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

Lynn Nottage, 2017 Award of Merit Medal for Drama

2017 Literature Award Winners

19 writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry receive 2017 awards in literature, totaling $265,000.

2017 Art Award Winners

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the nine artists who will receive its 2017 awards in art. The art prizes and purchases, totaling over $250,000, honor both established and emerging artists.