2012 Awardee Lucky Pierre Final Meals Filming

Final Meals Filming
March 10, April 7, May 19, 3-8pm
Grace Church of Logan Square
3325 W. Wrightwood Ave., Chicago, IL 

Final Meals is a community-based performance/video installation. Each final meal as published by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 1982 is prepared, consumed, and filmed. Lucky Pierre and volunteers from the community cook recreations of the final meals requested by Texas death row inmates. A volunteer is then videotaped eating the meal. The recorded video is a single 22-mintue overhead black and white shot. The food is the focus of the video, what is prepared, what is consumed-a final gesture towards bodily maintenance and comfort. 310 final meals have been published online by the State of Texas (in 2003 the State stopped publicly listing final meal requests). Over the past 10 years Lucky Pierre has now re-created 197 meals. When completed, the project will include over 200 hours of footage.

To volunteer to eat a meal and be filmed, see Complete your contact information and select the time slot you are available to volunteer. Your day and time will be confirmed within 24 hours of completing this form.

2017 Awardee Queer the Air at Open Television Tonight

Open Television Tonight
March 6, 6-8pm
MCA Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL


Join OTV, a platform for intersectional television created as Open TV, as they premiere a new slate of original pilots and series! In the style of The Late Show they ‘ll screen three projects from the upcoming 2018 season (Seeds, Yogma, and Code-Switched), interviewing the creators, and taking questions and feedback from the audience, all while a DJ spins original beats

Artist Tax Workshop

Artist Tax Workshop

Wednesday, February 28, 6pm

Gallery 400

400 S. Peoria St

Hosted by Propeller Fund, this workshop led by Janet Ecklebarger will instruct recent grant recipients and applicants on how to properly claim grants on their taxes and how to account for artwork sales, honoraria, and more. In addition to sharing her insights on tax-filing best practices for artists, Janet will also be able to address questions pertinent to individualized circumstances.

Janet Ecklebarger earned her Master’s degree from Cranbrook, in 1992. She has been working as a tax associate since 2005 and specializes in deductions for artists, musicians, and other creative types while also offering tax and accounting techniques for the right brained.

Propeller Fund Archive Internship

The Propeller Fund, a Chicago-area grantmaking organization for visual artists, seeks a part-time, temporary intern to research, document, and archive past grantee projects. Propeller is looking for someone who is organized, a self-starter, and interested in documenting the dynamic activities of socially engaged artists in Chicago. The intern will work under the supervision of Propeller Fund staff to archive materials that will be compiled in a comprehensive publication documenting the organization’s funded projects from the last eight years. The goals of the internship include: updating and maintaining the Propeller Fund archive, promoting the community of Propeller Fund artists and projects, and playing an integral role in demonstrating the importance of Propeller Fund projects as a catalyst for the creative activity and vitality of the Chicago visual art world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ongoing archival work related to grantee activities
  • Researching and compiling photographic, written, and media content
  • Scanning and archiving printed material and ephemera
  • Documentation of grantee events and programs, as needed
  • Interviewing past grantees and Propeller Fund staff
  • Identifying and inviting project participants to contribute written content to website and printed materials
  • Writing analyses of activities, programs, partnerships, and exhibitions
  • Copyediting content for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Managing contact with grantees to ensure accuracy and thoroughness

Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and Google Drive. Desirable skills include a high degree of organization, attention to detail, ability to work independently, and strong writing and communication skills.

Please send letter of interest and resume to

2016 Awardee For the People Artists Collective City-Wide DO NOT RESIST? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence


Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6pm – 9pm 

Uri-Eichen Gallery – 2101 S. Halsted St

6:00 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Discussion with Larry Redmond and Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression and lead organizer in the campaign for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).



