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Terra Foundation for American Art Awards Grants in Excess of $2.9 Million
Installation view. Newinstallation of the Modern Art Galleries, featuring works by Robert Motherwell (left) and David Smith right at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. ©2008 Museum Associates/LCMA.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Terra Foundation for American Art announces the following recipients of Terra Foundation grants totaling $2,997,494:

Exhibition Program:

(London, United Kingdom)

To support the catalogue and the 2009–2010 exhibition Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This comprehensive retrospective of the life and career of Arshile Gorky will include paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings.

(Los Angeles, California)

To support the catalogue and the 2011–2012 exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, co-organized by Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico City, Mexico). The exhibition will examine the importance of Surrealism in American art, the role of women in the surrealist movement, and the unique character of the phenomenon in the United States and Mexico.

(Rome, Italy)

To support the catalogue and 2009–2010 retrospective on Alexander Calder, organized in conjunction with the Calder Foundation. This exhibition will provide a comprehensive survey of Calder’s career and will be the first major showing of the artist’s work in Rome.

(Giverny, France)

To support the catalogue and the 2009 exhibition Joan Mitchell: Paintings, organized in collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation and drawn from collections in the United States and Europe. This exhibition will be the first in France since 1994 to focus on Mitchell’s work.

(Washington, D.C.)

To support the exhibition catalogue and 2009–2010 exhibition Object & Image: Man Ray, African Art, & the Modernist Lens at the Phillips Collection; the University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville; and the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia. The exhibition examines the pivotal role that photographs of African art by Man Ray and others played in the American and European perception and collecting of African objects, as well as their incorporation into modern art.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the 2010 exhibition Moholy-Nagy: An Education of the Senses at the Loyola University Museum of Art. The exhibition aims to bring to life the art and ideas of Lazlo Moholy-Nagy.

(Paris, France)

To support the exhibition catalogue and 2009 exhibition Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, which follows Calder’s progression from painter to sculptor during the crucial years he spent in Paris from 1926 to 1933.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the 2009 Chicago presentation of the exhibition Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition explores the career of R. Buckminster Fuller and his contributions to the visual arts and architecture. The MCA presentation will also highlight Fuller’s substantial ties to Chicago and Illinois.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the catalogue and the 2009–2010 exhibition Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago. Drawn entirely from Chicago-area public and private collections, the exhibition will trace the English Arts and Crafts Movement and its subsequent impact on American Arts and Crafts practitioners.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the online publication and 2009 exhibition Your Pal, Cliff: Selections from the H. C. Westermann Study Collection, which focuses on the art and life of American artist H. C. Westermann. It will draw on the museum’s extensive holdings of Westermann material, donated by the artist’s family and associates.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the catalogue and 2009 exhibition Back to the Future, which will include work by Alfred Jensen, Charmion von Wiegand, and Simon Gouverneur whose abstract art developed from strong spiritual convictions.

Academic and Public Programs:

(Evanston, Illinois)

To support a new Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in 1600–1950 American Art History in the Department of Art History. The fellowship will begin during the 2010–2011 academic year.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the new Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in pre–1945 American Art History in the Department of Art History. The fellowship will begin during the 2010–2011 academic year.

(New York, New York)

To support 2010 and 2014 Distinguished Scholar Sessions at the 2010 and 2014 Annual Conferences, both of which will take place in Chicago. The purpose of the sessions is to celebrate the contributions of distinguished scholars and curators of American art through panels that will bring together an honoree and five participants.

(Salem, Massachusetts)

To support the March 2010 scholarly symposium “Visual Culture and Global Trade in the Early American Republic.” This symposium will examine early American visual arts in the context of global trade, particularly that with China and the East Indies.

(London, United Kingdom)

To support the October 15–17, 2009, international, scholarly symposium “Transatlantic Romanticism,” which will be hosted by three partnering institutions: the Royal Academy of Art, the Paul Mellon Center for British Art, and University College London. Its aim is to rethink romanticism in the American visual arts within a transatlantic framework, integrating economic relations and the political conflicts and rivalries of the period.

(Paris, France)

To support the La Fayette Database of American Art, which catalogues works of American art produced between 1680 and 1940 in French public collections and is accessible through the Musée du Louvre’s Web site ( The La Fayette Database was created in 2006 through grants from both the Terra Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation.

(Washington, D.C.)

To support the new Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize, which will recognize excellent scholarship by a non-American in the field of historical American art. The annual prize will be awarded based on quality, new scholarship, and original perspectives.

(Glasgow, Scotland)

To support the investigation of the National Inventory Research Project, Department of History of Art, University of Glasgow, into the creation of an online database of historical American art in British public collections similar to the Musée du Louvre’s La Fayette Database of American Art.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support (2) talks included in the 2009–2010 Anchor Graphics @ Columbia College lecture series, “Scraping the Surface,” which explores the history and practice of printmaking and American visual culture.

Chicago K–12 Education Programs:

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the 2009 “American Art Partners” program, a 5-day institute for Chicago Public Schools teachers, which introduces them to American art in the Art Institute of Chicago and Terra Foundation collections and ideas for incorporating American art in the school curriculum, as well as (3) artist residencies in classrooms of participating teachers during the 2009–2010 school year.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the fourth year of “American Art in Classroom Teaching,” a professional-development and curriculum-development program for K–8 teachers, which is part of a larger initiative, “Every Art, Every Child (EAEC).” Lessons on American art developed through “American Art in Classroom Teaching” will be incorporated into the EAEC curriculum resource.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support (3) summer 2009 teacher courses that will blend American art history and art making. Participants will develop studio projects that can be replicated in the classroom, which will be inspired and informed by American art holdings at the Art Institute of Chicago.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support a fall 2009 professional-development workshop for teachers, “Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Chicago Legacy,” and (2) field-trip programs, “Picturing America,” which highlights local examples of work by artists featured in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Picturing America” poster collection; and “Art in Architecture,” through which students explore interrelationships between art and architecture in Chicago buildings.

Terra Foundation Initiatives:

(Giverny, France)

To support the Terra Summer Residency, which has been cited as one of the most transformative elements in the current shaping of American art studies as an international field. The program enables doctoral students in American art and visual culture to pursue individual research and intellectual exchange with artists and prominent art historians while in residence in Giverny, France, for 8 weeks during the summer.

(Chicago, Illinois)

To support the Terra Teacher Lab, a year-long professional-development program designed for social-studies, art, and language-arts teachers and school librarians in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. The Teacher Lab introduces teachers to American art and supports them as they develop innovative ways to use American art to bring their curriculum to life. The program is distinguished in the depth and breadth of instruction it provides and the degree of follow-up with participants.

(Tokyo, Japan)

To support the catalogue and 2010–2011 exhibition Monet and the American Artists of Giverny (working title), co-organized by the Bunkamura Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation for American Art, which will travel to three venues in Japan. The exhibition will introduce Japanese audiences to numerous American artists who lived and worked in the Normandy village of Giverny, where Claude Monet made his home.


To support the Terra Research and Travel Grants, which are awarded to (6) European scholars studying American art and culture at the doctoral and post-doctoral level. These grants support short-term travel, giving doctoral students and junior researchers the opportunity to consult resources which are only available in the United States. The fellowships are offered through partnering institutions in France (Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art, Paris), Germany (John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin in partnership with Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich) and Great Britain (Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

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