Terra Foundation Partnerships & Initiatives


Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
$194,098
Madrid, Spain
2020

To support the Terra Foundation Collection Research Fellowship in American Art, a two-year fellowship focused on the museum’s permanent collection of nineteenth-century art of the United States. The fellow works with curators to imagine and implement a new installation of the American collection at the museum, the first full re-installation since the 1990s. The fellow publishes scholarly essays, contributes to a new collection catalogue, and organizes an international symposium in Madrid.

Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
$221,500
Paris, France
2020

To support the Terra Foundation Research Fellowship and Convenings on Native American Art, a twelve-month research fellowship and two convenings devoted to the museum’s permanent collection of Native American art, from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, known as the “Royal Collections.” This interdisciplinary, multi-year research project of this vast collection furthers knowledge of the fragile indigenous objects and contributes to two convenings in Paris with representatives from Native American communities for first-hand study and discussion in front of objects.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
$358,000
Berlin, Germany
2020

To support the four-year renewal of the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at the Institute of Art and Visual History, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This program, originally funded in 2016 for a four-year cycle, supports two postdoctoral fellows, each for a two-year period, to teach and conduct research in art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980 at the prestigious art history department in Germany, where students and faculty represent a variety of periods and traditions of art history.

Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney
$556,300
Sydney, Australia
2019

To support a three-year visiting professorship and research program devoted to Native American art at the Power Institute Foundation. The program introduces Native American art to Australian students and initiates research on connections between the Indigenous cultures of Australia, Asia-Pacific, and North America.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / Terra Foundation for American Art
$16,070
Humlebæk, Denmark
2019

To support an academic conference co-organized by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark) and the Terra Foundation to accompany the Terra Foundation-supported exhibition Marsden Hartley. The conference focuses on gender issues, spirituality, and Hartley’s influence on contemporary art in relation to American modernism.

Courtauld Institute of Art
$275,000
London, United Kingdom
2019

To support the programs of the Centre for American Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Founded in 2016, the Centre is the only art history program in Europe exclusively devoted to the teaching and study of American art prior to 1980. A special unit within the Courtauld, the Centre promotes research and education for undergraduate and graduate students with a wide range of scholarly programs.

College Art Association
$552,030
New York, New York
2019

To support the Terra Foundation Research Travel Grants for a three-year period. Administered by the College Art Association, two types of grant support are available to individuals for research on topics concerning American art prior to 1980: Research Travel Grants to the United States and International Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars. These grants encourage direct contact between international scholars and collections, resources, and experts in the US, and allow US-based scholars the opportunity to consult archival collections, trace the trajectory of their objects of study, and discuss their findings with local art historians.

Art of the United States, 1750-2000
$186,000
Chicago, Illinois
2019

To support phase three of the Terra Foundation Publication Art of the United States, 1750-2000: Primary Sources and the production of the anthology in Japanese and Chinese languages. This book presents the history of three centuries of US art through a wide range of historical voices, bringing together period documents and artworks.

Yale University Press
$80,000
New Haven, Connecticut
2018

To support the second cycle of the American Art in Translation Book Prize, initially launched in 2015. Every three years, the book prize awards a non-US author whose work contributes significantly to scholarship on American art with the English translation of her/his book by Yale University Press. The prize recipient also receives a cash award and is invited to present a public lecture at Yale University upon the book’s release.

Université Paris Nanterre
$66,600
Paris, France
2018

To support the Terra Foundation Immersion Semesters in American Art History, a new academic program in partnership with four major European universities that have previously collaborated with the foundation on teaching programs. Other participating institutions include: Courtauld Institute of Art, Humboldt Universität Berlin, and Université Paris Diderot.