American Art

American Art

Program Aims

A leader in arts funding in the United States, the American Art Program was established in 1982 to support museums, universities, and arts organizations in their efforts to advance the understanding and experience of American and Native American visual arts through research, exhibitions, publications, and collection projects.

The American Art Program supports projects in three grant categories. Through an annual exhibition competition, the Program offers significant support for ten or more loan exhibitions that exemplify the highest standards of scholarship and museum expertise in the field. The largest measure of the Program’s funds are awarded through Responsive Grants to museums to encourage and facilitate both internal and outward-facing projects based in permanent collections. Finally, support for scholarly training in Art History is offered through the annual awarding of ten dissertation fellowships to doctoral candidates at colleges and universities in the United States.

Recent Grants

Sanford Biggers: Code-Switch
Bronx Museum of the Arts|Bronx, New York, United States
Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, SITES|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2018American Art$125,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Visionary New England
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum|Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States
2018American Art$150,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
American Cosmos: The Influence of Alexander von Humboldt on American Art and Culture
Smithsonian American Art Museum|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2018American Art$200,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Beauford Delaney: Through the Unusual Door
Knoxville Museum of Art|Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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Recently Awarded Exhibitions

The annual exhibition competition supports exhibitions on American art across time periods and media.

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Program Administrators

Program Director: Dr. Teresa A. Carbone

Terry previously worked as a curator at the Brooklyn Museum from 1985 to 2015, overseeing the American Art collections from 2005 to 2015 as Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. She was principal author of American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876, winner of the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr Prize, and project director for the innovative collection installation American Identities: A New Look (2001). Terry’s curatorial projects included the exhibitions Eastman Johnson: Painting America; Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties; John Singer Sargent Watercolors; and Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. She was the 2014 recipient of the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art, presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art. Terry completed her graduate work at the University of Delaware (M.A.) and the CUNY Graduate Center (Ph.D.).

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.
Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Recent News and Announcements

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March 22, 2019
'A Tale of Two Collections' exhibition opens at the Mississippi Museum of Art
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March 15, 2019
New Exhibition Examines How the Vietnam War Changed American Art
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March 11, 2019
Newark Museum’s Revitalized Galleries Spotlight American Modern and Contemporary Artists
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