Thomas Cole, American (born in England), 1801–1848, Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, 1828, oil on canvas, 100.96 x 138.43 cm (39 3/4 x 54 1/2 in.), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik, Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865, 47.1188, Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative

Art Bridges and the Terra Foundation for American Art have developed a nationwide initiative that supports multi-year exhibition partnerships among a group of cohorts that includes a large metropolitan museum and institutions in primarily non-metropolitan areas serving local communities. The initiative expects to generate exhibitions at more than 80 museums and arts venues, and meet a spectrum of audience interests. The Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative aims to:

  • Expand access to outstanding works of American art among audiences across the United States;
  • Create opportunities to curate collaboratively using shared collections and resources;
  • Foster professional-development exchange among all participating institutions;
  • Form a nationwide network of institutions committed to presenting American art in innovative ways; and
  • Broaden the relevance of museums in the 21st century by piloting meaningful exhibitions with specific communities in mind.

Initiative grants are offered through invitation and support the co-creation of series of exhibitions of art of the United States that are presented at partner institutions. The content-rich exhibitions will be customized for local audiences and include in-depth educational and interpretive materials. Integral to the collaborations are the inclusion of planned professional development events among the partners.

Presenting institutions are also supported directly by Art Bridges for related programming, community outreach, audience engagement, and evaluation.

Grantees & Partners

Exhibitions begin in 2018
— Fenimore Art Museum (Cooperstown, NY)
— Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, CT)
— Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts (Springfield, MA)
— Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (Utica, NY)

Exhibitions begin in 2018
— Clinton Arts Center (Clinton, MI)
— Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City, MI)
— Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI)
— Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI)
— Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI)
— William Bonifas Fine Arts Center (Escanaba, MI)

Exhibitions begin in 2018
— Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA)
— Demuth Museum/Lancaster Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA)
— Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA)
— Michener Art Museum (Doylestown, PA)
— Palmer Museum of Art [Penn State University](University Park, PA)
— Reading Public Museum (Reading, PA)
— Trout Gallery [Dickinson College] (Carlisle, PA)
— Westmoreland Museum of Art (Greensburg, PA)

Initiative Announcement: Press Release

April 5, 2018: “First Round of Partners and Programs Announced for New $15 Million Collection-sharing Terra-Art Bridges Initiative”

In the News

Art Exhibits Fill Galleries at the Mattatuck, July 8, Republican American

Two Eras of ‘Icebergs!’ On Exhibit at Mattatuck, June 29, Hartford Courant

‘Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden’ at Fenimore Art Museum, June 29, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Boston Museum of Fine Arts To Exhibit Masterpieces in Springfield, Other Museums, April 7, MassLive

MWPAI To Share Collections with Boston Museum, April 6, Observer Dispatch

First Round of Partners and Programs Announced by Terra-Art Bridges Initiative, April 6, Apollo

The Terra Foundation and Alice Walton Join Forces, April 6, Artnet

For Collection-sharing Initiative, Terra Foundation and Art Bridges Tap Detroit Institute of Arts, MFA Boston, April 6, Artnews

Bridging the Divide: Terra Foundation and Art Bridges Fund Collaborative Programming between Major Art Institutions and Smaller, Regional Venues, April 5, The Art Newspaper

MFA To Partner with Regional Museums, April 5, Boston Globe