Encounters Preface - Julie Mehretu
Detail of Julie Mehretu, Black Monolith, for Okwui Enwezor (Charlottesville), 2017–20, ink and acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 in. (artwork © Julie Mehretu; photograph by Tom Powel Imaging)

Encounters: A Preface

2020-21 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows C

New Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

Installation view of Matthew Brennan and Eugenia Morpurgo’s “2100” at AAR in February 2020 (photograph by Giorgio Benni/American Academy in Rome, Institutional Archives)

Visualizing Change at “Cinque Mostre 2020: Convergence”

Multicolored abstract painting that resembles spinning wheel and gears
Detail of Al Held, Padua II, 1981, acrylic on canvas, 213.36 × 213.36 cm (photograph provided by the Al Held Foundation and White Cube)

Encounters: An Introduction

Encounters - Eugene Berman display
Installation view of Encounters I with a display of works by Eugene Berman

Encounters I: Abstracting Rome

Encounters - J. Meejin Yoon Inner Wall
Inner wall of Höweler + Yoon’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (photograph by J. Meejin Yoon)

Encounters II: The Activist Gesture

Color photograph of the head and torso of Avinoam Shalem, wearing a blue shirt and a charcoal blazer and standing against a sandy-colored wall
Avinoam Shalem (photograph © Boris Hars-Tschachotin)

Avinoam Shalem Appointed 24th Director of the American Academy in Rome

Elsewhere

Washington Post Praises Charlottesville Memorial

Depression-Era Murals by Francis Scott Bradford

Helen O’Leary Talks about Her Artistic Process

Rome Prize

Time and Space to Think and Work

For over a century, the Rome Prize has supported innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers.

Meet the Fellows

Color head-and-shoulders portrait of Maggie L. Popkin

Maggie L. Popkin

Ancient Studies
Color photographic portrait of Rebecca Levitan wearing a white top

Rebecca Levitan

Ancient Studies
Color profile portrait of Steven Parker from the waist up, playing a brass instrument that looks like a euphonium

Steven Parker

Design
Color portrait of the head of Rebecca Messbarger, sitting in an office in front of a bookshelf

Rebecca Messbarger

Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
Color portrait of William Dougherty, wearing a light blue shirt and tan sportscoat

William Dougherty

Musical Composition
Color portrait of Katherine Balch, turned three-quarters, wearing glasses and a tan coat over a gray top, and standing next to a concrete ledge in an outdoor location

Katherine Balch

Musical Composition
Black and white portrait of the torso and arms of Kevin Benham, seated at an outdoor table

Kevin Benham

Landscape Architecture
Color portrait of the head and torso of Matthew H. Ellis, facing forward, wearing glasses, and standing in front of an ornately decorated wall with a mirror

Matthew H. Ellis

Modern Italian Studies
Black and white portrait of the head and shoulders of Carla Keyvanian, in an outdoor location

Carla Keyvanian

Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
Black and white portrait of Jennifer Packer seated on a sofa, wearing glasses with a crossed leg and an arm stretched across the back of the sofa

Jennifer Packer

Visual Arts
Color head-and-shoulders portrait of Dillon Gisch

Dillon Gisch

Ancient Studies
Color portrait of Alexandra Kleeman from the waist up and wearing a black dress, with her body facing forward and her head turned to her left

Alexandra Kleeman

Literature
Color portrait of the head and shoulders of Jean Dommermuth

Jean Dommermuth

Historic Preservation & Conservation
Color portrait of the head and shoulders of Paulette Marie Singley, set against a black background

Paulette Marie Singley

Historic Preservation & Conservation
Color portrait of the head and shoulders of Danny Smith, wearing glasses and a white open-collared shirt and facing forward

Danny Smith

Medieval Studies
Color portrait of Katy Barkan, facing the camera and wearing a black dress with short, scattered white lines

Katy Barkan

Architecture
Color portrait of Lindsay Sheedy from the waist up, wearing a dark green dress, facing forward, and standing against a neutral gray background

Lindsay Sheedy

Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
Color portrait of Anna Dumont from the hips up, wearing a gray top, facing forward, and standing in front of a marble wall with a mosaic over her right shoulder

Anna Dumont

Modern Italian Studies
Black and white portrait of Robert Gerard Pietrusko wearing a sweater, collared shirt, and tie, with his torso facing forward but his head in profile

Robert Gerard Pietrusko

Landscape Architecture
Color portrait of the head and shoulders of David Serlin wearing glasses and smiling

David Serlin

Architecture
Color portrait of the head and shoulders of Therese Wadden

Terese Wadden

Design
Color photographic portrait of Christy Q. Schirmer with glasses and a blue top, with a large aloe plant and a wooden fence behind her

Christy Q. Schirmer

Ancient Studies

Invited Residents

Clifford Ross portrait

Clifford Ross

Visual Arts
Teofilo Ruiz

Teo Ruiz

Medieval Studies
Ruth Karras portrait

Ruth Karras

Medieval Studies
Wangechi Mutu portrait

Wangechi Mutu

Visual Arts
A. O. Scott - Portrait

A. O. Scott

Literature
T. Corey Brennan

T. Corey Brennan

Ancient Studies
Giuliana Bruno portrait

Giuliana Bruno

Modern Italian Studies
Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

Politics
Marlon Blackwell

Marlon Blackwell

Architecture
Edward Hirsch portrait

Edward Hirsch

Literature
Deborah Willis portrait

Deborah Willis

Visual Arts
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi

Marion Weiss & Michael Manfredi

Landscape Architecture
Resident - Mary Margaret Jones

Mary Margaret Jones

Landscape Architecture
Theaster Gates - Portrait

Theaster Gates

Visual Arts
Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu

Visual Arts
Paolo Gioli - Conversations/Conversazioni

Paolo Gioli

Visual Arts
Resident - Adele Chatfield-Taylor

Adele Chatfield-Taylor

Historic Preservation & Conservation
J. Meejin Yoon

J. Meejin Yoon

Design
Anthony Doerr with twin sons at AAR

Anthony Doerr

Literature
Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon

Literature

Mary Beard

Ancient Studies
Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon

Visual Arts
Dell Upton

Dell Upton

Historic Preservation & Conservation
Alice Friedman portrait

Alice T. Friedman

History of Art
Whitfield Lovell portrait

Whitfield Lovell

Visual Arts
Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

Visual Arts
Antoine Picon

Antoine Picon

Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
Adam D. Weinberg

Adam D. Weinberg

History of Art
Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

Design