Application Deadline: February 25, 2016
The Graham Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Grants to Organizations. For sixty years, the Graham Foundation has provided project-based funding to individuals and organizations to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
The application for the organizational grant cycle is available online. Organizations with eligible projects are invited to apply for a Production and Presentation Grant for projects that begin after September 15, 2016.
For more information about our grant programs, to learn if a project is eligible for funding, and to access the application, please see our grant guidelines.
In 2015, the Graham Foundation awarded more than $495,000 to 49 organizations around the world. These grants provided direct support for the development and presentation of publications, exhibitions, films, and other public programs. You can browse these and other recently funded projects here.
Image: Superonda Sofa, Archizoom Associati, 1966 – Archive Centro Studi Poltronova. Courtesy Dario Bartolini (Archizoom Associati). From the 2015 Organizational Grant to the Walker Art Center for Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, on view through February 28, 2016.
The Graham Foundation galleries and bookshop will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2015 through January 2, 2016. Regular gallery and bookshop hours will resume the week of January 4, 2016 (Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm). Make sure to stop by and see our current exhibtion, Barbara Kasten: Stages, before it closes on Saturday, Jan. 9.
The Graham Foundation offices will be closed: December 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1, 2016.
The Graham Foundation galleries and bookshop will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2015, and will re-open on Saturday, November 28 with normal hours (Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm).
Our current exhibition, Barbara Kasten: Stages, is on view through January 9, 2016.
The Graham Foundation Bookshop is pleased to participate in the third annual Medium Cool, a book fair and holiday gift shop taking place on November 21 and 22 at Prairie Production in Chicago. Free and open to the public, Medium Cool will feature a wide array of printed matter and designed objects from local and international publishers, distributors, artists, and designers.
The Graham Foundation will be exhibiting a variety of unique books, periodicals, and ephemera, including our original publication, Treatise, a collection of fourteen manifestos by emerging design offices from around the world, and Barbara Kasten: The Diazotypes, a new, limited-edition signed artist book co-published with D.A.P.
Stop by our table to browse our selection, learn more about the Graham Foundation's programs and upcoming events, or just say hello.
Saturday, November 21, 12-6pm
Sunday, November 22, 11am-5pm
1314 W. Randolph St
The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a variety of titles on architecture, art and related fields, ranging from recent Graham-funded projects to new, historically significant, and hard-to-find books and periodicals. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, the bookshop is located in the Madlener House at 4 W. Burton Place.
The Graham Foundation is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students of architecture, art, art education, history, design, and related programs interested in gaining experience at a non-profit arts organization, foundation, and/or cultural institution. Interns will learn through active participation in tasks related to the foundation’s exhibitions, public programs, and grant programs.
This internship requires a flexible commitment of 2 days per week (Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm) and regular evening events, with an immediate start date.
Please email a resume and cover letter to Meg Onli at monli[at]grahamfoundation.org. No phone calls please.
For more information, click here.
We’ll be open this weekend, October 17-18, 2015, for Open House Chicago (OHC), the city’s annual architecture festival organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Since 1963 the Graham Foundation has been located in the Madlener House, a turn-of-the-century, Prairie-style mansion designed by architect Richard E. Schmidt and designer Hugh M. G. Garden. Restored in 1963 to become the Graham’s headquarters, the Madlener House features three floors of exhibition space, original art glass windows, and a courtyard garden that showcases our significant collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architectural fragments.
This Saturday and Sunday, come tour the Madlener House and visit our current exhibition Barbara Kasten: Stages, which includes a new, site-specific video installation by Barbara Kasten produced specifically in response to the architecture of the Madlener House.
Saturday, October 17, 11am-5pm
Sunday, October 18, 12pm-4pm
Admission to all Open House Chicago sites is free. For more information, visit: http://openhousechicago.org/.
The Graham Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Carter Manny Award. Since the establishment of this award in 1996, the Graham Foundation has awarded over $700,000 to support promising scholars whose doctoral projects shape contemporary discourse about architecture and significantly impact the field. Two Carter Manny Awards are given each year, one for dissertation research and one for dissertation writing.
The winner of the 2015 Carter Manny Award for research and a $15,000 award is Jesse Lockard, a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, for her dissertation A City Is Not A Picture: Yona Friedman, 1945–2015. Lockard’s dissertation examines the French architect’s pioneering theories of participatory design and architectural imagery, analyzing how tensions between Friedman’s theoretical and pictorial practices inspired his invention of pictographic languages and drove his experimentation with postwar technologies and new media in the 1960s and '70s.
The winner of the 2015 Carter Manny Award for writing and a $20,000 award is Vanessa Grossman, a PhD candidate at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. Grossman’s dissertation, A Concrete Alliance: Modernism, Communism, and the Design of Urban France, 1958–1981, unveils the powerful coalition that formed in the postwar era between architects and the French Communist Party, which served as a critical agent in the massive reshaping of French cities.
Additionally, five students have been awarded Citations of Special Recognition for their dissertation projects, which include: an examination of the design pedagogy at VKhUTEMAS (Higher Art and Technical Studios) in Moscow in the 1920s and '30s; an investigation of architects’ use of terra cotta to create fireproof buildings in the late 19th-century U.S.; research on the craftsmen and building culture that produced Richmond, Virginia’s colonial and antebellum urban landscape; a study of mechanical drawing and the relationship between body and machine at the dawn of America's Industrial Revolution; and an interpretation of architectural “miniatures” in medieval China.
