Chicago's Terra Foundation for the Arts will collaborate with the Louvre Museum in Paris on an exhibition to be presented at the Louvre in summer 2006.

The exhibition will explore the role the Louvre has played in the development of American art for nearly two centuries, during which American artists studied and copied works in the museum's galleries.

The Terra Foundation will lend works by Thomas Hart Benton, John La Farge, Childe Hassam and Samuel F. B. Morse. Among them is a piece central to the theme of the show, Morse's 1833 "Gallery of the Louvre," which will be featured in an installation by Terra curator Elizabeth Kennedy in the Louvre's Salon Carre, the gallery pictured in the painting.

The unnamed exhibition, which will be presented in two parts, will run from June through September of 2006. The Terra's Musee d'Art Americain Giverny will present programs linked to the exhibition.

The Terra Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation also will provide two one-year fellowships to students, one American and one French, to inventory American art in French public collections.

The Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago will close its doors Oct. 31.