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Mar 06, 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.


Current Exhibition

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present "Treatise: Why Write Alone?", an exhibition and book project organized by Jimenez Lai.


As part of a Chicago-wide festival celebrating German composer Mathias Spahlinger’s 70th year, the Graham Foundation will host a performance of three of the composer’s works.


The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces the launch of the Lakefront Kiosk Competition: an international, open submission competition that calls for a designer to realize an innovative architectural work on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, will launch its inaugural edition in October 2015, entitled "The State of the Art of Architecture." In addition, the first commissioned project will be a photo essay on Chicago by world-renowned photographer Iwan Baan.

Grantee News

This solo exhibition features two newly commissioned series by Icelandic artist Katrin Sigurdardóttir examining the way physical structures and boundaries affect perception.

The deadline to apply for the Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation research and writing on architecture is March 15, 2015.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM-6PM, the Graham 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.

is-office (Kyle Reynolds and Jeff Mikolajewski), “Javits Javits 1,” 2012. From “New York, New York, New York,” 2012. Image courtesy the artist.; Iwan Baan, Chicago, 2014.; Katrin Sigurdardóttir, Unbuilt 5, Magnús Th. S Blöndal Residence, Sólvellir 18, 1925; Architect: Einar Erlendsson from Unbuilt Series, 2012, Iceland. Courtesy of the artist and Meessen De Clercq, more