About Us

About Us

About the Program

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: info@propellerfund.org.

About Gallery 400

A not-for-profit arts presenter and exhibition space, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago was founded in 1983 to exhibit and support art, design, and architecture. Over its 30-year history, the Gallery has grown into a nationally recognized institution that presents consistently acclaimed exhibitions, lectures, and artist commissions that prioritize interpretative reflection and critical inquiry and engage multiple communities. Our exhibitions and programs present a broad range of recent developments and aesthetic concerns and have included more than 1,000 artists to date. Creating a place to connect, Gallery 400 actively positions its exhibitions and public programs as transformational experiences, as opportunities with which to build community, and as avenues for learning in informal social settings.


About threewalls

threewalls was founded in 2003 to provide greater support and visibility for the visual arts community in Chicago. The founders wanted to encourage a greater awareness of Chicago’s art scene by inviting emerging professional artists to Chicago to share in the city’s rich histories, resources and creative communities. In an effort to provide meaningful support to emerging artists, curators and writers, threewalls has worked to form a sustainable organization that provides exhibition space, residency opportunities and artist fees to both visiting artists through the residency fellowship and to regional artists through the SOLO program.

Today, threewalls operates a year-round self-directed research residency; commissions a major project by a visiting artist working in, collaborating and otherwise interacting with the region; supports four SOLO exhibitions of work by local and regional artists; programs a SALON series and symposium program to generate open dialogue, presentation of new ideas and the publication of new writing; as well as partnering with other organizations on publication and education, in an effort to broaden and contribute to the contemporary visual arts.