American Art

American Art

Program Aims

A leader in art funding since 1982, the Luce Foundation's American Art Program supports innovative museum projects nationwide that advance the role of visual arts of the United States in an open and equitable society, and the potential of museums to serve as forums for art-centered conversations that celebrate creativity, explore difference, and seek common ground. The Foundation aims to empower museums and arts organizations to reconsider accepted histories, foreground the voices and experiences of underrepresented artists and cultures, and welcome diverse collaborators and communities into dialogue.

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 dissertation fellowships to doctoral candidates at colleges and universities in the United States.

Recent Grants

Deborah Roberts and Benny Andrews Exhibition Programming
McNay Art Museum|San Antonio, Texas, United States
For the exhibition and catalogue, A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration
Mississippi Museum of Art|Jackson, Mississippi, United States
2021American Art$200,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
For the exhibition and catalogue, Wangechi Mutu
Storm King Art Center|New Windsor, New York, United States
For the exhibition and catalogue, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Whitney Museum of American Art|New York, New York, United States
2021American Art$150,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
For the exhibition and catalogue, Elizabeth Catlett: A Revolutionary Black Artist and All that It Implies
Brooklyn Museum|Brooklyn, New York, United States
2021American Art$200,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
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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. Jackie Edwards

Jackie Edwards is currently a doctoral student in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Prior to beginning her studies at CUNY, she was Assistant Curator at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX, where she co-curated Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today, which was organized with Luce Foundation support, and other exhibition projects as wide-ranging as Dario Robleto: Ancient Beacons Long for Notice and To See is to Have: Discovering Today's Art Ecosystem. Prior to her tenure at the McNay, she completed an MA in Art History and Criticism at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a BA at Fordham University, where she was an Honors Program double major in Art History and Theology. 

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Recent News and Announcements

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Dec. 14, 2021
$14 Million in New Grants Amplifies Diverse Experiences and Funds Community-Engaged Projects
Foundation News, Grants Announcement
Sept. 7, 2021
Luce Foundation Launches Museum Partners for Social Justice
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Aug. 4, 2021
Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful
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