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Thom Mayne

Thomas Nozkowski

Peter Saul

Thomas McGuane

Richard Powers

Francine Prose

Marilynne Robinson

Tania León

Fred Lerdahl

Photo credits:
Fred Lerdahl ©Peter Schaaf
Thomas McGuane ©Stephen Collector
Thomas Nozkowski ©Robin Holland
Richard Powers ©Marion Ettlinger
Francine Prose ©Stephanie Berger
Marilynne Robinson ©Kelly Ruth Anderson Winter

New York, April 13, 2010 – The American Academy of Arts and Letters will hold its annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May.  J. D. McClatchy, president of the Academy, will conduct the presentation of awards in architecture, art, literature, and music.  On behalf of the Academy, President McClatchy stated, “Our newly elected members are a remarkable group representing the splendid variety of excellence in the American arts. It is a pleasure to recognize their achievements, and the Academy is truly honored that they are joining us.” 

Secretary of the Academy, Rosanna Warren, will induct nine members into the 250-person organization: artists Thomas Nozkowski and Peter Saul and architect Thom Mayne; writers Thomas McGuane, Richard Powers, Francine Prose, and Marilynne Robinson; composers Tania León and Fred Lerdahl.

Calvin Trillin will deliver the Blashfield Foundation Address, titled “Deadline Poet.” An exhibition of art, architecture, books, and manuscripts by new members and recipients of awards will be on view at the Academy’s galleries from May 20 to June 13.


Newly Elected Members of the Academy

Composer Tania León was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1943. She was educated at Carlos Alfredo Peyrellade Conservatory and New York University. She lives in New York and is a professor of composition at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York. Ms. León has received commissions from American Composers Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and New World Symphony. Her principal works include the opera Scourge of the Hyacinth and orchestral works, Horizons, and Acana.

Composer Fred Lerdahl was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1943 and was educated at Lawrence University and Princeton University. He lives in Massachusetts, has taught at universities around the country, and is Professor of Music at Columbia University. His commissions include works for the Fromm Foundation, Spoleto Festival, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His orchestral works include Beyond the Realm of Bird, Waves, Without Fanfare, and Spirals.

Architect Thom Mayne was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1943. He was educated at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Mr. Mayne helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in 1972. He is a founding partner in the Santa Monica-based practice, Morphosis, and he serves on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. His projects include Diamond Ranch High School, Pomona, CA; Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA; United States Courthouse, Eugene, OR; Federal Building, San Francisco, CA; and 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY.

Writer Thomas McGuane was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1939. He was educated at Michigan State University, Yale University, and Stanford University. He resides in Montana. His fiction includes The Sporting Club, Ninety-Two in the Shade, Nobody’s Angel, and The Cadence of Grass. Mr. McGuane has written short stories, non-fiction, and screenplays, including The Missouri Breaks.

Artist Thomas Nozkowski was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, in 1944 and was educated at the Cooper Union, New York. He lives in High Falls, NY and is a professor at The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has had solo exhibitions at The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; PaceWildenstein Gallery, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Writer Richard Powers was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1957 and was educated at the University of Illinois. He is the Swanlund Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His fiction includes Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, The Gold Bug Variations, Galatea 2.2, The Time of Our Singing, The Echo Maker: A Novel, and Generosity.

Writer Francine Prose was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947 and was educated at Radcliffe College. She is Visiting Professor of Literature and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College, and the former President of PEN American Center. Ms. Prose has written twelve novels, including Household Saints, Blue Angel, A Changed Man, and Goldengrove. Her nonfiction works include Reading Like a Writer, Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles, and The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired.

Writer Marilynne Robinson was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1947. She was educated at Brown University and the University of Washington. She teaches at Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has held a Dwight H. Terry Lectureship at Yale University. She is the author of the novels Houskeeping, Gilead, and Home. She has written the nonfiction books Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution, and The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought.

