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Meteor Stream Recital by Terry Adkins, FAAR'10
Stefano Maccagno at the 2015 Jerome Lectures.
2015 Cinque Mostre – Francesca Grilli, Gold Revolution.
Carrie Mae Weems, FAAR'06 and Anita Berrizbeitia, FAAR'06
Michael Graves, , FAAR'62, RAAR'79
Frank Stella, RAAR'83
Memories from the Academy, 1955
Sarah Oppenheimer, FAAR'11
Andy Akiho (2015 Fellow) performing at Cabaret 2015.
Photo by Christine Butler
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Mission

The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars, after an application process that begins in the fall of each year. The winners, announced in the spring, are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation.

The encounter with Rome represents now, as it has done since the Academy’s inception, something unique: a chance for American artists and scholars to spend significant time interacting and working in one of the oldest, most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The richness of Rome’s artistic and cultural legacy and its power to stimulate creative thinking served as the initial impetus for the Academy’s founding. Today, those tendencies live on, transformed as ever by the dynamism of the Academy’s constantly evolving community. The community includes Fellows, Residents, Visiting Artists and Scholars, and, come June, members of academic Summer Programs.