Slow, The SuburbanSweet Water Foundationtable, Terrain Exhibitions, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, TRQPITECA, Trunk Show, VGA Gallery, Wedge ProjectsWestern Pole

Artists Run Chicago at a Glance

Initiated during the challenging years of the COVID-19 outbreak, the ARC Fund has created breathing room for artist-run projects to continue to innovate and thrive. The grants have increased the platforms’ capacity to pay artists to make new work, hire staff, pay existing staff, build residency programs that attract visiting artists to the region, increase BIPOC-led platforms, and invest in socially engaged practices.

For over two decades, Hyde Park Art Center has been an ally for independent art spaces. The Art Center presented the first Artist Run Chicago exhibition in 2009 with contributions from 40 spaces in existence between 1999 and 2009. A publication documenting the energy of artist-run spaces was produced by Three Walls and published by Green Lantern Press. Our 2020 exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0 celebrated the work of 50 artist-run spaces operating between 2010 and 2020 that continue to fuel Chicago’s independent art scene. The Artists Run Chicago Fund was an evolution of this work.

Since 2020, the fund has awarded 119 grants to Chicagoland artist-run platforms. In 2023, Hyde Park Art Center partnered with Terra Foundation for American Art to provide additional funds for a distinct project for Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration that highlights the city’s unique artistic heritage and creative communities. To date, the Artists Run Chicago Fund has awarded over 1 million dollars in financial support and we’re still going strong!