Terra Foundation for American Art

Charles Demuth. Welcome to our city. 1921. Oil on canvas. Image and data from The Terra Foundation for American Art

The Terra Foundation for American Art has contributed approximately 750 images to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection is characterized by highlights from the Foundation -- paintings, works on paper and sculpture.

The Terra Foundation for American Art was established by businessman, art collector, and United States Ambassador-at-Large for Cultural Affairs Daniel J. Terra (1911–1996). The collection which spans the colonial era through 1945, includes more than 700 works by celebrated artists like George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, John Singleton Copley, Stuart Davis, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Maurice and Charles Prendergast, James McNeill Whistler, and others. A particular strength is American Impressionism and its connection to the Giverny artists' colony.

The Foundation provides opportunities for interaction with works in its collection by lending objects to national and international exhibitions that advance American art scholarship and through a multi-year loan to the Art Institute of Chicago's expanded American Galleries. Through grants and initiatives the Foundation has made it a priority to bring American art, interpretation, and research resources to Chicago and around the world, and remains committed to supporting projects designed to engage audiences in an enriched dialogue on American art.