The 3Arts Awards program supports our city’s most precious assets—artists. Annually, ten Chicago artists producing exceptional, distinctive work receive $25,000 awards to put to use according to their individual needs and priorities. They may wish to complete projects, purchase equipment, pay for child care, rent workspace, make health insurance payments, or take the time to focus on the development of new work—there are no strings attached.

The significant amount of the award reflects our organization’s desire to have a substantial impact. That impact stretches and deepens when others join our efforts. On behalf of the artists we serve, we are grateful for the extraordinary commitment of our Award Partners.

If you are interested in becoming an Award Partner, please contact us at 312-443-9621.


2015 Award Partners:

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3Arts Community Award Donors


The Chandler Family 

Denise and Gary Gardner

Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin 

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Restoration Hardware


Honorary Award Partners:

Irene Siragusa Phelps

David Pinkerton

  • 2016

  • Barak adé Soleil (profile image) Barak adé Soleil Dance Maker & Interpreter Denise & Gary Gardner Awardee
  • Jo Cattell (profile image) Jo Cattell Theater Maker Perkins Coie Awardee
  • Alexandria Eregbu (profile image) Alexandria Eregbu Interdisciplinary Artist Allstate Awardee
  • William Estrada (profile image) William Estrada Multidisciplinary Artist Community Awardee
  • Jess Godwin (profile image) Jess Godwin Singer/Songwriter RH, Restoration Hardware Awardee
  • Candace Hunter (profile image) Candace Hunter Installation Artist Chandler Family Awardee
  • Ayako Kato (profile image) Ayako Kato Dancer & Choreographer Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee
  • Maggie Popadiak (profile image) Maggie Popadiak Theater Artist Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee
  • Tomeka Reid (profile image) Tomeka Reid Composer & Cellist Southwest Airlines Awardee
  • Aram Han Sifuentes (profile image) Aram Han Sifuentes Fiber Artist Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee