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Terra Foundation for American Art

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. The foundation's grant areas are Exhibition, Academic and Public Programs, Chicago K–12 Education, and Publication. Publication grants will provide support for publication projects on historical American art (circa 1500 to 1980) that make a significant contribution to scholarship and have an international dimension. .


Classified as a private operating foundation in 1981 in IL - The Terra Foundation for American Art was established in 1978 by businessman and art collector Daniel J. Terra (1911-1996) who believed that the art of the United States is a dynamic and powerful expression of the nation's history and identity. The governing mission of the foundation remains to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of historical American art through acquisition, exhibition, interpretation, and scholarship.


Terra Foundation for American Art

Independent foundation



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120 E Erie Street Chicago, IL United States 60611

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