Since our origins in 1978, the Terra Foundation has had a special connection with Chicago. Today, we are headquartered in the same historic Michigan Avenue building that once housed the Terra Museum of American Art, and our affinity for the city in reflected in many ways, including:

Terra Foundation for American Art
120 East Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: +1 312 664 3939
Fax: +1 312 664 2052
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Chicago Public Program Grants

The aim of Terra Foundation Chicago Public Program Grants is to increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500–1980) among general audiences. To achieve these goals, the foundation supports a variety of informal learning opportunities designed to make American art accessible and relevant to Chicago residents. The foundation welcomes proposals from a wide range of organizations, including those that may not typically have an American art focus. Learn more

Chicago K–12 Education Grants

The Terra Foundation supports activities that bring American art into Chicago’s classrooms, with the aim of helping teachers enrich curricula and enhance learning. To achieve these goals, the foundation funds projects that strengthen Chicago teachers’ knowledge of historical American art (circa 1500–1980) and the ability to teach with it effectively. Learn more

Exhibition Grants in Chicago

In recognition of the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Terra Foundation for American Art supports exhibitions in Chicago, and around the world, that expand the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980. Chicago institutions organizing or hosting an exhibition on any historical American art topic are eligible to apply for funding, which can potentially support costs for shipping, installation, publications, and related educational programs, among others. Learn more

Academic Program Grants in Chicago

In order to stimulate study and dialogue about historical American art, the Terra Foundation supports academic events organized by Chicago institutions. Support is available for symposia, colloquia, and scholarly convenings. Learn more

Chicago Art & Design Initiative Grants

In response to the growing interest in local and regional art histories within in the American art field, the Terra Foundation for American Art has launched a grant initiative focused on the rich history of art and design in Chicago between the Great Fire (1871) and the close of the twentieth century. Through the initiative, the Terra Foundation will offer grant support for freshly conceived exhibitions, academic programs, publications, and public programs designed to deepen and expand understanding of:

  • The visual art and design that emerged from Chicago (1871–2000);
  • Chicago’s distinctive character as an art and design center, and the diverse factors that have shaped Chicago’s artistic culture; and
  • Ways in which Chicago’s artists and designers have engaged with and contributed to culture nationally and internationally. Learn more

The Terra Foundation Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago

Since April 2005, the Terra Foundation of American Art has loaned works for display to the Department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC). Works from the collection of the Terra Foundation and works from the Art Institute of Chicago are located together in a suite of galleries, together providing one of the nation’s most comprehensive presentations of American art.

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