Big Soldier family (Iowa Tribe) reunited with their grandfather’s breechcloth at First Americans Museum, 2023 [NMAI 027462.000]. Photo by James Pepper Henry.

Art Design Chicago, Engagement R&D Learning Exchange, graphic notes by Hunter Shackelford, June 29, 2023

Musées partagés octobre 2022. Photo Anne Volery © Palais de la Porte Dorée

The Terra Foundation fosters intercultural dialogues and encourages transformative practices to expand narratives of American art.

Our grant program, art collection, and initiatives support visual art projects engaged in reshaping how the story of American art is told.

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    Read a Letter From our President & CEO

    As we have embraced the foundation’s new mission over the past year, we are proud to have supported 139 organizations with over $14 million devoted to projects that expand narratives of American art.
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    Art Design Chicago Grants Awarded Fall 2023

    The Terra Foundation for American Art awarded 32 grants in October 2023 through its Art Design Chicago initiative. Supported projects highlight Chicago’s unique artistic heritage and creative communities.
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Terra Foundation Collection

The Terra Foundation collection of American art includes over 750 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by 242 artists.


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From left to right: Stephanie Harris; Amina Dickerson; Ric Estrada.
Terra Foundation Adds Ricardo Estrada to Board of Directors, Stephanie Harris Elected Chair, Amina Dickerson Elected Vice Chair
December 4, 2023
A group of people looking at a painting on a wall as they walk by at an exhibition.
Terra Foundation Launches Art Design Chicago: A Citywide Event And Exhibition Series
November 3, 2023
Headshots, clockwise from top left, of Kaywin Feldman, Henry P. Johnson, Catherine Sarr, Victoria Rogers
Terra Foundation adds Kaywin Feldman, Henry P. Johnson, Victoria Rogers, and Catherine Sarr to Board of Directors
May 3, 2023