Announcements

2018 Newly Elected Members

Five artists, eight writers, and three composers elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The induction ceremony will be held in May 2018.

Billie Tsien Elected President

Architect Billie Tsien was elected president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ms. Tsien, who was inducted into the Academy in 2007, will serve a three-year term from January 2018 to January 2021.

Composer Anna Weesner wins Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music

Anna Weesner has won the Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music of $40,000. The award, endowed by the Virgil Thomson Foundation and administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recognizes an American composer of vocal works.

2018 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts

Paintings, sculptures, video, film, and works on paper by 35 contemporary artists will be exhibited in the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets) from Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Composer Huck Hodge wins $200,000 Charles Ives Living Award

Huck Hodge has won the Charles Ives Living Award and will receive $200,000 over a two-year period beginning in July 2018.

Graham Johnson Awarded Presidential Citation

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded its 2017 Presidential Citation to Graham Johnson, a music teacher at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Manhattan.

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.