The Terra Summer Residency is the foundation’s annual, interdisciplinary program for doctoral scholars and artists worldwide. The program encourages independent work on dissertations and artistic projects, while providing thematic seminars on topics of current interest to the field of American art, visual and material culture, and artistic practice. Mentoring by established scholars and artists is offered, as well as guest lectures from art professionals to foster reflection about more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable practices.
The Terra Foundation prioritizes scholarly and artistic projects that interrogate and broaden definitions of American art and supports projects engaged in transforming or complicating how the story of American art is told. To expand histories of American art, we encourage projects that reflect a commitment to inclusive and equitable research and creative practice; generate new scholarship and interpretive frameworks; employ critical methodologies and innovative models; and/or engage diverse partners and audiences. Given the international and interdisciplinary nature of the program, we encourage interest in and projects that allow for cross-cultural dialogue.
Located in the foundation’s houses in Giverny, France (about one hour from Paris), the nine-week residency aims to provide participants with an opportunity to listen and learn from each other, to compare cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives, and to form professional networks and collaborations. In addition to a stipend, fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, lunches, and weekly round-trip train tickets to Paris.
Online applications for the 2022 program are open from October 15, 2021, to January 17, 2022. Applicants are notified of award decisions in April 2022.
Priorities & Eligibility
The Terra Foundation supports projects that foster expansive narratives of American art. Recognizing current and historical inequities in presentations and understandings of American art history, the foundation’s priority is to address these imbalances and exclusions and center the voices of scholars and artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color.
Candidates worldwide are invited to apply.
Applicants may be either:
a) Doctoral candidates of all disciplines researching American art and visual culture (for example, African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Arab American Studies, Art History, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Curatorial Studies, Disability Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Asian Studies, History, Latinx Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Migration Studies, Museum and Exhibition Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and Social Sciences).
All visual art categories are eligible except architecture and commercial film/animation.
Candidates already at the writing stage of their dissertations are particularly encouraged to apply.
b) Artists with a Master of Fine Arts, other master’s degree, or its equivalent at the time of application.
Application & Selection Process
To apply for this fellowship, applications must be submitted online. Applications will only be considered if they include a completed application form, the required materials therein, and two letters of recommendation.
Applications are reviewed by two external selection committees that each reflect a diverse range of backgrounds, perspectives, and approaches: one for the scholar applicants, comprising scholars with demonstrated expertise in American art and visual culture; and one for the artist applicants, comprising artists, curators, and other arts professionals.
Applicants for the Terra Summer Residency will be assessed on multiple criteria, including:
- the relevance of the project and awareness of current concerns in the field of American art and artistic practice; the project’s contribution to sharing expansive narratives of American art, including through cross-cultural perspectives; and the clarity of the thinking and writing
- the feasibility of the project with regard to timeline, work plan, and objectives
- examples of past work, understood as the artistic or scholarly originality and rigor achieved in the applicant’s previous work or studies, as well as their past artistic and scholarly accomplishments
- the candidate’s ability to contribute to a collegial, intercultural, and interdisciplinary community
As the program’s working language is English, all applicants are expected to be fluent; knowledge of French is an asset but not required.
Information about funding
In addition to lodging and lunches, Terra Summer Residency fellows receive a $5,000 stipend (artists receive an additional $300 for the purchase of materials); as well as a travel contribution (up to $500 for individuals traveling from Europe, up to $1,200 for individuals traveling from the US and Canada, and up to $1,500 for individuals traveling from additional destinations).
Information about the residency
Giverny is both a small historic village (year-round population under 500) and a tourist destination, due to the Monet House and Gardens. It has no supermarket or any other grocery shops. The nearest town, Vernon, is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Giverny. It has all the facilities fellows might need during their stay: banks, post offices, shopping centers, health professionals, leisure and sports equipment, restaurants and cafés, among other amenities.
The Terra Foundation’s four residential properties are in Giverny, France, circa 75 km (47 miles) from Paris. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the properties offer an environment conducive to focused work, discussion, and collaboration.
Each house includes:
- Individual bedrooms with study space
- Shared bathrooms
- Fully equipped communal kitchen
- Laundry room
- Living room
- Shared workspace with printer
- Private parking
- Bedding and linens
- Free use of bicycles
- Free use of shared car
- Cleaning and house maintenance
Working facilities and resources
Within walking distance of the residential houses, the working hub of the residency called Le Hameau (the hamlet), comprises:
- artists’ studios
- a seminar room
- two shared study spaces
- the offices of the foundation’s residency staff
Holdings from the Terra Foundation Library of American Art in Paris are brought to Giverny upon request for the duration of the resident’s stay. This library is exclusively devoted to the visual arts of the United States from the eighteenth century to 1980, and some contemporary art.
Artists are responsible for acquiring the materials necessary to make their work. Supplies can be purchased in fine art stores in Paris or hardware stores near Giverny. Basic tools are available upon request; however, the foundation does not provide fully equipped workshops, photographic, or computer imaging equipment.
Terra Summer Residency Fellows 2001–2020
View the Terra Summer Residency 10th Anniversary brochure, which includes a complete list of participants from 2001 to 2010 and sample presentations.