To support publication grants for a three-year period. These grants will further the Terra Foundation’s mission of internationalizing the field of American art by supporting scholars worldwide who share goals of excellence and originality. In addition to encouraging international scholarship, they will enrich the field through the introduction of new approaches to American art research. They will also enable scholars outside the United States greater access to American art scholarship as well as allow them to publish on this topic in their home countries.
Terra Teacher Lab
To support the Terra Teacher Lab from June 2011 to June 2013. Offered since 2005, this free year-long professional-development program has helped Chicago middle-grade and high-school teachers use works of American art to enrich their curricula, motivate students to read and write, and deepen students’ understandings of art, history, and other core subjects. The program supports Chicago Public Schools learning goals and national standards. It is offered in collaboration with DePaul’s Center for Urban Education, which administers the program; and the Art Institute of Chicago, where it is held.
University of Pennsylvania
To support a two-day symposium (March 23 – 24, 2012), organized by Professor Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania, held at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (Philadelphia). The symposium, entitled “Polo S: Reorienting the Visual Culture of the Early Americas,” brings together a diverse group of international art historians working on cross-cultural projects situated in the Atlantic world during the height of the colonial era (circa 1600 – 1850).
Terra Summer Residency
To support the Terra Summer Residency (TSR), which brings 10 doctoral students and emerging artists to Giverny to pursue individual research for 8 weeks. During the residency, this international group working in American art and visual culture is given the opportunity to engage with prominent artists and scholars through group seminars and individual mentorship opportunities. Focused on American and European participants over the past ten years, the program is open to fellows worldwide.
Research Travel Grants
To support the 2012 and 1023 Terra Research Travel Grants, which have been awarded annually since 2003. The grants support short-term travel, providing scholars studying American art outside the United States an opportunity to consult resources which are only available in the U.S. The grants make it possible to discover new source material; experience artwork in American collections first-hand; make personal contact with artists, curators, art dealers, etc.; and establish professional networks for future research.
Landscape Painting in the Americas Pre-Exhibition Convenings
To support two, two-day working meetings in order to advance the exhibition Landscape Painting of the Americas, 1830-1930 in collaboration with the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil).
American Encounters: Thomas Cole
To support the first in a series of annual presentations of American art over the next five years jointly organized by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Arkansas), the Musée du Louvre (Paris), and the Terra Foundation. The first presentation, American Encounters: Thomas Cole, focuses on the theme of landscape with four paintings by Thomas Cole and one by Asher B. Durand. It opens in 2012 at the Louvre and then travels to the Crystal Bridges Museum and the High Museum. The grant also supports publication by the Louvre of a scholarly book on the painting by Thomas Cole in its collection.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
To support the continued digitization of the Archives of American Art’s collections over the next five years and to establish a full-time staff position dedicated to developing scholarly and educational initiatives using these collections. To date, the program, begun in 2005 with Terra Foundation support, has resulted in the digitization of nearly ten percent of the Archives’ vast holdings of more than sixteen million items, radically increasing worldwide access to and engagement with primary sources on American art.
Yale University Art Gallery
To support the loan and related programming surrounding the special exhibition of Samuel F. B. Morse’s painting Gallery of the Louvre and related oil study Francis I, Study for “Gallery of the Louvre” at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2011. Intensive scholarly study, dialogue, and teaching across Yale University’s curricula focus on these two paintings from the Terra Foundation’s collection. Programming includes a public lecture by historian and best-selling author David McCullough, a study day, and curator-led gallery talks.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
To support the ongoing tour of the Terra Foundation’s flagship painting Gallery of the Louvre by Samuel F. B. Morse at its third venue, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2012–13. The painting serves as the focal point of a gallery thematically devoted to the training, professional identity, and self-representation of American artists in the nineteenth century. Public programs include a scholar’s day, a lecture by David McCullough, and a copying class for the academy’s fine arts students.