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Winter Open Studios Highlights Recent Work by Fellows

More than eight hundred people passed through the American Academy in Rome’s doors for the annual Winter Open Studios.

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The Academy Goes Solar

A new photovoltaic power generation system, installed on the roof of the McKim, Mead & White Building, is producing clean energy for the Academy.

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In Memoriam: Richard Trythall

Richard Trythall, a composer and pianist who was an important figure in the American Academy in Rome’s musical history, died on December 21, 2022, at the age of 83.

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Fellows in Focus: Sarah Beckmann

Sarah Beckmann, our 2023 Andrew Heiskell Rome Prize Fellow in ancient studies, talks about her project, The Villa in Late Antiquity: Roman Ideals and Local Identities.

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Inaugural Getty Foundation Affiliated Fellows Are Announced

The American Academy in Rome has named the winners of the inaugural Getty Foundation Affiliated Fellowships: Zakarya Khelif and Emre Gönlügür.

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American Academy in Rome’s 20 Best Books to Give This Season

As the holiday season fast approaches, AAR has assembled a diverse array of books by or featuring our Fellows and Residents.

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Dispatch from Turkey: Catching Up with C. Brian Rose

A newly announced bequest intention by C. Brian Rose (1992 Fellow, 2012 Resident, and Trustee Emeritus) will support residencies across disciplines in the humanities.

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Food and Fellowship: The Rome Sustainable Food Project Celebrates Fifteen Years

This year marked the fifteen-year anniversary of the Rome Sustainable Food Project, a milestone that was celebrated at a Friends of the Academy garden party on June 12.

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AAR Raises $1 Million at the 2022 New York Gala

Nearly three hundred guests gathered at the American Academy in Rome’s New York Gala, held at Cipriani 25 Broadway on November 2.

Is Weird Medieval Guys the Best Account on Twitter?

A viral Twitter account called Weird Medieval Guys is spreading joy through the unlikely source of European medieval art.

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Italy Is (Only) Almost All Right

Learning from Las Vegas gleefully pairs the capital of both Christendom and classical pieties with Sin City, in all its cheap, tawdry vulgarity. How? The authors justify Vegas first: “learning from everything” in a nonjudgmental way (initially) is “a way of being revolutionary for an architect.”

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Mark Robbins to Step Down as President and CEO in July 2023

Academy President and CEO Mark Robbins announced today that he will step down at the conclusion of the academic year, in July 2023, following nearly ten years in the role.

Twenty Residents to Visit AAR in 2022–23

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to announce its slate of twenty Residents for the 2022–23 academic year.

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American Academy in Rome’s New York Offices to Move to West Chelsea

The American Academy in Rome is moving its New York offices to the Dia Art Foundation building at 535 West 22nd Street in October.

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New Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellows: Reko Rennie and Angela Valamanesh

Two celebrated Australian artists, Reko Rennie and Angela Valamanesh, are the latest recipients of the Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.

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In Memoriam: Nancy Brown Negley

The American Academy in Rome notes with sadness the death of Nancy Brown Negley, Trustee Emerita.

Film Screening and Discussion Examines Stories of Migrant Life in Italy

A Fellows’ Project Fund event on July 5 was dedicated to organizations that advocate for social and racial justice for migrants in Italy.

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CBS Sunday Morning Visits the Academy

CBS Sunday Morning distilled the Academy’s essence, history, and present-day life in a five-minute television segment that aired on July 10.

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In Memoriam: Jay Hopler, 2011 Fellow

The American Academy in Rome celebrates the life of the late poet Jay Hopler (2011 Fellow).

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AAR Announces Expansion of Global Affiliates Program

A grant from the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative will support a residency for scholars from underserved regions in the greater Mediterranean basin.

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AAR Celebrated the 2022 McKim Medal Gala on June 8

The American Academy in Rome honored curator Cecilia Alemani and the filmmaker and producer Matteo Garrone at the sixteenth McKim Medal Gala at the Villa Aurelia in Rome on June 8.

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2022 Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Alumni of AAR are well represented among the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Letters award winners.

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Memoirs Volume 66 Published

AAR has just published volume 66 of its flagship journal, the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

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Finding the Black Experience in Italy

Rhonda Collier, the Inaugural Tuskegee University Affiliated Fellow, conducts research from the American Academy in Rome.

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In Memoriam: Professor Giovanni Uggeri

AAR is saddened to learn of the death of Giovanni Uggeri (1965 Affiliated Fellow), an internationally renowned archeologist and scholar in the field of ancient topography. With his passing, we have lost a treasured user of our Library.

AAR Announces Visionary Gift of Nearly $5 Million from the Tsao Family Foundation

A visionary set of gifts by the Tsao Family Foundation will support scholars working on the historical intersection of China and Italy in arts and ideas, artists from China, as well as faculty or doctoral students from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Inaugural Fondazione Sicilia Affiliated Fellows Are Announced

Congratulations to the inaugural Fondazione Sicilia Affiliated Fellows: artist duo Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta and scholar Gaia Nuccio. 

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A Planned Gift

A recent bequest intention from the Grose Family Fund will support Fellows who identify as LGBTQI+ or whose artistic or scholarly projects in Rome explore LGBTQI+ themes.

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From the Archives: Anna McCann

Meet Anna McCann, the first American woman underwater archaeologist.

Announcing the 2022–23 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 2022–23 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships.