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MAKER Grants reward artists who actively engage with ecological or social issues, with an eye towards beauty and positive change.

IMPORTANT UPDATE AS OF 3/15/23: Currently, the only grants CAC is providing are those tied to our two residency programs, BOLT and HATCH. To learn more about both, click here.

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MAKER Grants are an annual, unrestricted award opportunity for Chicago-based visual artists. The program honors artists who demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable artistic practice and career development. The MAKER Grants are funded by Chicago Artists Coalition and OtherPeoplesPixels.

MAKER Grants recognize that Chicago is home to a unique and thriving ecology of engaged and socially-conscious makers, who often work outside of traditional forms or without commercial support. MAKER Grants, therefore, endeavor to honor these artists whose work actively engages with social issues—with an eye towards using the strategies, beauty, and meaning of art-making for positive change.

MAKER Grant’s unrestricted awards of two at $3,000 are intended to recognize exceptional emerging artists working in Chicago, and support the advancement of their artistic careers. The program, founded in 2013, serves the CAC mission of supporting local artists’ practices and professional development.


  • December 14, 2021 – January 25, 2022: Application cycle open
  • April 25, 2022: Public announcement of MAKER Grant awardees

There is a $10 application fee.

2020 Jury

  • William Fox, Director of the Center for Art and Environment, Nevada Museum of Art
  • Stephanie Smith, Chief Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University

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