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.
The grants listed support projects through our Exhibitions, Art Design Chicago Community-Engagement Research & Development, and former Chicago K–12 responsive grant programs, as well as the Terra Collection in Residence, a new initiative being developed in partnership with participating organizations.
Art Design Chicago Community-Engagement R&D grants—launched in 2022—are intended to help ADC partners develop community-centered engagement strategies for their ADC exhibitions, most of which will open in Chicago in 2024. Applicants drafted their grant proposals in conversation with one another through the ADC Engagement Learning Community, a platform for the cooperative generation of ideas, knowledge exchange, and collective problem-solving around equitable and inclusive community-engagement strategies. Participating Chicago museums and cultural centers will continue to refine and test these models of engagement in 2023 and 2024, working toward the goals of catalyzing mutually beneficial partnerships with communities and spurring organizational growth and change.
One such ADC Community-Engagement R&D grant was awarded to the Design Museum of Chicago (DMoC) to support relationship-building and community participation in the development of Chicago Types: Letterforms for Everyone, the museum’s 2024 exhibition that will examine the contributions of underrepresented artists and designers in Chicago’s history of typography. As part of its engagement efforts, DMoC staff plans to build relationships in communities where typographic history and its legacies has not been institutionally archived and/or reflected in scholarship. As a pilot initiative, DMoC plans to partner with community-based organizations to present a series of cross-generational workshops with teenagers and seniors in several neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West Sides.
“The ADC Engagement R&D grant will allow us to work directly with community members throughout Chicago to develop community archive practices and learn from the stories and ephemera they share with us,” said Amira Hegazy, who joined DMoC as the Chicago Types Research Fellow and will continue to work on engagement planning for the exhibitions through the Engagement R&D grant, building relationships with community members and collaborating on how to best exhibit the materials unveiled through the neighborhood workshops. “We’re so excited to include our community partners and individuals in our discovery of Chicago letterforms and their rich histories.”
For all foundation grants awarded, and more information about the grants, please see the grants database.
March 2022 Grants Awarded
Art Design Chicago Engagement Research & Development
The grants are intended to support community engagement, research-and-development activities that will inform engagement strategies for an exhibition expected to take place as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago. Tentative exhibition titles are included.
6018North, Land, water, garden – urbs in horto – Greening the Swamp, $20,000
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Bridging Two Cultures: Lithuanian Immigrant Artists in Chicago 1950–2000, $20,000
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, In the Abstract: Art in Chicago 1980s–1990s, $20,000
Chicago History Museum, Chicago Designs for Change, $20,000
Chicago Public Library Foundation, An Immigrant among Immigrants: Pilsen through the Lens of Akito Tsuda, $20,000
DePaul Art Museum, exhibition examines the art and career of Chicago artist and designer Edgar Miller (1899–1993), $20,000
Design Museum of Chicago, Chicago Types: Letterforms for Everyone, $20,000
Gallery 400, Together: Art, Education, and Community, $20,000
Hyde Park Art Center, Robert Paige: Patterns of Progress, $20,000
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago as Catalyst: Immigrant Communities Nourish Self-Taught Artists, $20,000
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Together: Arts and Education and Community, $20,000
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Indigenous Chicago: Confluence, Rupture, Flow, $20,000
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, exhibition examining the artistic genealogies of the Puerto Rican diaspora in Chicago from the 1970s to the present, $20,000
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Dawit L. Petros: Prospetto a Mare, $20,000
National Museum of Mexican Art, Re-presenting: Developing Identity at Chicago’s 1893 Columbian World’s Fair, $20,000
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Puerto Rico to Chicago: The Shaping of an Arts Community, $20,000
Smart Museum of Art, Ruth Duckworth: Life as a Unity, $20,000
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, High Craft in Chicago in the 1970s–80s, $20,000
DePaul Art Museum, to research and develop a community-informed program model, $50,000
National Museum of Mexican Art, “Nuestras Historias: Teaching the Story of America through Art,” $25,000
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 the story of American art is told.
Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York, Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915, $85,500
Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kingdom, Circe, $27,000
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Double Vision, $150,000
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, Anne Truitt: Color in Space, $200,000
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief, $175,000
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, Designed by Women, $125,000
Musées de la Métropole Rouen Normandie, Rouen, France, Sheila Hicks: Off-limits, $25,000
Swiss Institute, New York, New York, Karen Lamassonne, $160,000
Public Art Fund, New York, New York, exhibition of work by Wendy Red Star, $21,300
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, Edward Hopper’s New York, $250,000
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.
Brooklyn Rail, New York, New York, virtual conversation series “The New Social Environment,” $250,000
Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kingdom, one-year curatorial fellowship, $34,200
Terra Collection in Residence
The Terra Foundation loans artworks from its collection for extended periods to academic museums in the United States and international museums with strong connections to universities. The foundation collaborates with partners to identify objects for loan that amplify institutions’ permanent collections and invite the presentation of new contexts, voices, and histories. The program helps museums expand the stories they can tell with their permanent collections and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary research and teaching with American art.
Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Oxford, United Kingdom / Terra Foundation for American Art, $100,000
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine / Terra Foundation for American Art, $75,000
Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany / Terra Foundation for American Art, $75,000