January 2017

January 23, 2017

American Academy in Rome Appoints John Ochsendorf as 23rd Director

The American Academy in Rome announced today that John Ochsendorf, a preservation engineer, historian, and educator, has been selected as the 23rd Director of the Academy. The appointment, which is based in Rome, was announced by AAR President and CEO Mark Robbins, with a term beginning July 1, 2017. Ochsendorf succeeds Kimberly Bowes, who will return to her faculty position as Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania after her three-year term. 

January 17, 2017

AAR Remembers Lidia Villani

It is with sorrow that we say goodbye to our colleague Lidia Villani, who passed away a few days ago.

Lidia began at the American Academy in Rome in 1999 as administrative assistant and cashier. Her contagious cheerfulness enlightened both her work and her personal relationships with the community.

These profound human qualities never abandoned her: Lidia spent the last six years struggling against illness; nevertheless she managed to find energy to support both friends and others in difficulty, including charity work in India for the poorest children and families.

November 2016

November 30, 2016

AAR Remembers Pina Pasquantonio

It is with great sadness that we relay the passing of  Pina Pasquantonio, our Assistant Director of Operations in Rome.  

November 23, 2016

Carne – Meat Recipes from the American Academy in Rome

We are pleased to announce that Carne is finally available for sale, just in time for holiday shopping!  Written by Chris Behr, head chef at AAR’s Rome Sustainable Food Program (RSFP), Carne is the fifth book in our cookbook series, following Biscotti, Zuppe, Pasta, and Verdure.

In Carne, Chris shares more than 60 exceptionally delicious recipes that celebrate community and make a special occasion of any meal, including:

November 17, 2016

2016 Fall Gala

The American Academy in Rome’s 2016 Gala held at The Morgan Library & Museum honored the remarkable Laurie Anderson and celebrated Rome Prize Fellows.  With art world luminaries in attendance such as Chuck Close, Fred Wilson, Adam Weinberg, Thom Mayne, Bob Stern, Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar, Jim Cass and many more, the festive event celebrated the importance of the arts and humanities now more than ever. 

Co-chaired by Cary J. Davis, Mary E. Frank, and John F.W. Rogers, the Gala raised important funds for the Academy.  

May 2016

May 08, 2016

The 2016–2017 Rome Prize Winners

We are pleased to present winners of the 2016 Rome Prize Fellowship. These thirty-one artists and scholars will receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of six-months to two years at the Academy’s 11- acre campus in Rome. The Rome Prize winners were presented at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, which was held in Kaplan Hall Auditorium at the New School in New York City. 

February 2016

February 08, 2016

From Rome to Berlin: AAR and the Scharoun Ensemble, a lasting collaboration

Flaming music boxes. Ping pong balls. Kurt Vonnegut. Shakespeare. While not typical staples of classical music, all have been featured in the work of AAR composers and performed by the renowned Scharoun Ensemble. For eight years Fellows have written and performed music with Scharoun, who spend a week-long residency in Rome each winter. The compositions—ranging from neo-minimalist riffs on traditional instruments, to electronic-acoustic bricolage—are then performed in a series of concerts at the Academy’s Villa Aurelia.

January 2016

January 08, 2016

On Museum Design

Last week, a capacity audience filled the ODC Dance Theater in San Francisco for the latest installment of Conversations | Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. The event, a panel discussion on the design of museums and cultural spaces, featured speakers offering unique perspectives on approaching their work.

The panel was moderated by Mary Margaret Jones, (1998 Fellow, Chair, AAR Board of Trustees, and President/Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates), and included:

December 2015

December 22, 2015

Cy Twombly, Photographer

It’s not easy to picture Cy Twombly with a camera in his hand. Famous for his abstract canvases and found-object sculptures,

December 21, 2015

On Her Own Terms: Revealing Esther Van Deman

Over the last three years, a collaboration between the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, or the Centro, and the AAR has given the Centro students an opportunity to use Academy resources to curate their own exhibition. This year, they worked with Academy curator Valentina Follo to tell the story of a pioneering woman - Esther Boise Van Deman.