2022 Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Framed drawings of various sizes and subjects by Kara Walker closely arranged on a museum wall
Installation view of Kara Walker’s drawings in Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America at the New Museum in 2021 (photograph by Dario Lasagni)

From February to April this year, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the winners of its annual awards. The 124-year-old institution held a ceremonial on May 18 to celebrate the honorees. Over $1.3 million in awards and prizes in architecture, visual arts, literature, and music were presented to sixty-five recipients. Alumni of the American Academy in Rome are well represented among the 2022 winners.

Highest Honors for Excellence in the Arts

Kara Walker (2016 Resident)
Gold Medal for Graphic Art

Anna Deavere Smith (2016 Resident)
Medal for Spoken Language

Art

Garrett Bradley (2020 Fellow)
Arts and Letters Award in Art

Carl D’Alvia (2013 Fellow)
Art Purchase Prize

Architecture

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee (2017 Residents)
Arts and Letters Award in Architecture

Literature

Sarah Manguso (2008 Fellow)
Arts and Letters Award in Literature

Kirstin Valdez Quade (2019 Fellow)
Rosenthal Family Foundation Award

Music

Erin Gee (2008 Fellow) and James Mobberley (1990 Fellow)
Arts and Letters Awards in Music

Katherine Balch (2021 Fellow)
Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award in Music

Eric Nathan (2014 Fellow)
Goddard Lieberson Fellowship in Music

In addition, AAAL inducted twenty-one new members into the fold, bringing the total to three hundred across the arts. Members are elected for life and pay no dues. Among the early members include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, Edward MacDowell, Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, and Edith Wharton. Inducted this year are:

Architecture

Thomas Phifer (1996 Fellow)
Michael Van Valkenburgh (1988 Fellow)
Mabel O. Wilson (2022 Resident)

Music

David Sanford (2003 Fellow)
Christopher Theofanidis (1999 Fellow)

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. AAAL seeks to foster and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts by administering over seventy awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country, and presenting talks and concerts.

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