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The American Art Program focuses on American fine and decorative art, and is committed to scholarship and the overall enhancement of American art history. The program supports exhibitions, publications and research that emphasize an aesthetic approach to American art, specifically scholarly study of painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photography, and architecture.

The program is primarily national in scope and provides support for all periods and genres of American art history. The program does not support projects that are predominantly historical, social, documentary, technological, or that concern private collections. The program is limited to the visual arts, but does not include grants for film or broadcast media. Proposals are not accepted from individuals.

A leader in American art funding for more than thirty years, the program has surpassed the $150 million level in grantmaking. Scholarly studies and enhanced awareness of American art have been supported at some 250 museums, universities, and service organizations in forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and internationally.

The American Art Program support projects in three grant categories: the Luce Fund in American Art, responsive grants, and dissertation awards.

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Program Director: Ms. Ellen HoltzmanPrior to joining the Luce Foundation, Ellen was managing director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, assistant director of the Queens Museum of Art, and assistant manager of public programs at the Brooklyn Museum. Her extensive background in art and art history includes a B.A. from George Washington University and M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Program Assistant: Ms. Lorraine Morales
Lorraine joined the foundation in 1999. She came to the foundation with experience as an executive assistant in the fashion, decorative home furnishings, investment and human resource recruiting industries.



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"Self Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum" begins its national tour this fall! Read more about the 75th anniversary grant supporting this exhibition here.