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A talk about Thomas Eakinsâs Gross Clinic in the American Art galleries
A talk about Thomas Eakins’s Gross Clinic in the American Art galleries

American Art Project Grants

The Center for American Art offers grant opportunities for projects that enhance the national discourse on American art. Typical grants are between $2,000 and $10,000.

Eligible Projects

To be considered for a grant, your project should engage the artistic and cultural heritage of American visual art, from colonial times to the present, in any medium. Grant preference is given to work or topics from the greater Philadelphia region, or projects that illuminate the art of the region in national or international cultural contexts. Applicants are encouraged to partner with the Museum’s staff in planning and presenting their programs.

Eligible programs include educational activities (lectures, symposia, workshops, tours, etc.), research projects, and publications aimed at diverse audiences, from scholars to schoolchildren. (See list of recent programs below.) Conservation projects, building renovations and reinstallations, and exhibitions or publications focusing on a single contemporary artist are not within the scope of these grants. Grant recipients are expected to acknowledge the “Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art” in materials related to the funded project.

Recent programs supported by the Center for American Art >>
​Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art unless noted otherwise

  • Lenders’ Day and Scholars’ Day, offered in conjunction with American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
  • Watercolor Salons, offered in in conjunction with American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent
    • “Women and Watercolor” with artist Eileen Goodman and Kathleen A. Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, and Director, Center for American Art
    • “Pigment and Paper” with conservator Scott Homolka and Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation Rebecca Pollak
    • “Philadelphia Illustrators” with artist Jerry Pinkney and Barra Foundation Fellow Laura Fravel
  • Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
  • “Objects of Study: Paper, Ink, and the Material Turn” symposium, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation



How to Apply

To apply, mail or email the following by March 1, 2018*:

  • A letter of proposal outlining the goals and activities of the project
  • A budget detailing the overall expenses as well as the component that might be supported by a grant

​* March 1, 2018, is the submission deadline for projects that fall within the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2018.

Mail submissions to:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Center for American Art
PO Box 7646 Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646

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