The Terra Foundation for American Art supports individuals, organizations, and communities worldwide to advance expansive understandings of American art through its grant program, collection, and initiatives.
Current Grant and Fellowship programs:
- Re-envisioning Permanent Collections
- Art Design Chicago (including support for Exhibitions, Convenings, Publications, and Public Programs)
- Fellowships and visiting professorships
The foundation prioritizes projects that question and broaden definitions of American art and supports projects engaged in transforming or complicating how the story of American art is told. We encourage projects that:
- reflect a commitment to inclusive and equitable research and museum practice;
- generate new scholarship and interpretive frameworks;
- employ critical methodologies and innovative models;
- and/or engage diverse partners and audiences.
For Terra Foundation consideration, projects should engage with American and/or Native American arts, including historical or contemporary art, or both. Projects focused on contemporary art should manifest a critical and reflective engagement with American and/or Native American histories, arts, and art histories.
The Terra Foundation supports projects that address a range of artistic practices associated with the visual arts. Examples of projects we have funded have centered:
- Paintings, sculptures, works on paper, decorative arts, design, performance art, video art, and conceptual art.
We welcome opportunities to collaborate with organizations worldwide to generate projects that support expansive narratives of American art.
If you are seeking support for projects addressing categories not listed here, please contact us at [email protected].
For additional information, please see the Grants & Fellowships FAQ.