Supported Projects

The Terra Foundation awarded 57 grants in November 2022, amounting to a total of over $5.5 million, to support projects that expand narratives of American art to transform how stories of American art are told. Grants awarded in November include support for exhibitionsconvenings, strategic initiatives, and Art Design Chicago.

The supported exhibitions include the Japanese American National Museum exhibition Pictures of Belonging: Miki Hayakawa, Hisako Hibi, and Miné Okubo, featuring three American artists of Japanese descent who remained steadfast in their lifelong commitment to exploring art as a productive means of storytelling.

Three details from portrait paintings, set side by side.

Detail views of paintings by (left to right): Hisako Hibi, Study for a Self-Portrait, Topaz, Utah, ca. 1944. Japanese American National Museum; Miki Hayakawa, Untitled, ca. 1930s. Collection of Richard Sakai; and Miné Okubo, Portrait Study, ca. 1937. Trustees of the Miné Okubo Art Collection at the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties, Riverside Community College District, California.

“This exhibition will shine a spotlight on the overlooked artistic legacies of three trailblazing women whose artwork illuminates the beauty, connections, turmoil, and resilience of their remarkable lives. The exhibition’s five-museum tour will invite a broader public to consider how learning about these American artists of Japanese descent expands and adds nuance to our understanding of twentieth-century American art. The Japanese American National Museum could not be more pleased that the exhibition will feature a substantial selection of artwork from the museum’s rich collections, and that a wider audience will be able to learn more about the diverse Japanese American experience that continues to be deeply relevant today,” said exhibition organizers Ann Burroughs, President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, and Dr. ShiPu Wang, Curator of the exhibition, Professor at UC Merced, and Commissioner of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Photograph of a group of people standing in a row holding purple and white wampum.

Canadaigua Treaty 2022, photo by Alex Hamer, Oneida Nation

A collaboration among Friends of Ganondagan, the Museé du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, and the McCord Stewart Museum represents a new partnership-based model in its co-creation of an exhibition that bridges past and present with wampum at its core. Using ancient wampum objects and contemporary work inspired by wampum, the exhibition shares with its audiences the many areas of Hodinöhsö:ni’ life, informed by wampum.

“The WAMPUM/OTGÖA exhibition is the culmination of three hundred years of relationship building. This unique and unprecedented collaboration will knit a friendship between peoples and time. Perhaps more importantly, it will pave the way for future collaborations between European and North American Indigenous museums that are mutually beneficial as well as have a great impact on the public,” said Michael Galban, Historic Site Manager, Ganondagan State Historic Site, Seneca Art & Culture Center. “Wampum yearns to be understood, and to deliver the messages it was assigned long ago, and here at Ganondagan, it will be given that opportunity once again.”

Among support for strategic initiatives, Contemporary And (C&) pursues a mission to provide a platform for emerging critical voices from Africa and the Global Diaspora to publish and share their stories on a global scale. Foundation support helps to facilitate a mentoring program for emerging art critics based in the U.S., and two writing workshops—in Atlanta and Dallas—for arts writers focusing, respectively, on Black and Latinx perspectives.

“There is an urgency to support young writers of Color in the U.S.-American context to ensure the presence of their perspectives on contemporary art production.”

Dr. Yvette Mutumba, C& Artistic and Managing Director

“There is an urgency to support young writers of Color in the U.S.-American context to ensure the presence of their perspectives on contemporary art production,” said Dr. Yvette Mutumba, C& Artistic and Managing Director. “The program aims to be a space where young writers are active participants, free to achieve their full potential and to find their voice within the exclusive art world where non-white creative perspectives are still underrepresented. With the C& Writing Workshops and Mentoring Program, we hope to give those young art critics the possibility not only to secure immediate visibility but also to develop long-term journalistic skills and routines.”

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

November 2022 Grants Awarded


The Terra Foundation supports temporary exhibitions worldwide that expand histories of American art and encourages exhibitions that build on existing initiatives at organizations engaged in transforming how stories of American art are told.

American Federation of Arts, New York, New York, Whitfield Lovell: Passage, $50,000

American Federation of Arts, New York, New York, Xican–a.o.x. Body, $50,000

American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York, Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in Early American Vernacular Art, $125,000

Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Mina Loy: Strangeness Is Inevitable, $75,000

Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, Tongues of Fire, $21,500

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, The Essential Oneness of the Western Hemisphere: The United States, Mexico, and American Art, $25,000

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, Washington, Woven in Wool: The Rebirth of Traditional Coast Salish Regalia, $74,000

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio, Shahzia Sikander: Collective Behavior, $200,000

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, The Heresies Generation: Feminism, Art, and Politics, 1977–1992, $100,000

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas, Ming Smith: Feeling the Future, $75,000

