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The Henry Luce Foundation’s 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. Institutions seeking funding for loan exhibitions must first submit a letter of interest, due on April 1st. Of those submitting letters of interest, approximately thirty institutions are invited to submit full proposals, due June 1st. An external panel of advisors, including academic art historians, curators, and art journalists, participates in the final stages of the competition, reviewing all of the proposals. Awards are announced in November.

Eligible projects may address any time period and/or medium, excepting performance art and the work of emerging artists, and must result in substantial exhibitions and accompanying publications. Proposals will be judged on the aesthetic and historical merit of the art under consideration, as well as on the intellectual rigor and originality of the exhibition’s conceptual framework. Competitive projects will be concertedly focused on original art objects of distinct quality.

Letters of inquiry should be addressed to Teresa A. Carbone, Program Director for American Art. They should outline as clearly as possible the scope, content, and goals of the exhibition. Letters should identify project leaders and catalogue contributors, as well as secured or anticipated venues.

Please take a moment to note the following restrictions:

  • Letters of interest must be submitted by the originating institution, rather than by a participating-venue institution. (Letters are not accepted from individuals.)
  • Non-U.S. museums must be able to provide documentation of 501c3 equivalency.
  • The organizing institution’s permanent collection should not constitute more than half of the exhibition checklist.
  • A single, privately-held collection should constitute no more than half of the exhibition checklist.
  • The proposed exhibition should not open within the calendar year of the annual exhibition review to which it has been submitted, or before March of the following year.

The American Art Program welcomes your letter. Should you have questions in advance of submitting it, you may e-mail them to

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