Announcements

Three Musicals Win Richard Rodgers Awards

The Monster, Oratorio for Living Things, and TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix have won the 2021 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater.

2021 Music Award Winners

Eighteen composers receive this year’s awards in music, which total $225,000.

Reading of Academy Tributes

The American Academy of Arts and Letters presented a reading of tributes over Zoom on Wednesday, February 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. EST. A video recording is now available.

Academy Member George Lewis Interviewed by Randy Cohen

On November 7, 2020, the radio program and podcast Person Place Thing, hosted by Randy Cohen, broadcast an interview with Academy member George Lewis.

Academy Member David Sedaris Interviewed by Randy Cohen

On October 31, 2020, the radio program and podcast Person Place Thing, hosted by Randy Cohen, broadcast an interview with Academy member David Sedaris.

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.

Statement on Racial Inequality

June 5, 2020 statement from Board of Directors.

Statement from the Academy President

Billie Tsien on recommittment to the arts in times of vulnerability.

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

Peter Eisenman, David W. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.