Founded in 1997, Lampo promotes and supports artists working in experimental sound and intermedia, by commissioning, producing and presenting special projects and performances. Lampo brings artists from across the U.S. and around the world to Chicago, and offers the public rare opportunities to experience their pioneering work in person. The organization is equally committed to helping Chicago artists undertake projects with potential impact on their careers.

Lampo also organizes educational programs, publishes written and recorded documents related to its series, and collaborates with the local arts community and national partners.

Our core activity has been and remains the Lampo performance series. Rather than making programming decisions around tour schedules, we invite selected artists to create and perform new work for Lampo, and then we help them realize their vision. By design, Lampo produces few projects annually, focusing attention on each one, and making each a distinct experience for the artists and their audience.

Nearly all Lampo events feature premiere works by a range of legendary figures and emerging young talents, from the U.S. and more than 20 countries. Since 2010 Lampo programs have been offered free and open to the public. Institutional and member support ensures that our series is accessible to a broad audience.

The Lampo collection, comprised of audio and video recordings, photographs, and artists’ papers, is open to the public by appointment, Monday through Friday, January to June and September to December.

Lampo was incorporated on December 17, 1998. Tax-exempt status was granted in January 2000.

Presenting Partners

Lampo thanks its 2018-19 presenting partners—the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the Renaissance Society, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts.

Education Partners

Current and past education partners include Columbia College Chicago, Department of Audio Arts and Acoustics, and Department of Interactive Arts and Media; Northwestern University, School of Music; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Art and Technology Studies, Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Department of Performance, Department of Sound, and Department of Visual and Critical Studies; and the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Art History.

Public and Private Support

The Lampo series of performances is a project of Lampo, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Current programs are supported in part by the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, mediaThe foundation inc., the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, the John W. and Clara C. Higgins Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. Essential contributions also come from individuals, members and volunteers. Lampo gratefully acknowledges past support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation; the Austrian Cultural Forum; the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; CEC ArtsLink; the Consulate General of Canada; the Consulate General of the Netherlands; the Consulate General of Sweden; the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; the Goethe-Institut Chicago; the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago; the Irving Harris Foundation; the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago; the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation; New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections program; the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington DC; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; a CityArts Program 1 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; and the National Endowment for the Humanities.