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2021 Newly Elected Members

Twenty-nine new members and four honorary members will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its virtual award ceremony on May 19 at 7 p.m. EST.

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Reading of Academy Tributes

The American Academy of Arts and Letters presented a reading of tributes over Zoom on Thursday, November 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. EST. A video recording is now available.

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2020 Literature Award Winners

Leslie Marmon Silko wins the second biennial $100,000 Christopher Lightfoot Walker Award for a significant literary contribution, and eighteen writers receive literature prizes.

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Art Awardee Panel Discussion

Listen to the panel discussion featuring David Cohen of artcritical and art award winners Judith Bernstein, Charlotte de Larminat, Inka Essenhigh, Alain Kirili, and Doron Langberg.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ruth Miller, Pumpkin Still Life in Window, 2016-2017

An Afternoon of Music and Art 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2017 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts

Paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and installations by 35 contemporary artists will be on view in the Academy’s galleries from Thursday, March 9 to Sunday, April 9, 2017, 1 – 4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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2016 Architecture Award Winners

Phyllis Lambert is awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture of $20,000. Four Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture of $10,000 each go to Andrew Berman, Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang (nARCHITECTS), Andrew Freear (Rural Studio), and Theodore Prudon.

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2016 Newly Elected Members

The Academy will induct twelve new members into the 250-person organization: Peter Carey, Billy Collins, Sebastian Currier, Robert Frank, Joan Jonas, Jane Kramer, Paul Lansky, David Rakowski, David Remnick, David Salle, Pat Steir, and John Edgar Wideman.

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2016 Richard Rodgers Awards

The 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater are awarded to Costs of Living by Timothy Huang; We Live in Cairo by Patrick and Daniel Lazour; and Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell.

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2015 Art Award Winners

New York, March 19, 2015 — The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the nine artists who will receive its 2015 awards in art. The art prizes and purchases, totaling nearly $250,000, honor both established and emerging artists.

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2015 Music Award Winners

New York, March 3, 2015—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $205,000. 

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2014 Music Award Winners

New York, March 4, 2014—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $175,000. 

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2013 Music Award Winners

New York, February 28, 2013—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $185,000.

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2012 Art Award Winners

New York, March 22, 2012 — The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the ten artists who will receive its 2012 awards in art.

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2012 Music Award Winners

New York, February 29, 2012—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the eighteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $190,000.

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2011 Music Award Winners

New York, February 16, 2011—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the fifteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $165,000. The

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2010 Art Award Winners

New York, March 25, 2010 — The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the eight artists who will receive its 2010 awards in art.

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2010 Music Award Winners

New York, March 4, 2010—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the sixteen recipientsof this year’s awards in music, which total $170,000. The

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Glass Link Completed

New York, March 10, 2009 — The American Academy of Arts and Letters has completed construction of a Glass Link connecting its exhibition galleries in

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2009 Music Award Winners

New York, March 3, 2009—The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $170,000.

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