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 contents, 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’re interested in learning more, please contact us at [email protected].
Tougaloo College Art Collections
Tougaloo College was founded in Tougaloo, Mississippi, in 1869, by the American Missionary Association (AMA), an abolitionist group from Albany, New York. The Tougaloo College Art Collections were started in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement when a group of activists, curators, and critics formed the New York Art Committee for Tougaloo College. The Terra Foundation loans serve as a preamble to Tougaloo’s permanent collection closely associated with the New York School, and the works help tell the story of the intersection of New York School artists and the American Civil Rights Movement. Two paintings are on loan for at least one year (February–December 2022).
Artworks on loan
Georgia Museum of Art
The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) located at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, opened in 1948, and holds collections of American art, European art, and decorative arts and works on paper for instruction and exhibition. The Terra Foundation loans are intended to amplify existing narratives in the permanent collection, fill gaps in the museum’s collection of American art and culture, and activate individual artworks in the permanent collection. Five paintings are on loan for a period of four years (June 2022–June 2026).
Artwork on loan
John Singleton Copley, Portrait of a Lady in a Blue Dress, 1763
John F. Peto, Old Time Letter Rack, 1894
Henry Ossawa Tanner, Les Invalides, 1896
Charles Sheeler, Bucks County Barn, 1940
Joseph Stella, Telegraph Poles with Buildings, 1917
Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology
The world’s oldest university museum, opened in 1683, the Ashmolean at the University of Oxford, UK, develops programs for active audience engagement and is committed to supporting American art. The museum uses the Terra Foundation artworks on loan to develop classes for undergraduate and graduate students, provide training and career-development opportunities for faculty and early-career researchers, and prompt new interpretations for permanent collection works. One painting and 37 prints are on loan for a period of four years (September 2022–September 2026).
Artworks on loan
Thomas Moran, Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon, 1864 (loan period began 2019)
Alexander Archipenko, Torso in Space, 1952
Milton Avery, Night Nude, 1953
Gustave Baumann, Aspen-Red River, 1918
Thomas Hart Benton, Huck Finn, 1936
Isabel Bishop, Noon Hour, 1935
George Bellows, Billy Sunday, 1923
Harry Brodsky, Under the Boardwalk, 1941
Paul Cadmus, Shore Leave, 1935
Shelly Terman Canton, Mother and Child, 1964
Mary Cassatt, Under the Horse-Chestnut Tree, 1896–97
Mary Cassatt, The Barefooted Child, 1896–97
Mary Cassatt, Maternal Caress, 1890–91
Glenn O. Coleman, Bonfire, 1928
Ralston Crawford, Third Avenue Elevated #4, 1952
Arthur Wesley Dow, Moonrise, c. 1898-1905
Mabel Dwight, Queer Fish, 1936
Boris Gorelick, Sweat Shop, c. 1938
William Gropper, Cartoon Warmonger, 1965
William Gropper, Strike Breakers, 1965
Jolan Gross-Bettelheim, Bridge Cables II, c. 1940
Edward Hopper, East Side Interior, 1922
Rockwell Kent, Dirty Deborah, 1933
Blanche Lazzell, Still Life, 1919 (printed 1931)
Bertha Lum, Frost, 1919
Kyra Markham, Bleecker Street Fire Hydrant, 1942
Kyra Markham, Night Club, 1935
Reginald Marsh, Tattoo-Shave-Haircut, 1932
Reginald Marsh, The Barker, 1931
Kenneth Hayes Miller, Leaving the Shop, 1929
John Sloan, A Band in the Back Yard, 1907
Benton Murdoch Spruance, The People Work, 1937 (4 prints + portfolio cover)
Charles Turzak, Randolph Street, c. 1936
Max Weber, Rabbi Reading (Pensioned), 1919–20
Colby College Museum of Art
Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is part of Colby College, located in Waterville, Maine. The teaching museum is a destination for American art and education and engagement with local, national, and global communities. The Terra Foundation artworks on loan serve as points of departure for university engagement and curricular development and create new contexts and new interpretations for American art. Four paintings are on loan for a period of three years (June 2022–June 2025).
Artworks on loan
Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig
The Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, located in Leipzig, Germany, was founded in 1848 with a collection that spans the late European Middle Ages to today. The Terra Foundation artworks on loan create unexpected connections within the museum’s permanent collection, which encourage engagement with local communities. The museum also collaborates with local universities and art schools to develop classes around the artworks. Five paintings are on loan for a period of three years (July 2022–July 2025).
Artworks on loan
Willard Metcalf, The Lily Pond, 1887
William Merritt Chase, Morning at Breakwater, Shinnecock, c. 1897
Lilla Cabot Perry, Self-Portrait, 1889–96
Dennis Miller Bunker, The Mirror, 1890
Jamie Wyeth, Kalounna in Frogtown, 1986
Harvard Art Museums
Part of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvard Art Museums is a leader in innovative museological approaches and plays a vital role as a space for teaching, cross-disciplinary study, and learning through art. The goals for this project are centered in the decolonial and ethnoecological approaches of queer studies. These approaches center materiality and process, challenge traditional narratives and dualities by positing questions without seeking a single narrative answer, and explore untold histories. Nine artworks are on loan for a period of four years (December 2022–December 2026).
Artworks on view
Frederic Church, Our Banner in the Sky, 1861
Samuel Colman, Jr., Ships Unloading, New York, 1868
Martin Johnson Heade (attributed), Two Owls at Sunset, c. 1859–60
Samuel F.B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, 1831–33
Mary Cassatt, Afternoon Tea Party, 1890–91
Mary Cassatt, Gathering Fruit, c. 1893;
Mary Cassatt, The Lamp, 1890–91
Mary Cassatt, In the Omnibus, 1890–91
Mary Cassatt, Feeding the Ducks, 1895
Ackland Art Museum
Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, strives to be playful, rigorous, and responsive to nurture curiosity, encourage creativity, and disrupt convention. The museum uses the Terra Foundation loans as primary source material for university classes in Art History, American Studies, African Studies, African American Studies, Diaspora Studies, English and Comparative Literature, and History. The loans enable the museum to craft narratives that spur meaningful discussion among museum audiences. Four paintings are on loan for a period of four years (March 2023–March 2027).