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American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. Through American Masterpieces, the National Endowment for the Arts will sponsor performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational programs across all art forms that will reach large and small communities in all 50 states. The Visual Arts Touring part of the initiative will explore the evolution of the visual arts in the United States. Through the creation and touring of major exhibitions, art of the highest quality that otherwise would not be available will be brought to communities across the nation.

Exhibitions may focus on schools, movements, traditions, and themes that include but are not limited to: the Hudson River school, American impressionism, Native American art, American masterworks from unique collections, aspects of American art post-1945 to the present, art of the WPA, Latino art, the portrait in America, American naïve art, African American art, American photographers and photography, American decorative arts, and the art of the American West.

Exhibitions must be:

  • Scaled to the size and needs of small and mid-sized exhibiting institutions;
  • Accompanied by related educational and interpretive components including brochures and catalogues. Educational material for children and youth must be consistent with national, state, or local arts education standards;
  • Shown for a period of 8-12 weeks at 2-5 venues which may include the organizing institution. The number of venues should be appropriate to the nature of the works on view.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 5:00 pm Friday, November 4, 2005. Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages and should 1) outline the proposed activities and budget, and 2) speak to the evaluation criteria of artistic excellence and artistic merit.


The Arts Endowment anticipates awarding fewer than 10 grants, generally ranging from $30,000 to $300,000. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1.

MU Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2005 (letter of intent)
Sponsor Deadline:

November 14, 2005

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in humanities disciplines.  Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

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