The Terra Foundation for American Art has announced a three-year, $3 million initiative designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of historical American art in the Chicago area by encouraging residents and visitors to explore local museums, galleries, and public spaces.
The foundation will provide approximately $2.5 million in grants and programs and an additional $500,000 in promotional support for the American Art American City initiative, which is designed to spotlight programming planned by approximately twenty-five participating cultural institutions from mid-October through the end of 2008. The project marks the first time the Terra Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting the exploration, understanding and enjoyment of pre-1980 visual art in the United States, has developed a citywide initiative.
Fall programs to be offered with foundation support include Big Picture: A New View of Painting in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum; "Nature's History: American Landscape Art and Environmental Thinking," the annual Terra Foundation Lecture on American Art at the Chicago Humanities Festival; and Alexander Calder in Focus at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art will present A.G. Rizzoli: Architect of Magnificent Visions, the Chicago Park District will host the Chicago Park ArtSEEN bus tour, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation will offer Sculpture in the Loop architecture walking tours.
"American Art American City is an expression of the Terra Foundation's commitment to American art and to the great city of Chicago," said Elizabeth Glassman, the foundation's president and CEO. "Inspired by creative proposals, we have increased our grant funding in Chicago. By supporting and promoting a wide range of programs that are engaging and educational, we hope to pique the city's interest in the fascinating history of American art."