The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of the country’s 250 leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Each year it elects new members as vacancies occur, administers over 70 awards and prizes, exhibits art and manuscripts, funds performances of new works of musical theater, and purchases artwork for donation to museums across the United States.

Newly Elected Members


Recent Announcements

Cody Upton Appointed Executive Director

Cody Upton has been appointed Executive Director of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, beginning July 1, 2017. He will succeed Virginia Dajani, who is retiring after 27 years. Upton will be the fifth Executive Director in the Academy’s 119-year history.

Joyce Carol Oates Delivers the 2017 Blashfield Address

The 2017 Blashfield Address, entitled "The Wounded Deer Leaps Highest: Motives for Metaphor," was delivered by Joyce Carol Oates on May 17, 2017, at the Academy's annual Ceremonial.