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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. The ADAA Foundation expanded its program of yearly grants, both in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to address issues of Diversity, Access, Equity, and Representation specific to our field. In addition to funding research and development of new exhibitions, the Foundation’s scope includes support of both in-person and online educational programming and community engagement initiatives.

Below is a list of ADAA Foundation grant recipients with upcoming exhibitions.

2020 Grant Recipients:

Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX  – Making Home: Artists on Immigration
Spring 2022

Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL  – Place and Purpose: Art Transformation in Coconut Grove, 1963-1989 
May 29 - September 19, 2021

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), Los Angeles, CA  – Witch Hunt
October 9, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL  – Digital Field Trips
September 2020 - December 2022

The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY  – Digitization of The Rockwell Museum's School Tour Programs

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ  – American Stories: Celebrating Jersey City
September 2022

2019 Grant Recipients:

Museum of Chinese in America, New York, NY  – Responses: Asian American Voices of Resistance During the Pandemic 
July 15 - September 19, 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

2017 Grant Recipients:

Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, IN  Swing Landscape: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural 
February 5, 2022

Foundation Board

James Cohan, President - James Cohan
Dianne Dec - Hosfelt Galery
Alexander Gray - Alexander Gray Associates
Miles McEnery - Miles McEnery Gallery
Jill Newhouse - Jill Newhouse Gallery