Announcing the 2014 Propeller Fund Awardees

Announcing the 2014 Propeller Fund Awardees

Propeller Fund proudly announces the fifteen grant recipients for 2014. Selected from a pool of over one-hundred candidates, these small, self-organized, and radical projects are vital to Propeller’s mission of promoting diversity and small-scale interventions in Chicago’s visual art world. Propeller Fund offers $50,000 (five grants at $6,000 and ten grants at $2,000) annually to artists producing a wide range of public culture. This year’s recipients will be recognized in an award ceremony on Thursday, October 16.

Propeller Fund 2014 Award Ceremony and Reception
Come celebrate the grant recipients and the community with food, drink, and a reception at Mana Contemporary Chicago. The 2014 Propeller Fund Award Ceremony will be followed by an opening reception for the work of 2013 Propeller Awardee Fultonia.

Thursday, October 16, 6–9pm
Mana Contemporary
2233 South Throop Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Award Ceremony: 6:30pm, UIC space, 5th floor
Fultonia Now Exhibition Reception: 7
–9pm, Propeller Fund, 4th floor
Free and open to the public

Propeller fund would like to thank this year’s distinguished jury: Kemi Ilessanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, New York, NY; Jon Cates, media/glitch artist and Chair of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Christina Vassallo, Executive Director of SPACES, Cleveland, OH; and Eboni Senai Hawkins, Chicago-based writer, curator, and placemaker and member of Fultonia, 2013 Propeller awardees.

2014 Awardees


DINCA Vision Quest: Contemporary Moving Image and Media Arts Festival (Andrew Rosinski, Fern Silva, Robyn Farrell, and Will Thomas)
Based in Chicago and presented by, Vision Quest is a three-day festival celebrating the most innovative contemporary moving image and media art culture from artists worldwide, with salient interest in supporting artworks made using unconventional processes and emerging technologies. Vision Quest is presented in a multimodal and multimedia format, where audiovisual performances are cross-pollinated with time-based media screenings and digitally exhibited commissioned artworks (DECA) to present a showcase of the most essential contemporary media culture.

Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House & Chicago Social Culture (Meida McNeal, Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson, Aisha Jean-Baptiste, Micah Salkind, Marlon Billups, and Lara Stein Pardo (Honey Pot Performance))
Juke Cry Hand Clap combines performance, publication, public programs, an archival exhibition, and an online mapping site. The mapping site activates rich geographic data pertaining to historical sites of musical entrepreneurship and social dance culture across the 20th century, marking the 1970s and 1980s during which disco and house became dominant modes of social culture. The online map will be launched through a series of public dialogues centered on documenting contemporary Americana, with house being a significant local example. Driven by community-derived content, the digital map will continue to grow as a public resource and pedagogical tool.

The Patternbase Gallery (Kristi O’Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer)
The Patternbase proposes to establish a versatile boutique gallery space, in which artists and designers who primarily work with patterns will be invited to exhibit work and offer textile and fiber art related workshops to the community. The goal of the project is to establish a physical presence and a home base for The Patternbase, expanding the reach of this resource and providing a place to build relationships through interacting with local textile designers and fiber artists.

Riding the Zone, Phase Four (Rozalinda Borcila and Brian Holmes)
Riding the Zone is a series of public events exploring Chicago’s trade corridors. The project includes research, mapping, documentation and the development of poetic/conceptual toolkits or curricula. This public research will consist of workshops, events, discussions and experimental field trips or “learning walks”, in which we collectively search for clues to the workings of power and resistance, to hidden pasts and alternate futures.

What Have You Done For Me Lately: A Radical Consideration of Women’s Work (Carrie Ruckel, Jennifer Reeder, Melissa Potter, Lise Haller Baggeson, Jenyu Wang, Soheila Azadi, Rachel Schrock, and Fatima Traore (Tracers Book Club))
WHYDFML is a series of public events over 10 months that radically considers and celebrates the history, present and future of “women’s work” in Chicago. Events include FEMINIST PARKING LOT, which honors the handmade economy, a live performance of the 2014 re-draft of the DECLARATION OF SENTIMENTS, a day of panel discussions around PARENTING, CRAFT TRADITIONS and SEX WORK, a youth poetry SLAM CAMP, four film screenings and a feminist BRAID IN. Tracers is a part of the legacy of feminist action in Chicago, this project contributes to vital and ongoing conversations about the current state of gender equality.


