Painting of an iceberg in the sea with a ship in front of it.

Frederic Edwin Church,The Iceberg, c. 1875, oil on canvas, 22 x 27 in. (55.9 x 68.6 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1993.6

Through loans from our collection, the Terra Foundation for American Art contributes to exhibitions and programs that enhance the scholarship and understanding of American art.

Exhibition Loans

Institutions seeking to borrow artwork from the collection for a temporary exhibition should send a formal letter of request (by mail or email attachment) addressed to Turry M. Flucker, Vice President for Collections and Partnerships / Terra Foundation for American Art / 120 East Erie Street / Chicago, IL 60611 / USA.

Please include the following information:

  • A title and description of the exhibition, including whether a catalogue is planned
  • A list of the objects requested
  • The significance of the proposed objects from the collection to the exhibition
  • The venue(s) and dates of the exhibition

A facilities report from the borrowing institution and all venues should be submitted for review before the loan can be presented for approval to the foundation’s Board of Directors.

We recommend submitting requests at least 12 months before the opening of the exhibition.

If you wish to discuss possible loans in advance of sending a request, or if you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Terra Collection-in-Residence

Through the foundation’s initiative program Terra Collection-in-Residence, artworks are loaned for extended periods to invited 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 practices. 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.

At this time, the foundation proactively initiates projects through invitation. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Katherine Bourguignon, Senior Curator, at [email protected].

Art Institute of Chicago Partnership

Since 2005, a rotating selection of artworks from the Terra Foundation collection have been on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. This partnership allows local, national, and international audiences to view objects from the collection and helps the Art Institute deepen and expand narratives of American art, inviting new interpretations throughout the Arts of the Americas galleries.

View the foundation’s artworks on loan to the Art Institute of Chicago.

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