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 nonprofit 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.
2019 Grant Recipients:
Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY – Godzilla vs. The Art World: 1990-2001
April 23, 2020 – September 13, 2020
The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK – Interesting Times: The Art of Honoré Daumier
July 11, 2020 - August 30, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH – F as in Frank
September 24, 2020 - January 24, 2021