ACRE TV: Seven bi-monthly thematic programs (Kera Mackenzie, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Nick Bacon, and Nicholas Wylie)
ACRE TV is an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network featuring live and canned videos, performances, durational works and experimental broadcasts. ACRE TV has two categories of programming—independent and thematic. Independent programming, such as art-talk shows, shorts programs, and performance events, play throughout the year. Two-month long thematic programs are devised, curated, and programmed by an 8-12 member curatorial board.

Everything On Wheels: Movement, Place, Within, Without (Regin Igloria, Amy Sinclair, and Moki Tantoco)
North Branch Projects, a community bookbinding space in Albany Park, will bring together a group of artists to produce a series of mobile pedestal units that will house handmade books. The series of books will be used to record and document dialogue between people in the neighborhood, utilizing question prompts that allow participants to contribute their responses through writing or drawing. These mobile pedestals will be placed in high-traffic areas where the public may interact with them over the course of the year, resulting in a Neighborhood Archive that reveals the thoughts and concerns of neighbors.

INSIDE\WITHIN (Ashleigh Dye and Kate Sierzputowski)
INSIDE\WITHIN is a constantly updating web archive devoted to physically exploring and digitally exposing the creative spaces and processes of Chicago’s emerging and established artists. By carefully selecting featured artists, founders Kate Sierzputowski and Ashleigh Dye aim to showcase the spaces of local artists on a singular platform, regardless of gallery representation or length of career.

The Ladydrawers Book (Delia Hickey, Anne Elizabeth Moore, and The Ladydrawers Comics Collective)
The Ladydrawers Comics Collective—a group of women, men, trans people, and non-binary gender folk who work together on comics and other cultural products that question the role of gender and race in media and society—will expand and begin production on a print collection of their comics journalism series connecting the international garment trade to the international sex trade.

Made-Up with Danny Volk, Season 3 (Danny Volk and Stephanie Anne Harris Trevor)
Made-Up with Danny Volk is a short TV show where artists are interviewed in their studios. Artists talk about life and art while they do the host’s make-up and at the conclusion their make-up job is revealed to the camera. The show explores the creative process of artists, and is designed to be a promotional platform. Season 3 will focus on practicing artists living and working in Chicago who support the work of other Chicago artists by operating local exhibition spaces, open and inherently collaborative art practices, etc.

Out of Site Chicago (Carron Little)
Out of Site Chicago curates cutting edge unexpected encounters in public space, supporting contemporary performance artists to create new work that engages directly with the public. Artists are invited to select sites that resonate with their practice. Out of Site’s mission is to bring cultural experiences to everyone facilitating unique surprises for people as they come home from work. Performances are curated to bring joy and transport people out of their daily routines to create a moment of reflection and wonder in their lives.

SPARE (Kyle Schlie and Shannon Schlie)
SPARE is an apartment residency for making artist books. Organizers Kyle and Shannon Schile live and work alongside selected artists and print on a Risograph stencil printer and bind by hand to produce an editioned artist book. Food, lodging, and an introduction to Chicago’s art community are provided for artists who would not otherwise be able to visit.

Street Corner Harmony (Marvin Tate)
Street Corner Harmony memorializes community, identity and self-respect built from boys and men in a community singing together. Performer, writer and singer Marvin Tate, who grew up on Chicago’s West side, will lead writing and singing workshops, resulting in a program of songs and public performances about their lives and experiences. The project will culminate in a documentary film, including interviews with participants.

The Transgender Oral History Project (André Pérez) 
The Transgender Oral History Project (TOHP) is a community-driven effort to collect and share a diverse range of stories by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting trans people’s experiences, maintaining a digital archive, and teaching media production skills. TOHP created I Live for Trans Education, a grassroots curriculum and multimedia toolkit. TOHP will help distribute a multimedia toolkit to youth via high school gay-straight alliances and to the general public via live events throughout Chicago and grow their online archive.

Virtual Terrain, 2nd Terrain Biennial (Sabina Ott)
Terrain Exhibitions will produce the 2nd Terrain Biennial and bring artist projects to the front yards of multiple homes in Oak Park, with the reception taking the form of a neighborhood block party. The Biennial will announce the creation of Virtual Terrain, an web project that facilitates public arts in residential neighborhoods internationally.

About Propeller Fund
Launched in May 2010, Propeller Fund is administered jointly by Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and threewalls. Propeller Fund provides grants to artists, curators, and groups living and working in Cook County, Illinois, and seeks to support projects that are independent, informal, and self-organized. Propeller Fund receives support from Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts through the Regional Regranting Program.

Further descriptions of Propeller Fund projects can be found here.
Image: Tracers Book Club, 2014, Photo courtesy of Tracers Book Club and Melissa Vogley Woods