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Background and Past Winners

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

We are currently collaborating with the Terra Foundation on new programs and do not have an application cycle this fall 2022. We will update our membership on new opportunities as they become available.


 Awards of up to $15,000 were 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 were 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 were judged in relation to the following: Manuscript excellence and adherence to guidelines was of utmost importance; support of the field and effective dissemination of scholarly works on American art were also primary considerations in making awards. Additionally, from publishers in the United States were judged in relation to the project’s international dimension. Please review the Application Guidelines for complete instructions.


Eligibility was limited to book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects under contract with a nonprofit or commercial publisher. Self-published manuscripts were not eligible for this grant.

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

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

The grants were 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 was 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” was defined as art of the United States and its territories and Native American visual art. Projects should focus primarily on visual art made before 1980. Applications were submitted by the publisher or author/translator. 

All components (excluding the partial manuscript) needed to be submitted in English. The publisher submitted all components as follows and sent them through the portal. All application components, excluding the sample manuscript, needed to be submitted in English. For translations, an English title should have been 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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