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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.

Grants Awarded June 2022

The Terra Foundation awarded 74 grants in June 2022, amounting to a total of over $7 million, to support projects that question and broaden understandings of American art and engage in transforming how the story of American art is told. The grants listed below support a range of projects, including convenings, permanent collection reinstallation planning […]

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

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 […]

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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.

Meet Alba Campo Rosillo: 2021–22 Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art

Alba Campo Rosillo is a curator of American Art and the 2021–22 Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. She discusses the opportunity to write new narratives for American Art.

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Grants Awarded March 2022

The Terra Foundation awarded 35 grants in March, amounting to a total of over $2.3 million, to support projects that encourage collaborative practices between Chicago-based arts and cultural organizations, exhibitions on American art worldwide, and new strategic initiatives focused on expanding narratives of American art.

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Photo of graffiti on a wall created with types forms. The graffiti resembles the Chicago flag. There are white and blue horizontal stripes with four red stars in the center.

Design Museum of Chicago, Chicago Types Project, featured work by calligrapher and artist Tubs, photo courtesy of Design Museum of Chicago, 2022.

New School: Romi Crawford Shares the Black Arts Movement School Modality with the Next Generation

The Terra Foundation provided funding for the Black Arts Movement School Modality through the foundation’s initiative Art Design Chicago, aimed at elevating the multiplicity of voices that have been central to the city’s artistic identity and cultural history. Jennifer Siegenthaler, Terra Foundation Program Director, Chicago Grants and Initiatives, spoke with BAM School Modality creator Romi […]

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Computer screen with people on a group call.

Screenshot of participants in Black Arts Movement School Modality, conceived by Romi Crawford, 2021.

Chicago Avant-Garde: An Interview with Curator
Liesl Olson

Chicago Avant-Garde tells the story of five women who took radical risks in their lives and in their art: artist Gertrude Abercrombie, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and dealer-curator Katharine Kuh. Inspired and challenged by Chicago, they helped transform the city into a hub of avant-garde experimentation. The Terra Foundation-supported exhibition, […]

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Woman viewing exhibition.

Visitors to Chicago Avant-Garde, 2021, The Newberry Library, photo by Anne Ryan.

Photograph of a greenhouse with glass paneled walls and roof. An orange glow emanates from the inside.

Lucas Foglia, American (b. New York City, 1983), New Crop Varieties for Extreme Weather, Geneva Greenhouses, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, New York, 2013. From the series Human Nature. Archival pigment print. Harvard Art Museums, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs, 2019.312. © Lucas Foglia; image courtesy of the artist.

Women in Abstraction: An Interview with Curator Christine Macel

The Terra Foundation-supported exhibition Women in Abstraction, on view through August 23, 2021, at Centre Pompidou, considers contributions of women artists to abstraction. With more than 500 works on view dating from the 1860s to the 1990s, the exhibition focuses on women who have often gone unrecognized for their contributions to movement. The foundation’s exhibition […]

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A woman dressed in black spilling paint from a paint can onto the floor, which already has paint spills in orange, blue, and yellow.

American artist Lynda Benglis works on a commissioned project for the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, 1969. The work involves poured latex paint for an installation at the university. © Adagp, Paris 2021 (Photo by Henry Groskinsky/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Terra Foundation Senior Engagement Fellow:
Meet Pascale Ife Williams

Artist and educator Pascale Ife Williams joins the Terra Foundation as Senior Engagement Fellow. A Visiting Artist in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Williams is a Chicago native with over 10 years of experience in justice-driven arts and community-engaged work.

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Headshot of a woman.

Pascale Ife Williams, Terra Foundation Senior Engagement Fellow