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The American Academy of Arts and Letters announces the recipients of its highest honors for excellence in the arts.
A statement from the Board of Directors.
Tributes for William Bailey, Mario Davidovsky, Ward Just, Wolf Kahn, and Terrence McNally will be read over Zoom on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 7 p.m. EST.
Tributes for Henry Cobb, Toni Morrison, I. M. Pei, and Charles Wuorinen were read over Zoom on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. EDT. A video recording is now available.
On May 22, 2021, the radio program and podcast Person Place Thing, hosted by Randy Cohen, posted an interview with Academy member Annie Proulx.
Yehudi Wyner, Rita Dove, and Phong Bui receive top awards in Music, Poetry, and Service to the Arts.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters presented a reading of tributes over Zoom on Thursday, April 8, from 7 to 8 p.m EDT. A video recording is now available.
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.
On November 7, 2020, the radio program and podcast Person Place Thing, hosted by Randy Cohen, broadcast an interview with Academy member George Lewis.
On October 31, 2020, the radio program and podcast Person Place Thing, hosted by Randy Cohen, broadcast an interview with Academy member David Sedaris.
Peter Eisenman, David W. Blight, Richard Powers, and Bill Henderson receive top awards in Architecture, History, Literature, and Service to the Arts.
On October 22, 2019, the Academy received the Archives Medal from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.
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.
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.
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 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.
Winners of the Gold Medals in Music and Biography, the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, and the Medal for Spoken Language.
Works will be on view from May 24 through June 17 at the Academy galleries.
The $100,000 award recognizes a writer of distinction who has made a significant contribution to American literature.
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.
The $40,000 award, endowed by the Virgil Thomson Foundation and administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recognizes an American composer of vocal works.
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.
Huck Hodge has won the Charles Ives Living Award and will receive $200,000 over a two-year period beginning in July 2018.
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.
Works by newly elected members and recipients of honors and awards will be on view from May 18 through June 11, at the Academy galleries located on Audubon Terrace in Washington Heights.
The Academy announces the winners of the country’s two largest prizes for composers of vocal music. The Charles Ives Opera Prize of $50,000 will be given to Lewis Spratlan and James Maraniss for Life is a Dream. The Virgil Thomson Award of $40,000 will go to Kate Soper.
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.
The Academy inducts five new foreign honorary members, and presents the organization’s highest honors: the Gold Medals for Music and Poetry, the Williams Dean Howells Medal, and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts.
Virgil Thomson was a champion of American music. His 1947 premier of The Mother of Us All was an extraordinary moment in the coming of
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