The Grilled
Cheese Grant

An annual community-funded emerging artist grant based in Milwaukee, WI

By artists, for artists


Vanguard Sculpture Services
April 1, 2023

Eighth Annual Grilled Cheese Grant

Thank you to all that donated and voted during the Eighth Annual Grilled Cheese Grant. With your support, we raised a cumulative total of $6,626 for 2023 finalists Andrea Cabrera Manuel, Jovanny Hernandez Caballero, Xarion Latimore, Brandom Terres-Sanchez, and Jo Willis.

We raised enough money to fully fund all senior exhibition projects for the first time in GCG history!


With a portion of the 2023 proceeds, Grilled Cheese Grant made a donation of $662 to Diverse & Resilient, a local sexual advocacy organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community.

FINALISTS
(listed first thru fifth)
Andrea Cabrera Manuel
Jovanny Hernandez Caballero
Jo Willis
Xarion Latimore
Brandom Terres-Sanchez

JURORS
Anika Kowalik
Ck Ledesma
Beth Sahagian Allsopp

TOP COMMUNITY SPONSOR

Milwaukee Artist Resource Network 

SPONSORS
Portrait Society Contemporary Art Gallery 
Var Gallery 
McCaw/Budsberg Collaborations & Current Projects
Heinn Chapman
facilitating situations
Julia Taylor Watercolor
gener8tor Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Artdose Magazine
Reason at Work, LLC
aryn kresol
docmyart
Task Creative

Cheese and bread supplied by Clock Shadow Creamery and Troubadour Bakery. Grilled Cheese Grant signage produced in collaboration with Jonco Industries. Drinks provided by Cactus Club. Funding is provided in part by a grant from the Open Fund
YEAR seven

MARN
March 26 - April 4, 2022

Seventh Annual Grilled Cheese Grant


With the support of our community, we raised a cumulative total of $2,291 for our 2022 finalists Ava Hager, Olivia Lorber, Lilly Luft, Sha’Tuon Simpson, and Eduardo Zavala.

We raised enough money to fully fund two senior exhibition projects and partially fund the remaining three at around 60% of their total proposed budgets.


With a portion of the 2022 proceeds, Grilled Cheese Grant made a donation of $305 to Diverse & Resilient, a local sexual advocacy organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community.

FINALISTS (listed first thru fifth)
Ava Hager
Eduardo Zavala
Olivia Lorber
Lilly Luft
Sha’Tuon Simpson


JURORS
Alondra Garza
Zach Hill
Catie Anderson

TOP COMMUNITY SPONSOR

The Marcus Corporation Foundation

SPONSORS
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
Nat Pyper

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.
YEAR six

Yours Truly + Gluon Gallery
March 26 - April 9, 2021

Sixth Annual Grilled Cheese Grant


Thanks to the support of our community, we raised a total of $2,320 for 2021 finalists, Helena Baka, Emma Bittner, Rylee Krumrei, Anna Siemsen, August-Lain Weickert.

We raised enough money to fully fund four senior exhibition projects and partially fund the remaining one.


With a portion of the 2021 proceeds, Grilled Cheese Grant made a donation of $309 to Diverse & Resilient, a local sexual advocacy organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community.

FINALISTS  
(listed first thru fifth)
Anna Siemsen
Helena Baka
August-Lain Weickert
Rylee Krumrei
Emma Bittner

JURORS
Noah Lawrence-Holder
Christina Warzecha
Jessica Bingham

TOP COMMUNITY SPONSOR

Milwaukee Artist Resource Network
The Marcus Corporation Foundation

SPONSORS
Portrait Society Contemporary Art Gallery
facilitating situations
McCaw/Budsberg Collaborations & Current Projects Heinn Chapman
aryn kresol
gener8tor Art
Jonny Nasi Media
Wonderstate Coffee
docmyart
Ayuda Mutua MKE

Due to the circumstances surrounding the global pandemic, this years GCG was held virtually and each selected finalist exhibit work at a storefront space in Riverwest. Grilled Cheese Grant patrons were able to view the selected finalists’ work safely through gallery space windows at either Yours Truly or Gluon Gallery. The exhibition was also virtually accessible through the GCG website. All votes and donations were submitted electronically through a form on the GCG website.
YEAR FIVE


Walkers Point Center for the Arts
March 21 - April 9, 2020

Fifth Annual Grilled Cheese Grant

Thanks to the support of our community, we raised a total of $2,135 for 2020 finalists, Maria Alfaro, Nick Drain, Jayce Kolinksi, Yhazmin Sanders-Sanchez, and Meg Selkey.

