This regranting initiative is a partnership with local organizations to offer individual artists grants. Established in 2023, the program’s inaugural partners are three Milwaukee-based organizations: the Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design, Lynden Sculpture Garden, and The Open Fund.

Lynden Sculpture Garden

River Hills, WI

Red sculpture in the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Image courtesy of Lynden Sculpture Garden. Photo: Claire Ruzicka

The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.

With support from Ruth Arts, the Lynden Sculpture Garden will expand its Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship Program, one of the longest standing and most prominent grants for individuals in Milwaukee that provides unrestricted funds for established and emerging artists. Through the new support from this regranting program, Lynden Sculpture Garden will increase the fellowship program on an annual cycle by funding three regional artists and one national artist $25,000 grants.

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Group of students standing and seated around a piece of art during a critique session.

Image courtesy of MIAD

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is Wisconsin’s only four-year, private college of visual art and design, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Design, and New Studio Practice: Fine Arts. MIAD is also a recipient of the Foundation’s RDK Legacy Fund—a unique program dedicated to honoring and continuing Ruth DeYoung Kohler’s steadfast support of regional and craft-based organizations and artist-built environments.

Through the support of the new Regranting Program, MIAD has partnered with Ruth Arts to create the Faculty and Staff Fine Arts Grant—a program that will support up to 15 artists with $75,000 in funding. This new program will aim to support MIAD Art faculty and staff for the research and development of new work.

The Open Fund


Photograph of a dimly lit home among trees.

Image Courtesy of The Poor Farm.

The Open Fund supports visual artist initiatives that are public oriented and experimental, with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Re-granting Program. 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. With the help of Ruth Arts, the organization plans to double the amount of funding distributed in their Artist Project Grant, which provided $65,000 in funds to 12 individual artist projects in the last year.