Announcements

2019 Art Award Winners

Twenty-six artists receive awards and purchase prizes totaling over $250,000.

2019 Literature Award Winners

Seventeen writers will receive the Academy’s 2019 awards in literature.

2019 Newly Elected Members

In mid-May, Lorrie Moore, secretary, will induct eleven members into the 250-person organization and Billie Tsien, president, will induct five foreign honorary members.

An Afternoon of Music and Art

Ensemble Échappé will play contemporary classical works by Kathryn Alexander, Andrew Rudin, Christopher Theofanidis, and Scott Wheeler on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3 p.m.

2019 Music Award Winners

Sixteen recipients receive this year’s awards in music, which total $195,000.

Two Musicals Win 2019 Richard Rodgers Awards

Bhangin’ it and The Lucky Ones have won the 2019 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater.

2019 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts

Paintings, sculptures, video, photographs, and works on paper by 32 contemporary artists will be exhibited from Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Gerry Irizarry Awarded Presidential Citation

The Academy has awarded its 2018 Presidential Citation to Gerry Irizarry, a design teacher at Urban Assembly Maker Academy in Manhattan.

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.  

Academy Statement on Sexual Misconduct

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

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.

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.