We raised enough money to fully fund two senior exhibition projects and partially fund the remaining three.


With a portion of the 2020 proceeds, Grilled Cheese Grant made a donation of $300 to Diverse & Resilient, a local sexual advocacy organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community.

FINALISTS
(listed first thru fifth)
Meg Selkey
Yhazmin Sanders-Sanchez
Jayce Kolinksi
Maria Alfaro
Nick Drain




JURORS
Katie Avila Loughmiller
Kim Khaira
Michelle Grabner

TOP COMMUNITY SPONSOR

Saint Kate the Arts Hotel

SPONSORS
Cafe Corazon
Current Projects
Real Tinsel
YoungSpace
Charles Allis / Villa Terrace
Heinn Chapman
Wonderstate Coffee
gener8tor Art

Due to the circumstances surrounding the global pandemic, this years GCG was held virtually and each selected finalist exhibit work at Walkers Point Center for the Arts. The exhibition was virtually accessible through the GCG website. All votes and donations were submitted electronically through a form on the GCG website.
YEAR Four

Walkers Point Center for the Arts
March 30, 2019

Fourth Annual Grilled Cheese Grant


Thanks to the support of our community, we raised a total of $1,767 for 2019 finalists Bekah Farnum, Britany Gunderson, Alyssa Kaboskey, Vaughan Larsen, and Hannah Jo Malaczynski.

We raised enough money to fully fund one senior exhibition project.


With a portion of the 2019 proceeds, Grilled Cheese Grant made a donation of $250 to Diverse & Resilient, a local sexual advocacy organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community.

FINALISTS
(listed first thru fifth)
Vaughan Larsen
Alyssa Kaboskey
Bekah Farnum
Britany Gunderson
Hannah Jo Malaczynski
JURORS
Rose Curley
CK Ledesma
Julie Niemi

TOP COMMUNITY SPONSOR

Saint Kate the Arts Hotel

SPONSORS
Cafe Corazon
Charles Allis & Villa Terrace Art Museums
Heinn Chapman
Wonderstate coffee
YoungSpace
Gener8tor/Fellowship.art

Cheese and bread supplied by Clock Shadow Creamery and Troubadour Bakery, ice cream supplied by Purple Door, beer provided by Company Brewing, and coffee provided by Wonderstate Coffee. Signage printed by Jonco Industries. Grilled Cheese Grant merchandise produced in collaboration with Split Fountain Press.
YEAR three

After School Special
March 30, 2018

Third Annual Grilled Cheese Grant

Thanks to the support of our community, we raised a total of $1,281 for 2018 finalists Nicholas Perry, Jess Rocha, Emma Smith, Lilly Supanich, and Vinny Tunzi.

We raised enough money to partially fund one senior exhibition project.


FINALISTS
(listed first thru fifth)
Emma Smith
Nicholas Perry
Lilly Supanich
Jess Rocha
Vinny Tunzi

JURORS
Faythe Levine
Carl Bogner
Monica Miller

TOP COMMUNITY SPONSOR

Cafe Corazon

SPONSORS
Heinn Chapman
Generous Magazine
Moxy Studio


Cheese and bread supplied by Clock Shadow Creamery and Troubadour Bakery, ice cream supplied by Purple Door, beer provided by Company Brewing. Signage printed by Jonco Industries. 
YEAR two

After School Special
March 25, 2017

Second Annual Grilled Cheese Grant

Thanks to the support of our community, we raised a total of $892 for 2017 finalists Kelly Cassel, Logan Chitwood, Solah Do, LaNia Sproles, and Ariana Vaeth.

We raised enough money to partially fund one senior exhibition project.


FINALISTS
(listed first thru fifth)
Solah Do
LaNia Sproles
Kelly Cassel
Logan Chitwood
Ariana Vaeth
JURORS
aryn kresol
Shana McCaw
Graeme Reid


Cheese and bread supplied by Clock Shadow Creamery and City Market Cafe, beer provided by Company Brewing
YEAR one

After School Special
March 30, 2016

First Annual Grilled Cheese Grant

Thanks to the support of our community, we raised a total of $789 for our 2016 finalists, Joe Clark, Audrey Jerabek, Kirsten Schmid, Sarah Sickles, and Kevin Wrencher.

We raised enough money to partially fund one senior exhibition project.


FINALISTS
(listed first thru fifth)
Audrey Jerabek
Joe Clark
Sarah Sickles
Kirsten Schmid
Kevin Wrencher
Cheese and bread supplied by Clock Shadow Creamery and Breadsmith, beer provided by Company Brewing.  
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