In recognition of the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Terra Foundation for American Art supports exhibitions that enlarge the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980.
Eligible exhibitions include those that take place internationally or in Chicago and that are aimed at the general public, scholars, or both. Exhibitions that take place only in the United States but outside of Chicago must present historical American art in an international context and reach a scholarly audience.
The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that add an international dimension to the study or presentation of historical American art or that take place in Chicago, where the foundation is headquartered. "International dimensions" vary by project but must include a venue outside the U.S.; a focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art in an international context; and an international curatorial team. Grant funding also is available for exhibitions that include objects from the Terra Foundation's collection of American art.
To be eligible, institutions must have 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Grants are not made to individuals.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than March 1, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a a full proposal, which must be returned by May 15, 2017.
See the Terra Foundation website for complete program guidelines and information on previously awarded grants.