The Seventh Annual Grilled Cheese Grant Financially Supports Emerging Artists in Milwaukee with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches



Rachel Hausmann Schall


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March 26th-April 3rd, 2022
Opening Reception Saturday, March 26, 4-7pm
MARN ART + CULTURE HUB, 191 N Broadway, Suite 102, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Image courtesy of Grilled Cheese Grant

The Grilled Cheese Grant (GCG) is an annual community fundraising event and emerging artist grant that provides financial support for undergraduate seniors at The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) who are working towards completing their senior exhibition projects in the areas of Fine Arts and/or Design. The Grilled Cheese Grant was created in 2016 as a secondary platform for graduating seniors to receive financial support for their projects outside of their institution.

At the Grilled Cheese Grant, attendees donate $5 or more to receive a grilled cheese sandwich made with cheese and bread provided by local community organizations. In addition to grilled cheese, all attendees also receive a ballot to cast their vote for one of five selected finalists, chosen through an application process by a jury of creative professionals. Each selected finalist exhibits work at MARN ART + CULTURE HUB for the duration of the Grilled Cheese Grant, March 26-April 3, 2022. Voting and donations for the Seventh Annual Grilled Cheese Grant will be open online March 26-April 3, 2022.

The funds raised during the Grilled Cheese Grant are totaled and awarded to the selected finalists in the form of an artist/project grant to support their senior exhibitions. The grant amounts are determined by the money raised during the event. Selected finalists receive the largest portion of funds and a percentage is retained by GCG organizers, collaborators and partners for future programming support. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds are donated to Diverse & Resilient, a local organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community.

The results of the The Grilled Cheese Grant will be announced on the GCG website & social media the week of April 4, after all votes are tallied and all funds are totaled The selected finalists are ranked first through fifth based on collected votes. Grant award amounts are based on the total funds raised and each finalist’s proposed budget is considered when funds are awarded. The Grilled Cheese Grant aims to fully fund the first place winner’s senior exhibition project and partially fund all other finalists’ projects. The first place finalist will receive a solo exhibition scheduled in collaboration with a local, Milwaukee gallery space in addition to their financial award. Awardees for second, third, fourth, and fifth place receive financial support for their senior exhibition projects. One additional finalist will receive a professional development opportunity facilitated by members of the GCG team.

Virtual Artist Q&A with Grilled Cheese Grant Finalists Tuesday, March 29th, 6-7:30pm via Zoom

The Seventh Annual Grilled Cheese Grant is generously sponsored by Portrait Society Contemporary Art Gallery, facilitating situations, Var Gallery, McCaw/Budsberg Collaborations & Current Projects, Heinn Chapman, Julia Taylor Watercolor, aryn kresol, gener8tor Art, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Artdose Magazine, anonymous donors, and The Marcus Corporation Foundation (Top Community Sponsor). Cheese and bread supplied by Clock Shadow Creamery and Troubadour Bakery. Grilled Cheese Grant merchandise produced in collaboration with Split Fountain Press, Dusty Petes and Jonco Industries. Thank you to community partners Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Interval, and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

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