About

Art Design Chicago was a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of art and design, creativity and commerce. Initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this multiyear project was the first large-scale exploration of Chicago’s art and design history. A citywide partnership of museums, universities, galleries, and other cultural organizations, Art Design Chicago resulted in 46 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs and special events throughout 2018, as well as new scholarly publications and digital resources. Together, partners told stories of the artists and designers that defined and continue to propel Chicago’s role as a hub of imagination and impact.

The Terra Foundation, with Presenting Partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and other funding partners, invested $8 million to support the success of Art Design Chicago. Over the course of the initiative, 107 grants were awarded to 72 participating organizations. Grant opportunities for Art Design Chicago are now closed.


The development of Art Design Chicago was guided by active Civic and Advisory Committees made up of cultural and business leaders and influencers in Chicago and beyond.

CIVIC COMMITTEE

  • Richard H. Driehaus (Co-Chair), President, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Amy Rule (Co-Chair), First Lady of Chicago, 2011—2019
  • Nora Daley, Civic Leader and Board Member, Terra Foundation for American Art
  • Thomas Dyja, Author
  • Elizabeth Glassman, President and CEO, Terra Foundation for American Art
  • Leslie Hindman, Founder, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
  • Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman and CEO, Johnson Publishing Company
  • Clare Muñana, President, Ancora Associates

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Greg Cameron, Joffrey Ballet
  • John Corbett, Corbett vs. Dempsey
  • Wanda Corn, Stanford University Emerita
  • Kim Coventry, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Robert Cozzolino, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Alison Cuddy, Chicago Humanities Festival
  • Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Amina Dickerson, Dickerson Global Advisors
  • Wendy Greenhouse, Independent Art Historian
  • Neil Harris, University of Chicago Emeritus
  • Cheryl Hughes, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Judith Russi Kirshner, Art Critic and Educator
  • Marcia Lausen, UIC School of Design
  • Lisa Yun Lee, University of Illinois at Chicago and National Public Housing Museum
  • Jamey Lundblad, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Victor Margolin, University of Illinois at Chicago Emeritus
  • Cesáreo Moreno, National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Hugh Musick, University of Illinois at Chicago, Program for Healthcare Delivery Design
  • Tim Samuelson, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Daniel Schulman, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Tom Shapiro, Cultural Strategy Partners
  • Janet Carl Smith, Arts Consultant
  • Jacqueline Terrassa, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Lynne Warren, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago