Open Fund Artist Project Grants

The Open Fund Artist Project Grant supports visual artist initiatives that are experimental, collaborative, and public oriented. This includes wide-reaching and innovative projects that are unique to communities and the culture at large. Examples of the 2022 grantees include the presentation of creative and experimental work via film screenings, exhibition series, pop-up presentations, zines and media, educational models, civic sites in addition to other inventive models of artistic engagements.  

The Open Fund is administered by two Wisconsin artist-run spaces, The Poor Farm and The Open. In 2022, the Open Fund distributed $60,000 in Artist Project Grants to artists living in Milwaukee County, providing $5,000 grants to 12 visual artists or artist groups living within the Milwaukee County. 

In 2024 with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Re-granting Program and additional support from Ruth Foundation for the Arts we are pleased to announce that this funding cycle will award Visual Arts Projects at both $5,000 and $10,000 levels, for a total potential of $120,000 in funds distributed.

Online applications will be open for submission February 25 through March 25th at 11:59pm, 2024.

Grantees are selected from a field of eligible applications through a jury system. 

Jury process takes place online or if Jurors are able to convene in person we accommodate that. We encourage applications from underserved communities, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists with disabilities. 

What We Fund 

What We Do Not Fund 

Please read the eligibility and application guidelines closely prior to applying. These guidelines can be made available in alternative formats or languages. To make a request, or if you have questions, please contact us at or (414) 226-1978.

Our 2024 Jurors

Candice Davis is a conceptual artist from San Antonio, Texas currently living and working in Minneapolis. She earned a BFA in Web and Multimedia Environments from MCAD in 2018. Her practice is focused on the use of digital media, installation, and performance as a means of witnessing for the experiences of marginalized people, with specific emphasis on her experience as a Black woman in the United States.

She has exhibited and performed collaboratively at locations including the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Franconia Sculpture Park (Shafer, MN), Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), and Public Functionary (Minneapolis, MN). Davis has additionally presented solo exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Boulder, CO), Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN), and PAPA Projects (St. Paul, MN). Davis is a recipient of a WorkArt Kunstverein Fellowship, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant, Northern Lights Artist on the Verge 11 Fellowship, Target Studio for Creative Collaboration Residency, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Davis is currently part of a traveling exhibition between Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA) and Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI).

Tatsuhiko Togashi is a Tokyo based artist from Yamagata prefecture. He studied at Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and Tokyo University of the Arts before starting the Lavender Opener Chair in 2020 with fellow artists Yoko Daihara and Yohei Watanabe. The artist-run space in Nishiogu, Arakawa Ward functions as a contemporary art gallery supporting emerging artists from Japan and abroad, and also hosts food service by Togashi's at a kitchen-facing counter in the back of the gallery. LOC serves as a social respite for the Tokyo arts community. Smells from Togashi's kitchen welcome gallery visitors and seven modest stools host diners with traditional Yamagata meals. Togashi's cooking and hosting are the manifestation of his thoughtful attention to many sensory and social details presented temporally, and at the service of accessing a deeper appreciation of the visual arts.

Haynes Riley (b.1984 North Little Rock, Arkansas) is an artist, curator, designer, and the founder of Good Weather. His work is rooted in relationship building, research, and intellectual generosity; fostered by the generative dynamics of collaboration—through exhibition-making, publishing, and advocacy of artists. He is also founder of South Center Institute, a not-for-profit organization invested in experimentation and commissioning new work within an integrated supportive infrastructure in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas. South Center Institute works closely with artists during the ideation, research, production and realization of ambitious new projects. 

Selected solo exhibitions include An attitude that cares at David Salkin Creative (Chicago), Grand Opening at Brittany (Vallejo, California), An attitude you can wear at TOPS (Memphis), and Always at The Hills Esthetic Center (Chicago). He has participated in exhibitions at Arturo Bandini (Los Angeles), Baader-Meinhof (Omaha), Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills), Coco Hunday (Tampa), The Green Gallery (Milwaukee), The Luminary (St. Louis), Sediment (Richmond), Threewalls (Chicago), and Western Pole (Chicago), among others. His writing has been published in Portable Gray (Volume 6, Number 1 Spring 2023), OEI (#82–83: Art in the Age of Kleptomania), Temporary Art Review (To Make A Public: Temporary Art Review 2011–2016), and online with Burnaway and Humor and the Abject. Riley has organized exhibitions through various platforms, including, The Bedfellow’s Club, Girl/Boy Gallery (which he founded while participating in the Ox-Bow School of Art Fall Artist Residency), and independently. He received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011 and studied at The Mountain School of Arts (MSA^) in 2019. Riley lives and works between Chicago, Illinois and North Little Rock, Arkansas.