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The Art Institute of Chicago and the Terra Foundation for American Art
The Art Institute’s galleries of American art display the history of creative achievement in painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the colonial era through the 1950s. The presentation is enriched by the collaboration between the museum and the Terra Foundation for American Art: a significant number of paintings on loan from the foundation can be seen in the first- and second-floor galleries. The foundation also supports educational programs and other activities that amplify the presence of American art across the museum.
A businessman, art collector, and United States ambassador-at-large for cultural affairs, Daniel J. Terra (1911–1996) established the foundation in 1978. The Terra Museum of American Art, first in Evanston and later in Chicago, provided public access to his collection from 1980 to 2004. In 1992 Terra opened a museum in Giverny, France, which since 2009 has operated as the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, focusing on international Impressionism.
Today, from its offices in Chicago and Paris, the foundation runs a dynamic international grants program and utilizes its collection as a “museum without walls,” working in collaboration with major institutional partners worldwide. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Terra Foundation is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of American art for audiences across the globe.