Established in 1978 and headquartered in Chicago, with an office in Paris, 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. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates with individuals, organizations, and communities to advance expansive understandings of American art.
The Terra Foundation Paris Center is dedicated to serving a growing international community of scholars and curators, as well as the interested public. It serves as the hub of the foundation’s European activities, providing a forum on the art and visual culture of the United States through academic programs and fellowships, exhibitions and institutional partnerships, publication programs, and Europe’s only research library devoted exclusively to the art of the United States, the Terra Foundation Library of American Art.
The foundation’s properties in Giverny, France, host the Terra Summer Residency, the foundation’s oldest grant program established in 2001. This international residency program invites artists and scholars to undertake independent work and research, to exchange through seminars, and to benefit from mentoring by senior scholars and artists, fostering reflection and debate.
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