Propeller Fund

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Propeller Fund recognizes that small, self-organized operations constitute a large catalyst for the creative activity and vitality of the Chicago visual art world. These projects are responsible for much of the complexity and richness in the art community.

From artist organized events, informal roundtables and workshops, collectively organized exhibition spaces, and publishing endeavors, a large number of the activities that actively sustain Chicago's artists are informal, anti-institutional, or inconsistent in public presentation. These three attributes simultaneously fuel projects and disqualify them from traditional funding sources.

Propeller Fund exists to stimulate the growth of independent cultural production throughout Chicago; to encourage more varied models; to spread artistic activities into more diverse areas; to promote the public's interaction with and public recognition of such activities of our city; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats.

Launched in 2010, Propeller Fund is jointly administered by Gallery 400 and threewalls, and funded through the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. As of May 2015, Propeller Fund has awarded $300,000 in grant money since its inception.

To find out how you can support Propeller Fund, contact us: