Recently Awarded Exhibitions


The following institutions received grants through the American Art Program's annual exhibition competition. Participating venues for each exhibition are listed below.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
($150,000 grant awarded in 2020)
Carlos Villa: Roots, Ritual and Action


Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA
($75,000 grant awarded in 2020)
Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature


Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
($100,000 grant awarded in 2020)
Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938–1945


Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
($150,000 grant awarded in 2020)
Andrea Bowers


The Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
($100,000 grant awarded in 2020)
Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight


The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA
($100,000 grant awarded in 2020)
Sargent Claude Johnson


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
($150,000 grant awarded in 2020)
Southern Make: The Enslaved Potters of Edgefield, South Carolina


Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
($100,000 grant awarded in 2020)
No Man's Land: The Women of Land Art


Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
($100,000 grant awarded in 2020)
David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History


Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
($250,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Joan Mitchell: Fierce Beauty


Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
($100,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Lorraine O'Grady: Both/And


Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
($200,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Alma W. Thomas: A Creative Life


Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA
($100,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Deana Lawson


Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
($100,000 grant awarded in 2019)
A Question of Emphasis: Louise Fishman Drawing


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
($200,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Scandinavian Design and the United States


National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
($200,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World


New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
($100,000 grant awarded in 2019)
John Quidor: New York Stories


Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY
($100,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Cross Pollination: Martin Johnson Heade's Hummingbirds and Habitats


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
($100,000 grant awarded in 2019)
The Dirty South: The Southern Impulse in Art, Material and Sonic Culture


The Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA
($75,000 grant awarded in 2019)
Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee


The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
($75,000 grant awarded in 2018)
Sanford Biggers: Code-Switch


deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
($150,000 grant awarded in 2018)
Visionary New England


Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
($200,000 grant awarded in 2018)
The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art


Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
($200,000 grant awarded in 2018)
Americans in Spain


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
($100,000 grant awarded in 2018)
Pattern and Decoration


National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY
($200,000 grant awarded in 2018)
The Oscar Howe Project


New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
($100,000 grant awarded in 2018)
Winold Reiss in New York


Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
($200,000 grant awarded in 2018)
American Cosmos: The Influence of Alexander von Humboldt on American Art and Culture


Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC
($125,000 grant awarded in 2018)
Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
($250,000 grant awarded in 2018)
The Impact of Mexican Muralists on Artists in the United States, 1920-1950


Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
($200,000 grant awarded in 2017)
The Expressive Figure in the American Renaissance, 1876-1917