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Detroit Institute of Arts Receives Grants from Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art - Funds to pay for gallery repairs, exhibition planning

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) was recently awarded two grants in support of the museum’s outstanding American art collection: $190,000 for repair and maintenance of the museum’s American Wing galleries from the Henry Luce Foundation, and $250,000 from the Terra Foundation for American Art to support an exhibition by American artist Frederic Edwin Church, who painted the masterpiece Cotopaxi, a favorite with DIA visitors from around the world.

“We are extremely grateful to both the Luce and Terra foundations,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “They have stepped up during a difficult economic time to assist us in making vital renovations to the infrastructure of our American art galleries and to continue planning an exhibition we expect will be very popular with our visitors.”

Most of The Henry Luce Foundation grant will support replacement of the DIA’s antiquated perimeter heating system in the American wing, but some funds may be used to support the maintenance of the American Galleries including the rotation of light-sensitive materials, the removal and replacement of objects that are being loaned to other institutions, and the display of recent gifts or purchases.

The museum began work on the 1927 building’s perimeter heating system in June, and completed it earlier this month. The project entailed demolition, installation of new pipes and radiators, and wall repairs, which will result in more efficient heating and cooling in the American galleries.

The grant is part of the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Renewal Fund program, developed to respond to the economic downturn and the current need to strengthen American art activities at the nation’s museums.

The Terra Foundation for American Art granted the DIA $250,000 to support the development of an exhibition on the American artist Frederic Edwin Church. The exhibition will examine paintings, drawings, prints and photographs of people and sites in the Holy Land, Greece, Turkey and classical Italy. The grant may be used to support scholarly research and other exhibition-elated costs including shipping, insurance, and exhibition design and implementation. If the DIA secures a European venue for the show, the Terra Foundation for American Art will grant an additional $250,000 to that venue in support of the Church exhibition.
The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in both activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. As the DIA celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2010, it does so with renewed commitment to its visitor-centered experience and to its mission of creating opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.
Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899