The 3Arts Awards express our gratitude to Chicago’s artists 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 $30,000 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-specific panels of judges convene 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.
In honor of the time and energy it takes to apply, all artists who submit an application will receive a $100 honorarium.
We express our gratitude to this year's distinguished jury panelists.
Selva AparicioVisual Artist HMS Fund Award
From her earliest days, interdisciplinary artist Selva Aparicio (she/her) has honed a strong and deferential relationship with nature. Growing up in a boat-shaped house in the middle of the Serra de Collserola Natural Park in Catalunya, Spain, she was raised …
Jacinda BullieCreative Instigator Community Award
As a sage burning Muslim mom of three athletes, and partner to Chicago Public School math teacher and Hip-Hop lyricist, I know the importance of having access to healthy expression. These co-conspirator relations challenge toxic norms and encourage me to …
Rashada DawanSinger, Actress, Mother Walder Foundation Award
Rashada Dawan (she/they/them) is a native of the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. When she was 3 years old, her mother was killed in a hit-and-run by a drunk driver. And because she was raised by her amazing father and …
Nancy García LozaPlaywright SIF Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation Award in honor of Samuel G. Roberson Jr.
Nancy García Loza (she/her/ella) is an award-winning, self-taught, and self-proclaimed pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. Her play, Pénjamo: A Pocha Road Trip Story, is a new commission by the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA), with major …
Charlotte "Chuck" GrumanAccessibility Consultant, Designer, Advocate Walder Foundation Award
Charlotte “Chuck” Gruman (she/her) is an accessibility consultant engaged in bridging the gap between performance and cultural spaces and the communities that wish to experience them. She is a graduate of the Theatrical Technical Design & Production program at Interlochen …
Eric HotchkissEducator & Community-Focused Designer Alison Zehr Awardee
Eric Hotchkiss (he/him) is an interdisciplinary designer, engineer, and educator based in Chicago. With a commitment to community design, his practice is a blend of artistry, collaboration, and transformation. Eric believes in the art of 'making' as a conduit for …
Donnetta "LilBit" JacksonDancer, Singer, Actress, Entertainer Walder Foundation Award
Donnetta "LilBit" Jackson (she/her) is a versatile dance performer, instructor, choreographer, and actress. Born and raised on the Southeast Side of Chicago, she began dancing at The Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre at the age of seven. At 11 …
Jenny KendlerArtist & Activist Chandler Family Award
Jenny Kendler (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, naturalist, wild forager, and environmental activist based in Chicago and various forests. Her work aims to reconnect us to the natural world—and asks us to de-center the human, making space for the radical, …
Rika Lin (aka Yoshinojo Fujima)Dancemaker Reva and David Logan Foundation Award
Rika Lin (aka Yoshinojo Fujima) (she/her) is a shin-nisei, a part of postwar Japanese American diaspora, and an interdisciplinary performing artist, dancemaker, and Grandmaster in Fujima style Japanese classical dance. An active member of Asian Improv aRts Midwest, she is …
Avreeayl RaCreative Being Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Award
Avreeayl Ra Amen (he/him), born Arthur L. O’Neil in Chicago on May 21, 1947, has become a local legend in the rich, progressive Chicago avant-garde jazz scene, with a career spanning more than half a century. John Kelman of IndieJazz.com …
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