The 3Arts Awards express our gratitude to Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities for their indisputable contributions to the health and vibrancy of our city. Every year, ten artists who live and work in the six-county metropolitan area receive unrestricted $25,000 awards in dance, music, teaching arts, theater, and visual arts. Artists may use the award in any way that makes a difference to their lives and careers, including paying off debt, purchasing equipment, hiring collaborators, producing new work, and saving for the future.
We invite you to read two reports that compile reflections from artists who have received a 3Arts Award:
3Arts awardees are selected through a nomination and jury process. More than 100 artists are nominated annually by at least 35 anonymous local nominators--artists, curators, presenters, and advocates--who are acutely knowledgeable about the breadth of artists working in neighborhoods across the metropolitan area.
After the nominees have completed our online application process, five national, discipline-based panels of judges convene in Chicago to select ten awardees from the pool. 3Arts requires judges to disclose conflicts of interest as part of the selection process. If a strong personal or professional relationship exists between a judge and a nominated artist that might be an impediment to the integrity of the process, a full recusal from the discussion and vote is implemented.
Meet our 2020 judges.
Alejandro T. AciertoVisual Artist & Musician Denise & Gary Gardner Awardee
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, Museum of …
Tirtza EvenExperimental Video Documentary Maker Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee
A documentary-maker and video artist, Tirtza Even has produced both linear and interactive video work that has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, at the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, as well as in many galleries, museums …
Ayriole FrostMusician & Educator Samuel G. Roberson Jr. Awardee
Ayriole Frost is an active composer, performer, and teacher. She co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra, an El Sistema-inspired youth development program on Chicago’s Southwest Side. She is a sought-after workshop leader for creative music …
Mabel KwanPianist RH, Restoration Hardware Awardee
Pianist Mabel Kwan is a performer of classical, improvised, and experimental music. She is fascinated by sound, contradictions, and our perceptions of what is familiar or strange.
Mabel regularly tours the U.S. with improvised music group Restroy, synthesizer duo Mega …
Ginger LaneDancer & Choreographer Community Awardee
Ginger Lane began her dance training in Chicago with Edna McRae, and continued her training with John Kriza and Ruth Ann Koesun of American Ballet Theatre, Gus Giordano, and dance faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she studied …
Will LivermanOperatic Baritone Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee
Called “one of the most versatile singing artists performing today” (Bachtrack), baritone Will Liverman is a recipient of a 2019 Richard Tucker Career Grant and Sphinx Medal of Excellence.
Recent engagements include his return to the Metropolitan …
Tara MallenActor, Director, Producer William Franklin Grisham Awardee
Tara Mallen is the founder and Artistic Director of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago's only professional theater dedicated to producing work with women at the core. An actor, director, and producer, she was most recently on stage in Rivendell’s world premiere production …
Meida Teresa McNealPerformance Maker
Meida Teresa McNeal is the Director of Honey Pot Performance, an Afro-feminist collective dedicated to critical performance and public humanities. Recent projects include ways of knowing (2019), a performance and media project exploring systems of knowledge production that premiered at …
Marcela MunozActor & Director Southwest Airlines Awardee
Marcela Muñoz is the Co-Artistic Director and Managing Director of Aguijón Theater, Chicago's oldest Spanish-language theater company. Marcela is a director, actress, acting teacher, and translator of dramatic works.
Besides regular gigs at Aguijón, her acting credits include works with …
Juan-Carlos PerezInterdisciplinary Artist & Educator Chandler Family Awardee
Juan-Carlos Perez is a visual artist who was born in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles, California at an early age. He later moved to Chicago to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at the School of the …
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