Artist Peter Saul was born in San Francisco in 1934. He was educated at Washington University and the California School of Fine Arts. Mr. Saul has had solo exhibitions at Leo Galerie du Centre, Paris; Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany; Musée Paul Valèry, Sette, France; Koenig Inc., New York, NY; David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland; and retrospectives at the Orange County Museum of Art, Pensylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and New Orleans Contemporary Art Center.

Honorary Members

American Honorary Members
James Levine
Meryl Streep

Foreign Honorary Members
Fumihiko Maki
Alvaro Siza

Award Recipients

Gold Medal for Drama
given for an entire body of work
Romulus Linney

Gold Medal for Graphic Art
given for an entire body of work
Ed Ruscha

Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts
given for notable service to the arts
Bill Moyers

Award of Merit Medal for Poetry
and $10,000 to an outstanding poet
Gerald Stern

Medal for Spoken Language
given for excellence in public speaking
Hal Holbrook

William Dean Howells Medal
given for the most distinguished American novel every five years
Peter Matthiessen for Shadow Country

Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture
$5000 for a significant contribution to architecture as an art
Michael Van Valkenburgh

Awards in Architecture

Academy Awards in Architecture
$7500 in recognition of work characterized by a strong personal direction
Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky
Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample

$7500 to acknowledge an American who explores architecture through any medium of expression
Michael Sorkin

Awards in Art

Academy Awards in Art
$7500 to honor and encourage creative work
Gabrielle Bakker, Lothar Osterburg, Julianne Schwartz, Tom Uttech, Stanley Whitney

Jimmy Ernst Award in Art
$5000 to an artist whose lifetime contribution to his or her vision has been consistent and dedicated
William Christenberry

Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art
$10,000 to a young artist of great promise
John Grade

Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Art
$10,000 to a young painter of distinction
Aaron Gilbert

Awards in Literature

Academy Awards in Literature
$7500 to honor and encourage creative work
Blake Bailey, Peter Cole, Steve Erickson, Peter Everwine, Young Jean Lee, Bruce Smith, Natasha Wimmer

Benjamin H. Danks Award
$20,000 to a talented young playwright
Jenny Schwartz

E. M. Forster Award in Literature
$20,000 to a young writer from the United Kingdom or Ireland for a stay in the United States
Dan Rhodes

Awards in Literature (cont.)

Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction
$5000 for the best published first novel or collection of stories of 2009
Josh Weil, The New Valley

Katherine Anne Porter Award
$20,000 to a writer of prose whose achievements and dedication have been demonstrated
Tim O'Brien

Rome Fellowships in Literature
to young writers of exceptional promise for a year's residence at the American Academy in Rome
Jay Hopler
Heather McGowan

Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Literature
$10,000 to a young writer for a work of fiction published in 2009
Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award in Literature
$10,000 to a writer in recognition of the quality of his or her prose
Peter Schjeldahl

Awards in Music

Academy Awards in Music
$7500 given to honor and encourage creative work
Daniel Asia, David Felder, Pierre Jalbert, James Primosch

Walter Hinrichsen Award in Music
for the publication of a work by a composer
Paula Matthusen

Charles Ives Fellowships in Music
$15,000 to young composers of extraordinary gifts
Anna Clyne
Michael Djupstrom

Charles Ives Scholarships in Music
$7500 to composition students of great promise
Shawn Allison, Jesse Benjamin Jones, Eric Nathan, Clint Needham, Jude Vaclavik

Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond Award
$10,000 to a promising mid-career composer
James Lee III

Goddard Lieberson Fellowships in Music
$15,000 to young composers of extraordinary gifts
Philippe Bodin
Aaron J. Travers

Richard Rodgers Awards in Musical Theater
to provide financial support for stage readings
Buddy's Tavern by Raymond De Felitta, Alison Louise Hubbard, and Kim Oler
Rocket Science by Patricia Cotter, Jason Rhyne, and Stephen Weiner

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