The Eighth Annual Grilled Cheese Grant Funds Senior Exhibition Projects at Vanguard Sculpture Services in Milwaukee


Contact: Rachel Hausmann-Schall 


Image courtesy of the Grilled Cheese Grant

The Grilled Cheese Grant was created in 2016 as a secondary platform for graduating seniors to receive financial support and has raised over $9,200 for emerging artists in Milwaukee since then. 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.

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 exhibiting artwork during the one-day event at Vanguard Sculpture Services on April 1, 2023, 3-8pm. Finalists Andrea Cabrera Manuel, Jovanny Hernandez Caballero, Xarion Latimore, Brandom Terres-Sanchez, and Jo Willis explore diverse thematic concepts ranging from the documentation of indigenous communities to the combination of new technologies with ancient artistic processes.

Enjoy the one-day celebration with grilled cheese sandwiches, a gallery exhibition, live DJ, foundry tours, cheese-themed merchandise, and drinks provided by Cactus Club. Voting ends at 6:30pm.

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 winners of The Grilled Cheese Grant are announced at the event and on GCG social media after all votes are counted and all funds are totaled. The selected finalists are ranked first through fifth place based on collected votes and each finalist receives financial support for their senior exhibition project. Grant award amounts are based on the total funds raised and each finalist’s proposed project 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 projects. 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. Grilled Cheese Grant finalists may receive professional development opportunities facilitated by members of the GCG team.

The Eighth Annual Grilled Cheese Grant is generously sponsored by Portrait Society Contemporary Art GalleryVar GalleryMcCaw/Budsberg Collaborations & Current ProjectsHeinn Chapmanfacilitating situationsJulia Taylor Watercolorgener8tor ArtMilwaukee Institute of Art & DesignArtdose Magazine, Reason at Work, LLC, aryn kresol, and Scott Frazier. Milwaukee Artist Resource Network is the Top Community Sponsor for Grilled Cheese Grant 2023. Funding is provided in part by a grant from the Open Fund. Cheese and bread supplied by Clock Shadow Creamery and Troubadour Bakery. Drinks provided by Cactus Club. Thank you to community partner Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and event venue Vanguard Sculpture Services. The Grilled Cheese Grant is voluntarily organized by a small group of MIAD graduates: Rachel Hausmann-Schall, Alyssa Anderson, Joe Acri, and Sal Nicholson.

Published by Artdose Magazine

Founded in 2013, Artdose Magazine LLC is an independent print and digital art magazine committed to connecting and supporting the visual arts in the Midwest. Published by Frank Juárez, the magazine is premised on the belief that we all share common goals of introducing, engaging, and offering diverse art experiences. Artdose Magazine LLC appears in print as a bi-annual art magazine, through a weekly art e-newsletter and on Instagram and Facebook. About Frank Juárez Frank Juárez is an award winning art educator, artist, publisher, art coach, and former gallery director living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate, network and exhibit in Wisconsin.

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