The winners and citations were selected after a competitive panel review of 41 applications from doctoral students throughout the U.S. and Canada who were nominated by their departments for the award.
The Graham Foundation offers this annual award in honor of Carter H. Manny and his long and distinguished service to the foundation since its inception in 1956, first as a Trustee, then as the Director from 1971, and since his retirement in 1993, as Director Emeritus.
To read more about the 2015 Carter Manny Award winners, click here.
2015 CARTER MANNY AWARD WINNERS
A City Is Not A Picture: Yona Friedman, 1945–2015
University of Chicago, Department of Art History
A Concrete Alliance: Modernism, Communism, and the Design of Urban France, 1958–1981
Princeton University, School of Architecture
CITATIONS OF SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Teaching Architecture to the Masses: VKhUTEMAS, 1920–1930
Yale University, School of Architecture
"Cities Unburnable!" Terra Cotta and the Architecture of Fire Safety in America, 1871–1916
University of Michigan, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
The City at the Falls: Building Culture in Richmond, Virginia, 1730–1860
College of William and Mary, Department of History
Drawing Machines: The Mechanics of Art in the Early Republic
Harvard University, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
A Grain of Sand: Yingzao Fashi and the Miniaturization of Chinese Architecture
University of Southern California, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Image: Yona Friedman, collage on a postcard visualizing a Spatial City over Paris, 1960, Paris. Collection of Centre Georges Pompidou. Courtesy of Adagp.
Since our founding in 1956, the Graham Foundation has been committed to advancing the most innovative work in the field of architecture. As a Presenting Partner of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, we extend our support of the field with the introduction of this new international platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that explore what the built environment should be in the 21st century.
The inaugural biennial takes its title, The State of the Art of Architecture, from a provocative 1977 conference organized by architect Stanley Tigerman, which invited leading American designers, such as Colin Rowe, Charles Jencks, John Hejduk, and Richard Meier, to the Graham Foundation in Chicago to discuss the current state of the field. The 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial expands the spirit and scope of this event and invites over 100 emerging and established practices from across the world to Chicago to demonstrate how advances in architectural design are tackling the most pressing issues of today.
Below are some of the many Graham-supported participants and public programs appearing in the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial:
Deadline: November 15, 2015
The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and focus and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field. Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields. The award assists students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences working on architecture topics.
The Graham Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Carter Manny Award now through November 15, 2015. Students must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award. The award is open to students officially enrolled in schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship.
For the award guidelines, eligibility information, and application, click here.
The Graham Foundation announces a new application deadline for the Carter Manny Award, the foundation’s annual award for doctoral students working on dissertation topics in architecture. The annual application deadline is now November 15. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early spring of each year.
Applications for the 2016 Carter Manny Award are due November 15, 2015.
Since the Carter Manny Award’s establishment in 1996, over $672,000 has been awarded to support promising scholars whose doctoral projects shape contemporary discourse about architecture and significantly impact the field. Two Carter Manny Awards are given each year, one for dissertation writing and one for dissertation research. The foundation offers this prestigious annual award in honor of Carter H. Manny and his distinguished service to the Graham Foundation since its inception in 1956, first as a Trustee, as Director from 1971, and since his retirement in 1993, as Director Emeritus.
2016 CARTER MANNY AWARD
Application available online: September 15, 2015
Application deadline: November 15, 2015
Grant decision notification: Spring 2016
Students must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award. The award is open to students officially enrolled in schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship. Further information about the application and award eligibility will be available on September 15, 2015.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2015 CARTER MANNY AWARD WINNERS
Watch for our forthcoming announcement of the recipients of the 2015 Carter Manny Award on October 6, 2015.
In its second major grant announcement of 2015, the Graham Foundation will award $496,500 to support forty-nine groundbreaking projects by organizations around the world that chart new territory in the field of architecture. The funded projects—spanning major museum retrospectives, multi-media installations, site-specific commissions, documentary films, placemaking initiatives, e-publications, and academic journals—advance new frameworks for investigating architecture and its role in contemporary society and expand opportunities for public dialogue across geographical and disciplinary boundaries.
The new grantees comprise a diverse group of national and international organizations in cities across North America and the world, from Chicago to Mexico City, London to Buenos Aires, and Oslo to Kiev. They include both established and emerging institutions, including art and architecture museums, non-profit architecture centers and visual arts spaces, universities and alternative schools, and academic and independent publishers.
In addition, twelve of the newly announced grants will support innovative public programs and exhibitions that will coincide with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, which runs from October 3, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
For a complete list of the 2015 Grants to Organizations and the grantee project pages, click here.
Image: Florian Joy, Bawadi, 2006. Courtesy of the MoCP. From the 2015 Graham Foundation Organizational Grant to Columbia College Chicago–Museum of Contemporary Photography for the exhibition Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture, and the Monument.
On August 12, we’ll be announcing our new Grants to Organizations—diverse and innovative projects from organizations around the world that chart new territory in the field of architecture. For the latest news, sign up for our email list, or follow us on twitter (@GrahamFound) and facebook.
To explore the projects supported through the foundation's 2014 Grants to Organizations, click here.
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