Terra Foundation for American Art
The Terra Foundation for American Art 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. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.
Founded in 2001, the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American Art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in the historic village of Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate. The Terra Summer Residency provides an opportunity for participants to widen their academic and creative horizons, explore international cultural perspectives, and forge lifelong exchanges and professional networks.
Residency fellows are expected to attend 1-2 programmed seminars per week. Fellows also give a presentation of their work at the beginning of the residency and at the end of the residency. During the final presentation, fellows are expected to show the work produced during the course of the residency, by way of a talk or an exhibition.
Each fellow has their own studio. They are relatively small. There are also two other studio spaces that can be shared.
Fellows are lodged in two of the Foundations' houses in the village. The majority of the bedrooms are single, although there are also double bedrooms. Fellows share the kitchens, dinig areas, workrooms, bathrooms.
Residency participants may have books from the Terra Foundation Library Collection brought to Giverny for their use dureing their stay. Printers, scanners and a basic tool kit are at their disposal.