Paula Kerger Delivers the 2018 Blashfield Address

The 2018 Blashfield Address, entitled “The Ideal of Excellence,” was delivered by Paula Kerger on May 23, 2018, at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial.  Ms. Kerger has been president and CEO of PBS since 2006. Listen to address by clicking below.  

2018 Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards

Works will be on view from May 24 through June 17 at the Academy galleries.

2018 Architecture Award Winners

Smiljan Radic, Brad Cloepfil, MASS Design Group, Cassim Shepard, and William Stout receive awards.

Academy Statement on Sexual Misconduct

A statement from the Board responding to sexual misconduct allegations against members.

2018 Art Award Winners

Twenty-four artists receive awards and purchase prizes.

Two Musicals Win Richard Rodgers Awards

Gun & Powder and KPOP have won the 2018 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater.

Thomas Pynchon Wins Inaugural Christopher Lightfoot Walker Award

The $100,000 award recognizes a writer of distinction who has made a significant contribution to American literature.

2018 Literature Award Winners

Fifteen established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry receive awards totaling $185,000.

2018 Music Award Winners

Eighteen composers receive awards totaling $225,000.

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.

An Afternoon of Music and Art

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 3 p.m., Ensemble Échappé will play contemporary classical works by the winners of the 2017 Arts and Letters Awards in Music in the Academy’s Library. A reception will then follow in the galleries where the 2018 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, with works by 35 contemporary artists, will be on view.

Composer Anna Weesner wins Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music

The $40,000 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.