Announcements

Peter Eisenman, David Blight, Richard Powers, and Bill Henderson Receive Highest Honors

Peter Eisenman, David Blight, Richard Powers, and Bill Henderson receive top awards in Architecture, History, Literature, and Service to the Arts.

2020 Art Award Winners

Twenty-four artists receive awards and purchase prizes totaling $295,000.

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.

Two Musicals Win 2020 Richard Rodgers Awards

In the Green and The Loophole have won the 2020 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater.

Postponed: An Afternoon of Music and Art

Due to the public health risk posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Academy is postponing An Afternoon of Music and Art, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020, to a future date.

2020 Newly Elected Members

Academy to induct thirteen new members in May 2020.

2020 Music Award Winners

Seventeen recipients receive this year’s awards in music, which total $235,000.

2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts

In the interest of public health the Academy is closing its galleries for the remainder of its originally scheduled run for the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts.

Jim Pratzon Awarded Presidential Citation

The Academy has awarded its 2019 Presidential Citation to Jim Pratzon, a drama and English teacher at Lyons Community School in Brooklyn.

Academy Receives Medal from Archives of American Art

On October 22, 2019, the Academy received the Archives Medal from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.

Randy Cohen to interview Academy member, composer, and performer Meredith Monk

On Friday, December 13, 2019, at 7 p.m. Randy Cohen of Person Place Thing will interview Meredith Monk in the Academy Library. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required.

David Del Tredici Delivers 2019 Blashfield Address

The 2019 Blashfield Address, entitled “The Gift of Gayness: A Tell-All,” was delivered by David Del Tredici on May 22nd, 2019, at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial.

Randy Cohen to interview Academy member and cartoonist Art Spiegelman

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. Randy Cohen will interview Art Spiegelman in the Academy Library. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required.

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.

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 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.

2019 Architecture Award Winners

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announces the recipients of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize and four Arts and Letters Awards.

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.

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.

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.