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 third 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 jurors 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. 

The recipients of 2023 3Arts Next Level Visual Arts Awards will be announced this fall. We express our gratitude to this year's distinguished jury panelists



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    A.J. McClenon

    Interdisciplinary Artist Gary & Denise Gardner Fund Awardee

    Originally, I was born and raised in “DC proper,” and I now call Chicago my second home. In 2014 I received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Beforehand I received a Bachelor …

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    Pooja Pittie

    Pooja Pittie is a visual artist based in Chicago. Born and raised in India, Pooja trained as an accountant and moved to the U.S. in 1999. She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which …

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    Reveca Torres

    Visual Artist Chandler Family Awardee

    Reveca Torres was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. After completing degrees in Fashion Design and Theatre Arts, Reveca worked as a costume designer and simultaneously with organizations doing disability work in health, advocacy, recreation, and peer support. …

2022 Judges

Visual Arts
Linda Earle
Allyson Esposito
Sacha Yanow

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