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Grantees Announced: Second Round of Re-envisioning Permanent Collections Grants

July 21, 2022

The Terra Foundation for American Art is pleased to announce the 2022 grant recipients of Re-envisioning Permanent Collections: An Initiative for US Museums. Grants totaling nearly $3.1 million were awarded to 45 arts and cultural organizations in the United States to support permanent collection projects that share full and representative histories of American art with the public. This program for grants awarded in 2023 and beyond is now called Collections Grants.

To support visual arts projects that question and broaden understandings of American art and engage in transforming how the story of American art is told, these Collections Grants offer opportunities for reinstallation planning and implementation and for the development of temporary exhibitions drawn from museum collections, as well as accompanying publications and programs. Over the past two years, more than 50 US cities and towns across the country received Re-envisioning grants, including six implemented in Chicago. The full list of recipients for the second round of Re-envisioning Permanent Collections grantees and projects is listed below.

Among the second round of recipients is the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, which is receiving a grant in support of the exhibition East of the Pacific: Making Histories of Asian American Art, part of the Cantor Art Center’s Asian American Art Initiative at Stanford University. The exhibition “is drawn almost entirely from the Cantor’s rapidly growing collection of Asian American art and features the multigenerational presence and contributions of makers of Asian descent in this nation,” said Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center and Co-Director, Asian American Art Initiative. “The show asks viewers to reorient their perception of American art and its significant participants.”

Painting of a dragon against a sunset. There are lanterns on the top of the painting, a building in the lower left corner, and children in the bottom right.

Martin Wong (American, 1946–1999), Chinatown Dragon, 1993. Acrylic on canvas. © The Martin Wong Foundation. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University; Gift of The Martin Wong Foundation, 2019.202.

In Atlanta, Georgia, the High Museum of Art received support planning for Patterns in Abstraction: Aesthetic Innovation in African American Quilts, an exhibition showcasing the High Museum of Art’s holdings of quilts by African American women. Patterns in Abstraction features quilts that are variations on Birds in the Air and Housetop themes, two quilt patterns with origins in the nineteenth century that are geometric distillations of natural phenomenon and human-made environments.

Katherine Jentleson, the High Museum’s Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, said, “Quilts have always occupied tenuous positions in narratives of American art, and this is even more true for quilts made by African American women. This collection-based exhibition and digital publication will deepen knowledge about the High’s recently expanded collection of African American quilts through community-based research and address their contested reception history head on with a convening of established and emerging quilters, curators, and scholars who will respond to the question: ‘How can quilts made by African American women change how we tell the story of abstraction?’”

Figure with eye closed wearing a black dress and a headdress and holding two white lilies, set against a pink background.

Judithe Hernández (b. 1948), Juárez Quinceañera, 2017, pastel mixed media on canvas, 40" x 60", The Cheech Marin Center Collection of the Riverside Art Museum

In California, the Riverside Art Museum is developing an exhibition program for the new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture. The Cheech opened in June 18, 2022, stewarding more than 500 pieces gifted from Cheech Marin’s collection and presenting programs that uplift Chicano artists and their contributions to the American art canon. “The Cheech Marin Collection has brought unprecedented attention to Chicanx Art, which has historically been largely ignored by mainstream art institutions,” said the Cheech’s Artistic Director, María Esther Fernández. “This collection will serve as a foundation to support continued art historical scholarship through research initiatives and exhibition programming that not only center the work in the collection but identify its gaps and areas of growth.”

In New Mexico, Horizons: Weaving Between the Lines with Diné Textiles showcases 40 historic and contemporary textiles from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s and the American Museum of Natural History’s collections and places Indigenous aesthetics at the center of Navajo textile production. “Historic and contemporary weavings will be displayed alongside tools, looms, raw materials, digital prints, and photographs to expand and enrich narratives relating to Native American textile art and issues of cultural preservation and heritage,” said guest co-curators Hadley Jensen and Rapheal Begay (Diné). “Shaped by the voices of contemporary weavers and cultural practitioners, Horizons will provide museum audiences with a deeper understanding of Diné artistry and ways of knowing, past, present, and future.”

A red and black woven blanket.