Friday, January 20, 2018 at 6pm – 9pm

Art in these Times – 2040 W. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd Floor 

6:00 PM Doors Open

7:00 PM Panel & Discussion with Kelly Hayes of Truthout, Maya Dukmasova of the Chicago Reader,Trina Reynolds-Tyler of Invisible Institute, and activist, organizer, journalist and City Bureau fellow Charles Preston as moderator.

Art In These Times will be a satellite exhibit space as part of our multi-site exhibition. Housed within the walls of In These Times, an independent, non-profit magazine dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice since 1976, the space will focus on themes of historical reporting and data on police violence as pedagogy, and as a tool for uncovering a long legacy of Chicago police violence.

Exhibiting Artists: Invisible Institute – Theresa Campagna  – Kelly Hayes


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2014 ACRETV Double Feature: <3 and The Republic

Double Feature: <3 and The Republic
Two ambitious experimental narratives each realized with hilariously singular visions. Looping all month.
Airing on
January 1-31, 2018
<3 by LNZ:
“Constructed as a loosely woven spiraling death odyssey of the night, LNZ’s body moves through different forms of digital imagery until finally being uploaded to the internet to live forever. Formally, its a 60 minute selfie.
A coming of age story in a technological communications revolution where love gets uploaded, digitally dislocated, unseen, and lost bit by bit into an asynchronous internet landscape.”
The Republic by James N. Kienitz Wilkins and Robin Schavoir:
The Republic is a narrative with precedents set more by the philosophical thought experiments of Plato, More and other imagineers of Utopias than by drama or film. While there are characters and these characters have emotions and drives, and while there are funny and sad moments, the real preoccupation—the final overall image, in my opinion—is how a society is structured, and how that structure changes to accommodate new parts.”
—Robin Schavoir

2015 Awardee John Preus presents Herd Mentality

The Beast: Herd Mentality
Opens February 15, 2018
Montserrat Art Academy, Beverly, MA

Herd Mentality is the second iteration of John Preus’s The Beast project, originally exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago in 2014, made largely from materials collected from closed Chicago Public Schools. Preus considers his exploration of public space within our contemporary economic framework, taking the material remains of economic casualty, in this case retired fishing boats from a struggling local industry, to create a public space that will host conversations on questions of public space, tribalism, and our contemporary political climate

2017 Awardee The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food Exhibition Opening

Robin Hustle’s SLIT WAVE SHEATH HEARTH Exhibition Opening
December 10, 2017, 2-5PM, with readings & performances at 3PM 
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food

1371 W Estes Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food is pleased to present a new project by Chicago-based artist Robin Hustle, featuring work by Hustle and Thomas Kong. SLIT WAVE SHEATH HEARTH opens on Sunday December 10 from 2-4PM, with readings and performances from 3PM by Fionnuala Cook, Marnie Galloway, Sara Heymann, Nance Klehm and Ruby T. The exhibition continues through February 18, 2018, and is open to visitors 7 days a week. For more information visit

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2017 Awardee Queer the Air Crowdsourcing Campaign

Queer the Air Crowdsourcing Campaign is live! 
The donation page can be found here.
Queer the Air is a docu-web series hosted by Coriama Couture, a Chicago-based artist and sex educator. The series is centered around interviews with Black queer folx, and covers everything from gender identity and relationships, to body image and self care. The show aims to provide a voice for those who are often left out of mainstream conversations surrounding LGBTQ+ issues. Coriama’s charm and matter-of-fact style wit, is guaranteed to keep viewers entertained. She celebrates the variety that exists among Black queer folx with guests from all different backgrounds and lifestyle choices. Queer the Air focuses on spreading #blackjoy. Watch it for the culture.

2017 Awardee An Art of Interruption: Restructuring Narratives of Poverty (Red Line Service) hosts Winter Break

Red Line Service: Winter Break
Celebrating & building community
December 12, 1:30-4pm
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60637
A celebration of community, with free food & drink, art activities, gallery tours, a conversation about radical compassion, and more!
This event is free and open to the public, with a special invitation extended to those currently experiencing homelessness.