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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 nonprofit art institutions affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 would be able to recover and remain in business.

The Foundation’s current grant program supports fine art museums from across the country with operating budgets under five million dollars. Each year, 20 museums throughout the nation are randomly selected to receive an invitation to apply for a grant. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ADAA Foundation has recently expanded its program of yearly grants, distributing funds in support of educational programming and community engagement initiatives, in addition to the research and development of new exhibitions. This year, invited museums are encouraged to submit proposals for online programs as well as in-person events.

2019 Grant Recipients:

Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY – Godzilla vs. The Art World: 1990-2001
April 2021

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK – Interesting Times: The Art of Honoré Daumier
July 3 - August 29, 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH – F as in Frank
October 2021 - March 2022

2018 Grant Recipients:

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College (MoCP), Chicago, IL - Stateless: Views of Global Migration
January 17, 2019 - March 31, 2019

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM - Humor and Satire in Native American Arts, 1930 to the Present
November 10, 2019 - October 4, 2020

Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA), Knoxville, TN - Beauford Delaney: Through the Unusual Door
February 7 - October 25, 2020

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD - Joshua Johnson: Portraitist of Early American Baltimore
April 11 - October 24, 2021

Foundation Board

Michael Findlay, President - Acquavella Galleries, Inc.
James Cohan - James Cohan
Dianne Dec - Hosfelt Galery
Miles McEnery - Miles McEnery Gallery
Jill Newhouse - Jill Newhouse Gallery
Adam Sheffer - Pace Gallery