Diné artist/maker, Women’s Shoulder Blanket, Diné/Navajo, 1860-1890, Textile/Wool, 42 ¾” x 50 ¾,” Gift of Mrs. Philip B. Stewart to Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

In Portland, Maine, a reinstallation of American art galleries at the Portland Museum of Art focuses on such themes as the environmental and social impact of the coastal scenes depicted in nineteenth-century American painting as well as the broader histories and artistic traditions of First Nations artists in Maine. “This reinstallation offers us an extraordinary opportunity to present a more expansive, equitable, and accessible story of American art by bringing Indigenous and US cultures into dynamic dialogue and highlighting complex histories that have yet to be told in our galleries,” said Ramey Mize, Assistant Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art. “With the vital support of the Terra Foundation, we are committed to thinking in collaborative, cross-cultural, and truth-seeking ways to foreground how our collection animates important questions: from the very definition of ‘America’ to ongoing issues and legacies of colonialism, slavery, and climate change.”

Applications are open for Collections Grants, previously called Re-envisioning Permanent Collections, to support planning and/or implementation for permanent collection reinstallations and temporary exhibitions drawn primarily from an institution’s permanent collection. To be considered, visual art projects should focus on arts of the United States, including Native American arts.

For all foundation grants awarded, and more information about the grants, please see the grants database.

Re-envisioning Permanent Collections

Second round of supported projects

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Unsettled Things: Art from an African American South, $75,000

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Marisol: A Retrospective, $75,000

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, Into View: Bernice Bing, $75,000

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, Making Visible, $75,000

Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California, Three Views, $75,000

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, exhibition featuring recent bequest of more than 3,000 quilts, $50,000

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Signs of the Americas, $63,000

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, New York, Design, Texture, Color: Dorothy Liebes and American Modernism (working title), $75,000

David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois, Monochrome Multitudes, $40,000

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, reinstallation of the Native American art galleries, $75,000

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, reinstallation of the Native American art galleries, $75,000

Foundation of the State University of New York at Binghamton, Inc., Binghamton, New York, Ed Wilson: The Sculptor as Afro-humanist, $72,000

Friends of the Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, Texas, reinstallation at Formosa, the historic home and studio of Elisabet Ney, $40,000

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, planning for the Gilcrease Museum’s new core galleries of American art, $75,000

Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Arriving Forever Into the Present World, $75,000

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, Patterns in Abstraction: Aesthetic Innovation in African American Quilts, $75,000

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois, exhibition and catalogue showcasing works by Illinois artists identifying as African American, Asian American, Indigenous, and/or LGBTQ, $50,000

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford, California, East of the Pacific: Making Histories of Asian American Art, $75,000

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Native Voices: Art of the American West Reinterpreted, $50,000

Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California, Textures and Tones—Stitching America, $75,000

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi, New Symphony of Time, $75,000

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, reinstallation of historical and contemporary Native American artworks, $75,000

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Horizons: Weaving Between the Lines with Diné Textiles, $75,000

Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska, In Search of Ourselves, $75,000

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900, $75,000

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, planning for a collection reinstallation that brings together the museum’s collections of American modern and contemporary art and African art, $75,000

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, reinstallation of American art galleries, $75,000

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, reinstallation of American art galleries, $75,000

Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Columbus, Ohio, collection reinstallation, $75,000

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida, Together/Apart: Modern and Contemporary Art of the United States, $75,000

Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, planning for an exhibition at the Phillips Collection of selections from its collection alongside artworks from the Howard University Gallery of Art, $70,000

Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, Continuity of Culture, $70,000

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, reinstallation of American art galleries, $75,000

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, Object Lessons in American Art, $75,000

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island, reinstallation of the museum’s modern and contemporary art and design collections, $75,000

Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California, development of an exhibition program for the new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture, $75,000

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, reinstallation of the Kentucky Gallery, $75,000

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, Purvis Young: Redux, $20,000

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, Tucson, Arizona, More Than: Expanding Artists Identities from the American West, $75,000

University of Nevada, Reno Foundation, Reno, Nevada, Lilley Co-Lab, an interactive planning project to inform the museum’s new permanent collection display, $75,000

University of New Mexico Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, HINDSIGHT/INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection, $75,000

University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming, 50-year anniversary exhibition, which explores the museum’s place in the American West, $43,000

Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, planning for a reinstallation of the American art collection, $75,000

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, planning for the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries, $75,000

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, A Very Long Line: Migration, Displacement, and the Struggle for Land and Refuge (working title), $75,000

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