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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 $160 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: Dr. Teresa A. CarboneTeresa Carbone worked as a curator at the Brooklyn Museum from 1985 to 2015, overseeing the American Art collections from 2005 as Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. As principal author of the two-volume American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876, she was awarded the College Art Association’s 2006 Alfred H. Barr Prize. She served as project director for the innovative permanent installation American Identities: A New Look (2001). Her curatorial projects have included the exhibitions Eastman Johnson: Painting America (1999); Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties (2011); John Singer Sargent Watercolors (2013); and Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2014). In 2014, she was the recipient of the prestigious Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art, presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art.

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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