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Terra Foundation Announces Recipients of 2019 International Academic Awards & Fellowships

July 10, 2019

Chicago, IL—The Terra Foundation for American Art announced the 65 recipients of its 2019 international academic awards and fellowships, including the inaugural year of its visiting professorship in Japan.

The visiting professorship in Japan, shared by Doshisha University and Kobe University, includes three American art historians who each reside in Kyoto for one year and offer four courses annually in American art history before 1980. Dr. Caroline Blinder, a reader in English and American Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, is the first recipient of this visiting professorship.

“The advanced study of American art at such important institutions as Doshisha and Kobe Universities in Japan provides a platform for ongoing exploration at the highest level,” said Amy Zinck, Terra Foundation’s executive vice president. “These fellowships extend the networks for scholarship and education around American art in countries from the UK to Argentina and provide new and exciting avenues for engagement.”

Academic awards and fellowships offered by the foundation include research travel grants for US-based and international scholars, visiting professorships and postdoctoral teaching and research programs, immersion semesters, and publication grants. Additional programs offered include: the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France; fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Terra Foundation-Paul Mellon Centre fellowship; the Terra Foundation affiliated fellowship in Rome; and the Terra Foundation postdoctoral research fellowship in Paris.

Among the 65 award recipients is Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México art history PhD candidate Valeria Espitia. Espitia received a fellowship to conduct research at Yale University on American writer and art critic Selden Rodman and his role in the 1940s Haitian Renaissance. Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library houses Rodman’s archive, and Yale University Art Gallery includes several Haitian art objects, contributions from Rodman’s own collection.

Award recipient Dr. Amy Tobin, University of Cambridge and Kettle’s Yard Art Gallery, was awarded a research travel grant to the US to study kinship and rivalry in the art-making of the women’s liberation movement. Her current project extends the research of her PhD thesis, “Working Together, Working Apart: Feminism, Art, and Collaboration,” for which she received a 2015 Terra Foundation research travel grant to the US to develop. Tobin is also a Terra Foundation for American Art-Paul Mellon Centre Fellow.

A complete list of 2019 Terra Foundation fellows is also included in a searchable database of all current and former fellows at

About the Terra Foundation for American Art

Since it was established in 1978, the Terra Foundation for American Art has been one of the leading foundations focused on the historical art of the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, it is committed to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of American art among national and international audiences. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, publications, and educational programs. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the foundation also provides opportunities for interaction and study through the presentation and ongoing development of its own art collection in Chicago. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.

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