ADAA Foundation

The ADAA Foundation, a distinct but connected entity to the ADAA, was established in 1970 to encourage and promote the appreciation of art and art history through its support of vital scholarship and curatorial research. Generously funded by donations from ADAA member galleries, the Foundation has distributed grants to museums, archives, and arts organizations around the country to advance art historical research and exhibition development. The Foundation was also used to establish the ADAA Relief Fund to ensure that galleries and non-profit art institutions affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 would be able to recover and remain in business.

Following the Foundation’s recent sale of Alexander Calder’s The Clove, which was gifted to the Foundation upon its inception, the grants program was expanded to focus on the nation’s art museum community. Art museums from around the country with annual operating budgets under five million dollars were invited to apply for grants to advance the development of new exhibitions and research.

2018 Grant Recipients:

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) – Stateless: Views of Global Migration
Opening January 24, 2019 – March 31, 2019

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian – Humor and Satire in Native American Arts, 1930 to the Present
Opening November 2019

Knoxville Museum of Art – Beauford Delaney: Through the Unusual Door
Opening February 7, 2020 – May 10, 2020

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts – Joshua Johnson: Portraitist of Early American Baltimore
Opening July 11, 2020 – October 25, 2020