threewalls is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to increasing Chicago’s cultural capital by cultivating contemporary art practice and discourse. Through a range of exhibition and public programs, including symposiums, lectures, performances and publications, threewalls creates a locus of exchange between local, national and international contemporary art communities.
threewalls was founded in 2003 to provide greater support and visibility for the visual arts community in Chicago. The founders wanted to encourage a greater awareness of Chicago’s art scene by inviting emerging professional artists to Chicago to share in the city’s rich histories, resources and creative communities. In an effort to provide meaningful support to emerging artists, curators and writers, threewalls has worked to form a sustainable organization that provides exhibition space, residency opportunities and artist fees to both visiting artists through the residency fellowship and to regional artists through the SOLO program.
Today, threewalls operates a year-round self-directed research residency; commissions a major project by a visiting artist working in, collaborating and otherwise interacting with the region; supports four SOLO exhibitions of work by local and regional artists; programs a SALON series and symposium program to generate open dialogue, presentation of new ideas and the publication of new writing; as well as partnering with other organizations on publication and education, in an effort to broaden and contribute to the contemporary visual arts.
threewalls is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Chicago Community Trust; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Alphawood Foundation; Art Matters Foundation; The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connection Fund; Susan Goldschmidt Family Foundation; Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation; and major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
If you are interested in hosting a small event in a contemporary art environment, please read the attached pdf on how you can rent the gallery for your get together. We're sorry but we do not rent the space for art exhibitions to other organizations, artists or independant curators. If you are an artist based in quad-state region, you can apply to the SOLO program.