Terra Museum of American Art

Chicago, IL



Terra Museum of American Art was founded in Evanston, Illinois in 1980 by the late Daniel J. Terra, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Cultural Affairs, a successful businessman and an avid collector of American art. The museum ceased operations in October 2004.

In 1992 Ambassador Terra opened a second institution, the Musée d'Art Américain Giverny in France, home to a colony of American artists who had come to work in the village where Monet had moved his studio in 1883.

In a November 2011, TFAO received a news release explaining recent activities of the Terra Foundation for American Art, also founded by Mr. Terra, saying: "Established in 1978, the Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States. With financial resources of more than $250 million, an exceptional collection of American art from the colonial era to 1945, and an expansive grant program, it is one of the leading foundations focused on American art, and devotes approximately $12 million annually in support of American art exhibitions, projects, and research worldwide."

The Terra Foundation for American Art presents an 2003 online video titled VTS: A Tool for Building Visual Literacy, Language Skills, and Critical Thinking. According to the web page for the video, "In this video, art educator Philip Yenawine demonstrates the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to a group of educators participating in a 2003 workshop at the Terra Museum of American Art... [It] documents Yenawine facilitating a VTS discussion about a painting in the Terra Foundation for American Art collection, Gallery of the Louvre by Samuel F.B. Morse."

Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) located the following brochures, catalogues and gallery guides published on paper in connection with the Museum and with a topic of American representational art. The list may not include all relevant publications. Titles are listed by date of publication, with most recent listed first. Information on publications may be in error or incomplete. Titles may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using TFAO's website.

N.C. Wyth and His Grandson: a legacy, by Stephen May, 1997 - 8 pages

Two Centuries of American Folk Painting: exhibition February 10-April 21, 1985, by Robert Charles Bishop, 1985, 6 pages

Monotypes by Maurice Prendergast in the Terra Museum of American Art, By Cecily Langdale, 1984, 159 pages. Original from: the University of Michigan, Digitized Nov 14, 2007. ISBN 0932171001, 9780932171009

Two Hundred Years of American Painting: from Private Chicago Collections : [exhibition] June 25 - September 2, 1983, 48 pages

American Super Realism: from the Morton G Neumann Family Collection : [exhibition] November 4 - December 7, 1983, By Linda Chase, 1983, 48 pages

American Naive Paintings: from the National Gallery of Art December 19, 1981-March 14, 1982, by Ronald McKnight Melvin, 32 pages

Five American Masters of Watercolor: Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast, John Marin, Charles Burchfield : [exhibition] May 5 - July 12, 1981, 1981, 32 pages


Book information courtesy of Google Books and Terra Foundation for American Art. This is not a complete list.

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