The Terra Foundation’s art collection includes more than 750 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by 242 artists working between the 1750s and the 1980s. The collection is available for loans throughout the world, and it continues to evolve to the present day.
We recognize that the collection reflects only part of the artistic and cultural heritage of the United States and reveals current and historical inequities in the ways American art is presented, exhibited, interpreted, bought, and sold. We are committed to working alongside our partners to challenge the biases that shaped the collection and its interpretation and to reimagine ways the collection can help us question and broaden stories of American art.
One way we are beginning this work is through a new program, Terra Collection-in-Residence, in which the foundation loans artworks from its collection for an extended period to invited academic museums in the US and international museums with strong connections to universities. This program helps museums deepen and expand the stories they tell through their permanent collections and provides additional opportunities for research and teaching with American art. The program engenders new interpretive frameworks for the foundation’s artworks reflecting a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, bringing diverse voices into dialogue around these objects and their historical contexts.
With our partners, we begin conversations about their research and curricular goals and think about how the loaned works help tell new stories with the institution’s permanent collection. One to five artworks are loaned for two to four years to each institution. The Terra Foundation also provides a grant of $25,000 per year for interpretation and care of the objects. Currently, the foundation initiates projects through invitation.
Learn more below from our partners about the ways they are using works from the collection.