Next Level Awards

A unique concept in the grantmaking field in which a second award at a higher level is distributed to a past recipient, the 3Arts Next Level Visual Arts Awards reflect our belief that once is not enough and that artists thrive with continued investment at critical junctures.

With a second year of support from an Anonymous Donor at the Chicago Community Foundation, 3Arts provides unrestricted cash grants of $50,000 to three women visual artists who are past 3Arts awardees practicing in the Chicago metropolitan area. 

Selection Process

3Arts awardees who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to submit an online application. A panel of three distinguished judges convene to review the applications and select the recipients. Recipients are artists who are actively making distinctive and compelling work; have plans to advance their next creative leap and/or project; and are at a critical juncture when an award of this size and nature could have a significant impact.



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    Tirtza Even

    Experimental Video Documentary Maker Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee

    An experimental documentary maker for over twenty years, Tirtza Even has produced work which ranges from feature-length documentaries to multi-channel installation and interactive video work, and which aims to depict the less overt manifestations of complex, and at times extreme, …

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    Candace Hunter

    Installation Artist Chandler Family Awardee

    Candace Hunter (chlee) creates collage, paintings, installations and performance art. She tells stories. Through the use of appropriated materials from magazines, vintage maps, cloth, various re-used materials, she offers the new landscape of materials  back to the viewer with a …

  • Korean American woman with dark curly hair falling over her shoulders and wearing a black top stands looking at the camera in front of a brick wall

    Aram Han Sifuentes

    Fiber Artist Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee

    Aram Han Sifuentes (she/they) is a fiber and social practice artist, writer, and educator who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Her work often revolves around skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing …

2021 Judges

Visual Arts
Michelle T. Boone
Janine Mileaf
Camille Wilson White

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