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, Blind Spot: Stephanie Syjuco, $75,000

Friends of Ganondagan, Victor, New York, WAMPUM/OTGOÄ, $250,000

Independent Curators International, New York, New York, Teddy Sandoval and the Butch Gardens School of Art, $100,000

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Probable Furniture (working title), $125,000

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, Long Island City, New York, Toshiko Takaezu, $250,000

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California, Pictures of Belonging: Miki Hayakawa, Hisako Hibi, and Miné Okubo, $150,000

Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Color of the Wind: Native Painters of the Upper Midwest, $75,000

LAXART, West Hollywood, California, MONUMENTS, $250,000

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Knoxville, Tennessee, A Sense of Indigenous Place: Native American Voices and the Mound (working title), $145,000

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, an exhibition that traces the intersecting histories of photography and diverse Native cultures, $100,000

Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, Southern/Modern, $50,000

Musée Picasso Paris, Paris, France, Faith Ringgold, $80,000

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Gary Simmons: Public Enemy, $75,000

National Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York, Shelley Niro: 500 Year Itch, $250,000

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C, 1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions, $50,000

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John Rhoden: Determined to Be, $150,000

The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts, Lyle Ashton Harris: Shadows (working title), $100,000

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York, Global Connections: Four Artists in New York in the 1920s (working title), $71,000

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., The Shape of Power: Stories of Race and American Sculpture, $200,000

University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, John Yau Collaborations (working title), $75,000

Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Action / Gesture / Paint: A Global Story of the Women of Abstraction 1940–1970, $66,000

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Winterthur, Delaware, Ann Lowe: American Couturier, $200,000

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, Washington, Joe Feddersen: Earth, Water, Sky (working title), $100,000

Palace of the Governors, The New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka, $148,000

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, Pulse: A Solo Exhibition of Weavings and Paintings, $40,000

Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Big River Continuum, $100,000

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map (working title), $250,000


The foundation supports convenings worldwide that foster exchange and collaboration, such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia.

American Folk Art Museum, Long Island City, New York, to support the virtual symposium “Unexpected Partners: Self-Taught Art and Modernism in Interwar America,” $20,000

Artspace, Inc., New Haven, Connecticut, to support a convening and publication “Magical Thinking,” $25,000

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California, to support the symposium “The Materiality of Resistance,” $25,000

Chinatown Media and Arts Collaborative, San Francisco, California, to support the convening “Exploring the Golden Age of Chinatown: A Hidden History of Photography, Film, and Performance, 1920–1950,” $22,130

Creative Time, Inc., New York, New York, to support the eleventh Creative Time Summit, $25,000

Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, to support the convening “Indigenizing Museum Practices: Sharing Experiences and Strategies,” $25,000

Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, to support the symposium “Visible Designs: The Arts of Race and Capitalism,” $15,000

Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, to support the conference “Representations of Asian Migrants and Settlers in the Western United States, ca. 1850–1918,” $25,000

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, Panama City, Panama, to support the convening “CHOTIN´: Curatorial Methods from the Tropics and Surroundings,” $25,000

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts, to support the public symposium “The Wider World and Scrimshaw,” $25,000

New York Foundation for the Arts Inc., Brooklyn, New York, to support the convening “Museums Moving Forward: Equity and Accountability in Museum Workplaces,” $20,000

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to support the convening series “Contested Bodies: Black Women in Art and Culture,” $25,000

Strategic Initiatives

The foundation partners with organizations that are committed to inclusive and equitable practices and that engage research and learning models with the potential to offer new perspectives for the fields of American art.

Contemporary And (C&), Berlin, Germany, three-day critical writing workshops for thirty emerging art writers in Atlanta and Dallas focusing, respectively, on Black and Latinx perspectives, $86,000

The Laundromat Project, Brooklyn, New York, a public convening and a convening of more than 200 artist alumni of The Laundromat Project’s Create Change program, $35,000

Smarthistory, Pleasantville, New York, Latinx Art Histories and Futures, a project to develop new content exploring Latinx art and art histories, $68,000

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, participation of U.S. based artists in the 2023 edition of the March meeting of the Sharjah Biennial (UAE), $25,000

Art Design Chicago Exhibition

Art Design Chicago is a platform for collaboration and exchange developed with cultural practitioners throughout Chicago. The initiative seeks to catalyze transformative approaches to co-creation and community engagement and to stimulate expansive narratives of Chicago art and design, past and present.

National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois, The Legacy of Carlos Cortéz, $35,000

Art Design Chicago Exhibition Research and Development

The grants are intended to support research-and-development activities that will inform community-engagement strategies and content as well as plans for exhibitions expected to take place as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago. Tentative exhibition titles are included.

Threewalls, Chicago, Illinois, Call-and-Response: Dreaming of a Future, $75,000

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