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Exhibition Competition

The American Art Program supports scholarly loan exhibitions that contribute significantly to the study and understanding of art of the United States, including all facets of Native American art. The loan exhibition grants advance the Program’s efforts to empower art museums to reconsider accepted histories, foreground the voices and experiences of underrepresented artists and cultures, and welcome diverse collaborators and communities into dialogue.

Proposals for loan exhibitions are considered in a single cycle each year. The entrants are judged as a pool over the course of three stages of review. An external panel of advisors, including academic art historians and curators, participates in the advanced stages of the competition. Winning proposals are distinguished by the cultural significance of the art, and the intellectual rigor and originality of the exhibition’s conceptual framework. Institutional capacity and feasibility of project plans are also considered. See recently funded exhibitions.

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.

Support for Individuals

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. Administered by the American Council of Learned Societies on behalf of the Luce Foundation, the program provides stipends as well as travel and research funds.

Graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States are eligible to apply. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost.

Full eligibility guidelines and application requirements can be found on the ACLS website.

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