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Exhibition Competition

The American Art Program supports scholarly loan exhibitions that significantly advance the study and understanding of art of the United States, including all facets of Native American art.

Proposals for loan exhibitions are considered once each year, and grants are awarded on a competitive basis. An external panel of advisors, including academic art historians, curators, and art journalists, participates in the final stages of the competition. They are selected for the aesthetic and historical merit of the art as well as on the intellectual rigor and originality of the exhibition’s conceptual framework.

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Responsive Grants

Through its Responsive Grants, the American Art Program seeks to support a wide range of collection-based projects that advance the understanding and presentation of art of the United States. Eligible collection areas include paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts, naïve and outsider art, traditional and studio crafts, architecture, design, and all aspects of Native American arts.

Dissertation Fellowships

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. The fellowship program is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies on behalf of the Luce Foundation.

See Dissertation Fellowship Program details

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Recent News and Announcements

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Aug. 7, 2019
The Maritime Museum Pivoting to High Art
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July 31, 2019
Rarely Seen Thomas Moran, Native American Art to Be Displayed
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July 22, 2019
Smithsonian Restores Whistler's "Peacock Room" to Its Original Glory
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