The 2011 Propeller Fund Awardees

Propeller Fund is excited to announce the 2011 awardees.

Special thanks our 2011 Propeller Fund jury: Naomi Beckwith, Courtney Fink, Nicholas Frank, Faheem Majeed, and Anne Elizabeth Moore. And much appreciation to The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, funder to Propeller Fund through its Regional Regranting Program.

Propeller Fund awards are given at two levels:
Five grants at $6,000
Ten grants at $2,000

Here are the 2011 winners and summaries of their projects:

24 HRS/25 DAYS PLUS ($6000)
Ben Foch and Chelsea Culp: NEW CAPITAL is a temporary, artist-run exhibition project. 24HRS/25DAYS is a 25 day-long final closing event in which artists, writers, and the public are invited to collaboratively produce, exhibit, and document culture, art works, and performances, 24 hours a day.

A Cultural Reader ($2000)
Marco Kane Braunschweiler and Martine Syms: A Cultural Reader, produced by Golden Age, is a series of four commissioned book-length texts on art, design, literature, and film written to foster and promote a critical dialogue between art and design within Chicago.

A Day at Stateville ($2000)
Revonne Monroe, James Chapman, Danny Franklin, Amin Akbar El-Rukn, Duffie Clark, Ted Johnson-Bey, Melvin Haywood, Erma Hollingsworth, Cynthia Rush, and The Changing Minds Campaign Members: A Day at Stateville is a stage performance that highlights a typical day-in-the-life of convicted felons. Performed by ex-offenders, the play describes various aspects of crime, punishment, criminal justice policy, and prisoner re-entry initiatives for the ex-offender.

Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project ($6000)
Adam Green, Alice Kim, Amy Partridge, Carla Mayer, Ellen Rothenberg, Jan Susler, Joey Mogul, Laurie Palmer, Mary Patten, and Vickie Sali Casanova: This project invites artists and all those who seek justice to submit proposals for a speculative monument to memorialize Chicago Police torture cases.

Disciplines Journal ($2000)
John Neff and Andrew Blackley: Disciplines, a print journal, will inquire into exchanges between artistic disciplines and disciplines of daily life. As editors, Neff and Blackley are also interested in the ways in which academic and cultural disciplines are constituted as grounds for cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices.

E-Dogz Mobile Culinary Community Center ($2000)
Eric “E-Dog” May: E-Dogz Mobile Culinary Community Center is a collaborative mobile kitchen project that is a platform for the cross-pollinating of foodways. E-Dogz celebrates street food— mongrel cuisine born out of necessity for affordable and portable foods for mobile urban populations. Through collaborative cooking practices, Eric and his guest chefs develop new recipes that reflect the contemporary food landscape and promote evolving cultural expressions.

Expose, Intervene, Occupy: Re-interpreting Public Space ($2000)
Annette Barbier, Drew Browning, Mat Rappaport, Conrad Gleber, John Marshall, Cezanne Charles, Gail Rubini: The collectives unreal-estates and V1b3 propose an augmented reality application for internet enabled mobile devices that will interrogate the meaning of public space using models, images, text, and movies overlaid on locations in Chicago’s Loop.

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation ($2000)
Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carre: The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is a two-day festival that presents outstanding works of experimental animation. Eyeworks features new and emerging artists, as well as influential and rare works of classic animation.

Fereshteh Toosi and Jamie Sebold: Audio interviews about family recipes and food traditions will be compiled into a sculptural book accessible to readers both sighted and blind. Artists and Chicago residents will collaborate to translate oral history into innovative spatial and material design.

Hyde Park Kunstverein ($2000)
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Erik Peterson, Laura Shaeffer, Beate Geissler: Hyde Park Kunstverein is a community museum housed within an historic Hyde Park mansion. Utilizing the model of the German “kunstverein,” or art union, HPK aims to leverage the cultural energy of the neighborhood with activist art exhibitions and meals.

Monsters and Dust ($6000)
Editors: Chris Pappas, Aay Preston-Myint, and Joe Proulx; Designers: Jordan Williams, Brian Case, Alexander Valentine, and Joshua Hauth: Monsters and Dust
is a multimedia journal produced in Chicago, with each issue asking artists, writers, musicians, and critics to respond creatively to a chosen theme, often in collaboration with one another.

Revival ($2000)
Frankie M. Brown, Andres L. Hernandez, L. Anton Seals, Jr: Revival is an outdoor public art event that will highlight arts-based community development models and creatively engage citizens in dialogue about Chicago’s urban revitalization efforts.

Territory ($6000)
Helen Slade, Mike Newman, Rashmi Ramaswamy: Using public art, architecture, and urban planning practices, the Museum of Contemporary Phenomena will collaborate with Albany Park teenagers to identify tensions and opportunities in neighborhood spaces, and to create a temporary outdoor installation/occupation that addresses and transforms public perception of familiar territory.

Sixty Inches From Center: The Chicago Arts Archive ($2000)
Nicolette Caldwell, Tempestt Hazel, Andrew Roddewig: Sixty Inches From Center
documents and engages the visual arts in Chicago. The Chicago Arts Archive consists of documentation that includes video, audio, photography, editorial essays, and interviews. The material, cataloged and featured on the Chicago Art Archive website, is used as an educational and promotional support tool for community engagement and as a means to capture and contribute to the most innovative aspects of Chicago’s peripheral visual culture.

The Happiness Project ($2000)
Tricia Van Eck (6018NORTH): The Happiness Project is an exhibition that invites artists to be catalysts to encourage new thinking about cultural policies. In various storefronts, artists will create events, performances, and interventions, fostering communal discussion of what happiness might look like for themselves, others, and the city.