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Aug 29, 2015

Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.


Upcoming Exhibition

The first major survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten, this exhibition spans nearly five decades of the artist’s ongoing engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form and explores her expansive photographic practice as it has developed through the lens of architecture, sculpture, painting, theater, and textile.


Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition, "Barbara Kasten: Stages", with introductory remarks by Barbara Kasten and ICA curator Alex Klein.


As a presenting partner of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, we are pleased to share the list of architects and artists from around the world who will participate in the inaugural edition, which opens this October.

Upcoming Events

In conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, "Barbara Kasten: Stages" Graham grantee Alex Kitnick will explore the critical stakes of Kasten's photographic series from the 1980s that artfully staged important works of American architecture.

Grants News

Graham Foundation awards $496,500 in new grants to support forty-nine groundbreaking projects by organizations around the world that chart new territory in the field of architecture. In addition, twelve of the newly announced grants will support innovative public programs and exhibitions that will coincide with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Announcing November 15 as the new annual application deadline for the Carter Manny Award, our award for doctoral dissertation students working on topics in architecture. Applications for the 2016 Carter Manny Award will be due November 15, 2015 and applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early spring 2016.

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Grants to Individuals. Since 1956, the Graham Foundation has provided direct funding to individuals to produce publications, exhibitions, films, research, and other projects that foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm, the Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications by Graham Foundation grantees and titles that relate to the foundation's public program of exhibitions and talks, as well as new, historically significant, and hard-to-find publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.

Photo-documentation of Barbara Kasten installing the exhibition "Centric 2: Barbara Kasten, Installation/Photographs", University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, 1982. Courtesy of the artist and the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach.; Iwan Baan, Chicago, 2014.; P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S (Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich), digital image, Keelung Crystal, 2013, Taiwan. Courtesy of James Vincent and Karim Moussa. From the 2015 Organizational Grant to SCI-Arc for the exhibition "Close Up."