Publications Program

The Terra Foundation for American Art publications program initiates and supports a diverse portfolio of projects that broaden and enrich the research and study of the visual arts of the United States in a global framework. It provides funding for the publication of original manuscripts, translations, and digital initiatives via its grants and prizes. As a publisher, it produces titles that align with the foundation’s curatorial and academic programs.

Publication Grants & Prizes

  • International Publication Grants administered in partnership with College Art Association support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a publisher.
  • American Art in Translation Book Prize administered in partnership with Yale University Press helps to overcome the language barrier that often deters international research and encourages authors to take the field of American art history into new historical and interpretive terrain. The prize is awarded for an unpublished manuscript or manuscript previously published in a language other than English written by a non-US author.
  • Art Design Chicago 2024 Publications Grants administered by the Terra Foundation offer grants for book-length publications that contribute new insights and knowledge about Chicago’s art and/or design history, specifically related to the confluences of artists, designers, and creative ideas in Chicago, and their impact on art and design in the city and beyond. These grants are awarded as part of Art Design Chicago, an ongoing exploration and celebration of Chicago’s distinct contributions to American art and design.
  • International Essay Prize administered in partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museum recognizes excellent scholarship by a non-US citizen working in the field of historical American art, stimulating and actively supporting a broad, culturally comparative dialogue that examines new findings and original perspectives. This program concluded in 2019.

Digital Publication Initiatives

Digital Publication Initiatives are innovative projects that promote the use and application of computational technology and data in the study of the visual arts of the United States and the dissemination of the resulting research.

Terra Foundation Publications

The foundation produces titles that result from or complement the work of the foundation’s curatorial and academic program teams. These books include exhibition catalogues in multiple-language editions, scholarly monographs, critical anthologies, and a thematic research series and serve as a resource to scholars, students, and the arts-interested public.

Review a selection of our titles.