Annual Fund

The American Academy in Rome is a private institution supported by gifts, grants and membership fees of individuals, foundations, corporations and leading colleges, universities and arts and cultural organizations.

Contributions to the Annual Fund provide crucial unrestricted operating support to help make possible the Academy's present activities and its vital future. These donations are fullytax-deductible and will be gratefully acknowledged and recorded in the Academy's annual report.

Gifts of Cash
Checks made payable to the American Academy in Rome may be mailed to:

American Academy in Rome
7 East 60 Street
New York, NY 10022

Gifts of Securities 
Donors wishing to make a stock gift are asked to contact:

Isabel Orbon 
Development Officer
(212) 751-7200 extension 348

The Chris Celenza Library Fund

This fund supports the collection of books relating to any aspect of Early Modern and Renaissance studies for the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library. The fund honors the 21st director of the American Academy, Christopher Celenza, whose leadership did so much to open the doors of the American Academy to the scholars and artists of Rome. Under Professor Celenza's direction, not only Renaissance studies but all the humanities were enriched by his generosity, his dedication to academic excellence, and the example of his own ground-breaking work on Renaissance philosophy. The books purchased with this gift will continue to enrich the Fellows of the AAR and the scholars of Rome.

The Deenie Yudell Fund in the Visual Arts

This fund has been established in memory of graphic designer and artist Deenie Yudell.  Deenie was Design Manager for Publications at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles from 1990 until her death in 2014, serving as principal creative director for several hundred books and catalogues, as well as programmatic and marketing ephemera, merchandise development and the Getty's branding and identity program. Under her art direction, Getty publications garnered over 150 design awards. Prior to her position at the Getty, she served as Head Designer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; established and managed the design groups for the Mayor's Office of Communications, Boston City Hall and for Boston 200, the city's Bicentennial Commission; served as Head of Design and Production at the Boston Children's Museum; designed publications and environmental graphics for the Urban Design Department at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and for Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, MA. Deenie received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Yale University. She taught design at Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts and at Otis Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles.

From her earliest childhood to her last days Deenie radiated vitality, optimism, creativity and generosity.  She flourished during her time as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and it was in this special place that her art and life expanded.  Her friends and family have established the Deenie Yudell Fund to support visual arts residencies at the Academy so that others can share that experience.


Fund for the Arts

As part of the ongoing effort to fortify and sustain the Academy, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, FAAR’84, and John Guare, RAAR’13, have established a Fund for the Arts at the American Academy in Rome.

In the past, arts programming at the Academy has lacked dedicated funding for the realization of specific projects, including readings, lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, installations, conferences, and symposia in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and the environment, design and visual arts, historic preservation and conservation, literature, and music. Expenses associated with arts programs, such as research, planning, insurance, shipping, installation, security, and rehearsal, have outstriped allocations from the annual operating budget, a situation that prevents some good ideas from coming to fruition. The Adele Chatfield-Taylor and John Guare Fund for the Arts will provide an endowment to help solve this problem. We invite you to honor Adele’s 25-year tenure (1988-2013) by contributing to it.

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The Charles O. Perry, FAAR’66, RAAR’71 Fund

This fund is in memory of American sculptor, architect and designer Charles Perry (1929-2011). In 1964 Charlie won the Rome Prize in Architecture, writing “…I want to gain greater perspective, the perspective of other places, other times, philosophies, cultures and economics…Architecture is not written, it is built; not a picture, an environment. I want to draw from the knowledge of Europe, to do so I must be there, see it, smell it, hear it, live it…”

And so he did in what proved to be a pivotal point in his life and career. At the Academy, he began to pursue seriously his sculpture career which consisted of more than 100 works created over 45 years. Charlie’s sculptures include "Continuum", at the National Air and Space Museum in D.C., "Eclipse", at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency, and others in the US, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Australia.

The Charles O. Perry Fund will help provide this opportunity for other artists with similar determination, intelligence and grace.

The Christina Huemer Lectureship

The American Academy in Rome is establishing a new lectureship in memory of Christina Huemer (1947 - 2010) and in recognition of her distinguished service as the Academy's Drue Heinz Librarian (1992-2007), her commitment to the Academy's history and devoted friendship with so many Academy Fellows, Residents, and readers in the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library. Even before she was named librarian, Christina loved the Academy’s library and went there often for her own research. Her family reports that her days at the Academy were among the most important and meaningful in her life.

Members of the Academy community, library readers, Friends of the Library and Friends of Christina Huemer are invited to contribute to the establishment of this lectureship, with a gift to the American Academy in Rome. The Academy is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax-deductable.

Naming Opportunities

The American Academy in Rome is honored to recognize individuals, families, foundations, corporations and organizations for their generous commitment to the Academy and its mission. Named fellowships, residencies, book funds, and programs as well as studies and studios record the commitment that generations have had to the Academy, and to creating and sustaining this irreplaceable American overseas center for advanced study and independent research.

For information about naming opportunities, please contact:

Isabel Orbon
Development Officer
(212) 751-7200, extension 348


The Academy presents a full schedule of public events each year in Rome, including concerts, conferences, exhibitions, lectures, and readings. These events attract an international audience, and attention in the Italian and American press. The Academy also organizes special presentations at various venues in the United States.

For information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact:

Isabel Orbon
Development Officer
(212) 751-7200, extension 348