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Terra Foundation Offers Funding for American Art Exhibitions

Deadline: March 1, 2012 (Letters of Inquiry)

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.

To be eligible for funding, exhibitions that take place internationally or in Chicago may be 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 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 is also available for exhibitions that include objects from the Terra Foundation’s collection of American art.

The foundation does not accept proposals for acquisitions or capital expenditures, exhibitions and programs focused on art made after 1980, exhibitions primarily comprised of private or commercial collections, online exhibitions, permanent collection installations, or exhibitions focused on architecture, conservation, or film.

The foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Grants are not made to individuals.

Visit the Terra Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and information on previously awarded grants.

Link to Complete RFP

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