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2019 Newly Elected Members
NEW YORK, February 26, 2019—When the American Academy of Arts and Letters holds its annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May, Lorrie Moore, secretary, will induct eleven members into the 250-person organization and President Billie Tsien will induct five foreign honorary members. David Del Tredici will deliver the Blashfield Foundation Address. An exhibition of art, architecture, books, and manuscripts by new members and recipients of awards will be on view in the galleries from May 24 to June 17.
Newly Elected Members
EDWARD P. JONES
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
Foreign Honorary Members
LEO BROUWER, composer of Cuba
RACHEL CUSK, writer of England
SHEILA O’DONNELL, architect of Ireland
SEBASTIÃO SALGADO, photographer of Brazil
ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, poet of Poland
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Early members include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, Edward MacDowell, Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton. The Academy’s 250 members are elected for life and pay no dues.
In addition to electing new members as vacancies occur, the Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.
Chen Yi ̶ photograph by Kuandi Photos
Ian Frazier ̶ photograph by Sigrid Estrada
Meredith Monk ̶ photograph by Christine Alicino
Stacy Schiff ̶ photograph by Elena Seibert
David Sedaris ̶ photograph by Ingrid Christie
Natasha Trethewey ̶ photograph by Joel Benjamin
Terry Tempest Williams ̶ photograph by Zoe Rodriguez