Terra Foundation for American Art: Grants for Arts and Humanities

OVERVIEW: The Terra Foundation for American Art awards research grants for institutions and scholars that work on any aspect of American art or culture

IP TAKE: Eligible candidates must be U.S. based doctoral students, postdoctoral students, and senior scholars. The foundation restricts its support to academics and institutions based in the United States.

PROFILE Art collector and former Ambassador-at-large for Cultural Affairs Daniel Terra established the Terra Foundation for American Art in 1978. The Foundation is “[d]edicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences.” Terra supports exhibitions, academic programs, and research projects, and K-12 funding in the United States and abroad.

Terra supports academic writing and research primarily through its Publications Program, which offers support for both postdocs and more senior scholars. In addition, the foundation offers International Research Travel Grants to U.S.-based scholars who need to conduct research abroad that focuses on American art and visual culture prior to 1980. Grants support the discovery of new primary source information, exploring collections first hand, cultivating contacts with artists, curators, critics, dealers, and university scholars, consulting archives located outside of the U.S., and to establish professional networks. 

Terra awards grants of up to $6,000 to doctoral students and up to $9,000 for postdoctoral and senior scholars. Grantees include Nisa Ari of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who received a grant for her work Cultural Mandates: Art and Political Parity in Early Twentieth Century Palestine; and Julia Neal of the University of Texas at Austin, who received a grant for her work, Who Taught You To Think (Like That): Benjamin Patterson’s Conceptual Aesthetic. To learn more about Terra’s grantees, explore its grants awarded page.

The Terra Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications, beginning with a letter of inquiry (LOI). Applicants must submit LOIs via the foundation’s online inquiry system

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