We support museums and cultural institutions that bring thought-provoking exhibitions and performances to the City of Chicago. We work with the Art Institute of Chicago’s Photography Department on acquisitions and exhibition development. Recent acquisitions include major bodies of work by Ed Ruscha, James Welling, Shomei Tomatsu and Zoe Leonard, among others. The Foundation endows the Gary C. & Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at the Art Institute Chicago.
We recognize organizations using art to explore environmental, cultural and human rights issues. The foundation supports the Natural Resources Defense Council’s artist-in-residence program in its efforts to spark dialogue and encourage activism through public art. We also support GLAAD, an organization that uses entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.