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American Art

A leader in arts funding in the United States, the American Art Program was established in 1982 to support universities, museums and arts organizations in their efforts to advance the understanding and experience of American and Native American visual arts through research, exhibitions, publications, and collection projects.

The largest measure of the Program’s funds are awarded through Responsive Grants to museums to encourage and facilitate both scholarly and outward-facing work with their permanent collections.

Through an annual exhibition competition, which extends from April through November, the Program offers significant support to ten or more loan exhibitions that exemplify the highest standards of scholarship and museum expertise in the field.

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.

As of 2017, the American Art Program has distributed over $172 million to some 428 museums, universities, and organizations in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and internationally.

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Program Director: Dr. Teresa A. CarboneTeresa Carbone worked as a curator at the Brooklyn Museum from 1985 to 2015, overseeing the American Art collections from 2005 as Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art. As principal author of the two-volume American Paintings in the Brooklyn Museum: Artists Born by 1876, she was awarded the College Art Association’s 2006 Alfred H. Barr Prize. She served as project director for the innovative permanent installation American Identities: A New Look (2001). Her curatorial projects have included the exhibitions Eastman Johnson: Painting America (1999); Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties (2011); John Singer Sargent Watercolors (2013); and Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2014). In 2014, she was the recipient of the prestigious Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art, presented by the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art.

Program Assistant: Ms. Lorraine Morales
Lorraine joined the foundation in 1999. She came to the foundation with experience as an executive assistant in the fashion, decorative home furnishings, investment and human resource recruiting industries.



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