The 2012 Propeller Awardees

Special thanks to our 2012 Propeller Fund jury: Brandon Alvendia, Andres Hernandez, Irena Knezevic, Karsten Lund, and Mary Patten. 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

America/n ($2000)
Holly Abney, Travis Hale, Heather Lindahl, Bill Talsma, Michael Thomas, and Mary Zerkel: America/n is a 13-hour public presentation, performance, and discussion about the U.S. constitution. The event will take place on election day, Tuesday, November 6, during polling hours (6am to 7pm) at Defibrillator Gallery, 1136 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Twenty-four contributors will provide content for an open platform of discussion. A publication documenting the event will be released on Inauguration Day 2013. 

AREA Chicago Issue #13: Home and Housing ($6000)
Jayne Hileman, Muindi Muindi, Gabrielle Toth, and Rebecca Zorach: Area Chicago’s Issue #13 examines housing. The print and web-based publication will include a variety of contributions—text, image, and video—considering housing in both concrete forms (specific sites, buildings, histories, and activist campaigns) and broader conceptions (definitions and creative interventions into the idea of “home”), with a Chicago focus and an emphasis on grassroots practices. 

Art Patch Project ($2000)
Maria Hadden: Art Patch Project (APP) uses art to promote social justice. Originally started by Chris Drew, a champion for First Amendment rights, APP is a unique project combining art, grassroots organizing, participatory learning, community building, and entrepreneurship to raise awareness about freedom of speech and other social justice issues. 

CAKE ($6000)
Neil Brideau, Edie Fake, Max Morris, Grace Tran, and Jeff Zwirek: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) is a two-day celebration of independent comics inspired by Chicago’s abundance of talented cartoonists. Featuring comics for sale, exhibitions, and discussions, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community among independent artists, small presses, and readers. 

The Chicago Television Project ($2000)
Justin Amolsch, Martin Billheimer, Sarah Crawford, Paul Durica, Nick Fraccaro, Meredith Milliron, Kenneth Morrison, and Tim Tuten: The Chicago Television Project restages episodes of Studs’ Place and Bozo’s Circus before a live audience and as a webcast to recapture the spontaneity and intimacy of the original shows. The new episodes highlight similar work by contemporary Chicago artists and cultural figures. 

Comfort Station ($2000)
Jessie Devereaux, Michael Green, David Keel, Jordan Martins, Daniel Majid, Dan Mohr, and Dan Sullivan: Comfort Station is a multidisciplinary arts space in the heart of Logan Square. Originally a resting place for tired travelers, Comfort Station represents the preservation of a neighborhood rich in history, while offering programming that promotes contemporary culture. 

A Day Without Public Art in Pilsen ($2000)
Paulina Camacho, Amanda Cortes, Brenda Hernandez, Nicole Marroquin, Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa, and Vanessa Sanchez: A Day Without Public Art in Pilsen is designed to move conversations about cultural production, gentrification, and power off of facebook, out of classrooms, and away from theory into the everyday experience of the Pilsen neighborhood. The project builds connections between individuals, exposing their relationships to visual culture and to those who participate in the production of culture in this particular community.

Extinct Entities ($2000)
Erin Nixon, Anthony Romero, and Anthony D. Stepter: Extinct Entities will culminate in an event featuring newly commissioned, artist-centered, performance-based works that enact, re-enact, translate, and interpret the excavated histories of Chicago-based exhibition spaces and collectives that no longer exist. Two publications—one produced while developing the event and one made following it—will exhibit the project’s inquiries, act as co-generated forms of documentation, and serve as a reflection on the process.

The Franklin ($2000)
Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan: The Franklin is a uniquely designed space that will allow artists, curators, and designers to engage with the East Garfield Park community through cultural events.

GLI.TC/H ($6000)
Nick Briz, Rosa Menkman, and Jon Satrom: GLI.TC/H is a project fueled by an online community of glitch artists, with the intent of feeding back into and amplifying it. For two years, the GLI.TC/H festival/conference/gathering has facilitated IRL (in-real-life) exhibitions of glitchy art, hacking/coding workshops, theoretical discussions, screenings, lectures, and real-time audio/video performances. This year’s program, GLI.TC/H (2112), will take place December 6–9, with free events happening in Chicago. 

Microbroadcasting Chicago’s Art History ($2000)
Bad at Sports (producers Duncan MacKenzie, Richard Holland, Paul Anderson, and Kyle Cronan): Bad at Sports will produce a mobile “on the street” microbroadcast/webcasting booth through which they will share interviews about local art history on the very blocks that history was made. 

Prison-Neighborhood Arts Project ($6000)
Sarah Ross: Prison-Neighborhood Arts Project is a visual and literary arts project that connects teaching artists and men at Stateville Correctional Center. The project will develop a website, organize a guest lecture series, and offer workshops/classes to men in prison with the goal of creating artworks that are exhibited and read in the neighborhoods identified by participating prisoner-artists. 

Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns ($2000)
Deborah Boardman, Roger Cooley, Kevin Kaempf, and Eric May: Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns will be a symposium and web publication connecting networks of artists, cultural workers, radical chefs, and urban farmers who are creatively responding to the extreme environmental, social, and economic changes facing local and global communities.

Splitbeam ($6000)
Nick Briz, Michael Castelle, and Christy LeMaster: Splitbeam is a web-based directory of underground, artist-run, noncommercial cinemas. The site also houses a distribution module designed to help noninstitutional programmers and emerging makers collaborate to expand experimental cinema distribution across North America. 

Toward a Union of Public Artists: SHoP Fellowship ($2000)
Laura Shaeffer, John Preus, and Jim Duignan: Until our long-term fate is determined, Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) fellows will explore community life through a wide range of public programming, fostering SHoP as a hub of collaborative research, development, and exploration of the public artist.