The Gray Center’s signature initiative is the Andrew Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship program, designed to foster intensive and experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Click here to read more about the nature of our fellowships. To learn more about the application process click here.
Listings of current and recent fellowships below offer access to more information about each fellowship and its related projects. An archive of all fellowships can be found by clicking here. As part of the Fellowship Program, the Gray Center offers a unique array of co-taught courses throughout the year. Current and upcoming courses are listed here.
Beginning in Spring 2021, Amber Ginsburg (Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago), Sara Black (Department of Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Samantha Frost (Department of Political Science and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) engage in a two-year collaborative art project called Untidy Objects. At the center of this project is a multi-sensory living sculpture, through which the collaborators aim to capture the relationship between a living subject and its world. From its initial installation through the course of its growth and self-transformation, the living sculpture will be a site in which multiple species co-mingle and visitors come to appreciate the extensive forms of co-mingling that make their own lives possible.
Illustrator Julia Kuo joins two University of Chicago physicians and researchers, Monica E. Peek and Elizabeth L. Tung of the Department of Medicine, for Common Place, a Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellowship that considers how illustration might play a role in examining the barriers that difference and distrust can form between patients and their doctors.
Black Image Corporation
Artist and UChicago faculty member Theaster Gates and art historian Romi Crawford are brought together through a shared engagement with archival photographs made of and by black people, the deployment of which has rarely been controlled by black people. This Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellowship aims to redeploy the black image aesthetically, historically, economically, and for the public.
This Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellowship brings together artist Antonio Miralda and University of Chicago Anthropologist Stephan Palmié as they explore the intersection between food, art, and other forms of cultural exchange. This project also includes “Foodcultura: The Art and Anthropology of Cuisine,” a team-taught course with a particular focus on "Chicago's diverse and complex alimentary and gustatory worlds" being offered in Fall 2019.
Thinking Through Sound
Artist and audio investigator Lawrence Abu Hamdan, writer and art historian Hannah B. Higgins, and UChicago professor and theorist W.J.T. Mitchell (Departments of English and Art History) come together to explore the ways in which what we hear and how we hear it impacts our ability to perceive and understand things visually.
Give It or Leave It
Artist Cauleen Smith and film scholar Robert Bird (University of Chicago, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Cinema Media Studies) endeavor to unpack the revolutionary potential of filmic images. This project began with their work together on the Smart Museum's exhibition Revolution Every Day (September 17, 2017 - January 28, 2018), and will continue to develop through various forms, including their co-taught spring 2019 course.