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4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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Aug 20, 2014

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

In the late 1960s, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin organized a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops designed to facilitate collaboration and group creativity. This exhibition presents archival documentation of the workshops to the public for the first time.

Upcoming Event

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition.


The City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation are partnering with the Chicago Architecture Biennial to present an international forum on architecture and the designed environment in Fall 2015. Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation, and Joseph Grima will be Co-Artistic Directors.

Congratulations to all of our grantees participating in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

grantee news

We are pleased to announce our 2014 Grants to Organizations—42 diverse projects from the U.S. and around the globe that that claim new ground in architectural discourse and create public forums for innovative and challenging ideas.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Grants to Individuals.
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SUMMER HOURS: The Graham Foundation Bookshop will be open Tuesday through Friday, 11AM to 5PM, through September 18, 2014. The Graham Foundation’s bookshop offers a selection of publications by our grantees and titles that relate to our public program of exhibitions and talks, as well as new, historically significant, and hard-to-find publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.

Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.; Logo, Chicago Architecture Biennial.; Carol Bove, Peel's foe, not a set animal, laminates a tone of sleep (detail), 2013, brass and concrete, 84 x 24 x 24 in. Courtesy of Maccarone, New York and David Zwirner, New York/London.