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A talk about Thomas Eakins’s 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

2018
  • “Continuing Curiosity: The Art of the Peales” gallery conversations and symposium, offered in conjunction with The Art of the Peales installation and publication
  • “Paul Cret and Modern Classicism” symposium, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Modern Times Scholars’ Day, offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
  • “Art Splash: Bright Lights, Little City,” offered in conjunction with Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950
  • “William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture: A Symposium Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Visual Culture Program,” Library Company of Philadelphia

2017
  • 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
  • “The Art of Revolutions” conference hosted by the American Philosophical Society and co-sponsored by the Museum of the American Revolution and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

2016

2015

How to Apply

To apply, mail or email the following by March 1, 2019*:

  • 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, 2019, is the submission deadline for projects that fall within the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2019.

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

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