Exhibition Program

Funding Agency:
Terra Foundation for American Art

Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500–1980). 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 we’re headquartered. “International dimensions” vary by project, but include:

  • A venue outside the United States,
  • A focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art in an international context, and/or
  • An international curatorial team.

Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Exhibition Grants include painting; sculpture; works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs); decorative arts (typically handmade functional objects of high aesthetic quality); design (objects of high aesthetic quality; excludes industrial design); video art; and conceptual art. Excluded are architecture, performance art, and commercial film/animation.

Prospective applicants from Duke University – contact Nancy Hillsman in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0469 or nancy.hillsman@duke.edu

Deadlines for Letters of Inquiry:  Mar. 1, 2019; Aug. 1, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

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

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

External Deadline

August 1, 2019