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Background and Past Winners

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a publisher. The Terra Foundation supports projects that share expansive narratives of American art. Projects should focus primarily on visual art made before 1980.

Due Date

Letters of intent have an annual deadline of September 15.


 Awards of up to $15,000 will be made in three distinct categories:

  • Grants to US publishers
  • Grants to non-US publishers
  • Grants for the translation of books to or from English

The following are not eligible for this grant:  

  • manuscripts that do not engage in a significant way with new and/or expansive narratives of American art 
  • exhibition and collection catalogues
  • catalogues raisonnés
  • non-scholarly manuscripts
  • self-published manuscripts
  • manuscripts on architecture (including urban design and landscape design)
  • manuscripts on popular film or mainstream cinema
  • manuscripts previously submitted for this grant.

Applications are judged in relation to the following: Manuscript excellence and adherence to guidelines is of utmost importance; support of the field and effective dissemination of scholarly works on American art are also primary considerations in making awards. Additionally, from publishers in the United States will be judged in relation to the project’s international dimension. Please review the Application Guidelines for complete instructions.


Eligibility is limited to book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a nonprofit or commercial publisher. In particular circumstances involving non-US publishers, projects being considered for publication may also apply. Self-published manuscripts are not eligible for this grant.

Manuscripts must adhere to the subject matter of the award for which they are applying (see Application Process, Schedule, and Checklist). Applications must be submitted by the publisher for the US and non-US book grants; publishers and authors/translators can apply for the translation grant.

Scholarly books in print or digital formats from commercial and nonprofit presses are eligible for an award. A press can submit the same manuscript for other awards that CAA administers, but a book that wins one CAA publishing grant may not receive a second grant. A project that has been rejected for a grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant. Publishers are encouraged to submit no more than two books for consideration in any one grant period.

The grants are especially designed to cover image acquisition and translation costs, but may be used to cover any costs related to the publication's editing and production costs. Applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations will be eligible for grants, as would exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables). Reimbursement for permission and reproduction rights as well as translation costs will also be appropriate.


The grant is open to applicants from all nations for translation of a book, published or unpublished, on a topic in American art to English, or from English to another language. For this grant, “American art” is defined as art of what is now the United States and its territories and Native American visual art. Projects should focus primarily on visual art made before 1980. Applications can be submitted by the publisher or author/translator. 

All components (excluding the partial manuscript) must be submitted in English. The publisher submits all components as follows and sends them through the portal. All application components, excluding the sample manuscript, must be submitted in English. For translations, an English title should be provided.


  • Only an Individual CAA Member ID or non-member CAA ID will allow you to sign into the submission forms. If you do not have an ID, please contact our membership department.
  • Institutional Member IDs can not be used to create a submission. 
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  • Make sure to start your application well in advance to avoid last-minute technical issues.


Questions? Please contact Cali Buckley, Content Manager, Education and Intellectual Property, at

This program has been made possible through generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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