Terra Foundation for American Art: Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants program, which will provide grants of up to $25,000 in support of in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980) and take place in Chicago, the United States, or outside the U.S. with at least one-third of participants coming from outside the United States.

In addition, the foundation invites applications for international research groups that should involve two to four faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person at least twice.

Arts media that are eligible for Terra Foundation Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture and commercial film/animation. The foundation prioritizes programs that place objects and practices in an art historical perspective.

Applicants must be institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. For consideration, at least one-third of the program must focus on pre-1980 art of the United States, and award level may be commensurate with the degree of focus. The Terra Foundation prefers not to be the sole contributor to an event, and no more than 15 percent of a Terra Foundation grant may be applied to indirect costs.

The December 3 deadline is for programs taking place after September 1, 2022. Letters of Inquiry are due December 3, 2021, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by February 15, 2022.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.