All Grants


The University of Edinburgh
$45,000
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2022

To support Hot Art, Cold War: East Central Europe Workshops on American Art, to be held in Poznań, Bucharest, and Dresden. These workshops expand on research undertaken for the Terra Foundationfunded anthology Hot Art, Cold War: Southern and Eastern European Writings on American Art, 1945–1990 (Routledge, 2020). Organized by the University of Edinburgh, the thematically related workshops stimulate further debate and research on artistic relations between East Central Europe and the US in the context of the Cold War. 

University of Copenhagen
$25,000
Copenhagen, Denmark
2022

To support a two-day conference that highlights the groundbreaking practices of the Light and Space movement, connecting past and present generations of artists. The event will be recorded and be made available on Copenhagen Contemporary’s website. 

Hellenic American University
$25,000
Nashua, NH
2022

To support Terra (in) cognita: Dialogues between Greek Culture and Modern American Art, a four-day conference to be held at the Athens Campus of Hellenic American University. The event explores the wide spectrum of associations between modern American art, with a focus on Abstract Expressionism, and iconic aspects of Greek culture. An English- and Greek-language book will be published following the conference. 

University of Miami
$25,000
Coral Gables, FL
2022

To support “Geoffrey Holder: Prismatic Blackness, A Writers’ Workshop,” a two-day event organized by the Center for Black Global Studies, which convenes scholars, archivists, writers, and editors to support the development of an integrated web-based archive and academic publication dedicated to the work of Geoffrey Holder. 

Yale University
$25,000
New Haven, CT
2022

To support “Surrogates: Embodied Histories of Sculpture in the Short 20th Century,” a three-day symposiumorganized in collaboration with University of Graz and Museum Brandhorstexploring how modern sculpture became the locus for impassioned debates about the human, investigating the intersection of corporality, subjectivity, and ideology across four revisionist histories: postcolonial, feminist, queer, and antiracist. The symposium will be shared via a website, livestreaming, and possibly an edited volume. 

Archives of American Art
$24,000
Washington, DC
2022

To support a computer art study day at the Archives, which focuses on the first decades when artists began to incorporate emerging computer technologies into their practices. The study day explores how to collect, preserve, and make available key archival collections documenting the medium’s history. Interviews with attendees after the event will be posted online. 

The Newberry Library
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support the multiday seminar “Chicago Designs: New Approaches for Teaching Politics, Commerce, and Culture.” Developed for university faculty from a variety of disciplines, the program highlights key topics in Chicago’s design history, ranging from the legacy of the New Bauhaus to the impact of the city’s African American design community, and provides hands-on opportunities at the Newberry Library and other local archives. Participants build and share curricular projects to be made available on a website created to host materials produced through the program. The program is part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Green Lantern Press
$7,000
Santa Fe, New Mexico
2021

To support Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect, a scholarly publication edited by art historian Romi Crawford with contributions from more than thirty artists, writers, cultural theorists, and others, reflecting on the history and significance of the historic Wall of Respect mural created by a community of artists on Chicago’s South Side, and ways to commemorate this influential but no longer extant work of public art. The book is published and distributed by the University of Minnesota Press.

Africa International House USA, Inc.
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support a public symposium, “Art & Agency: Exploring the African American Quilting Tradition,” at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, examining the history and significance of quilting within African American communities and the broader African diaspora, with emphasis on quilting’s role as an art form and a medium for storytelling and resistance.

Center for Native Futures
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support the Mounds Summit, the inaugural two-day conference of the newly formed Center for Native Futures, dedicated to scholarship addressing Indigenous Futurisms, and the contemporary art and creative art practices of Native people.