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.

2019 Newly Elected Members Announced

Meredith Monk to be interviewed by Randy Cohen in Academy Library on December 13, 2019

Recent Announcements

Lee Bontecou, Thelma Golden, and Toni Morrison receive highest honors

Lee Bontecou and Toni Morrison will receive Gold Medals in Sculpture and Fiction, respectively. Thelma Golden will receive the 2019 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts.

2019 Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards

Paintings, works on paper, photographs, video, sketchbooks, architectural models, renderings, and original manuscripts will be on view from May 23 through June 16 at the Academy galleries.