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THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS ANNOUNCES
2013 INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION OF VISUAL ARTS


February 14, 2013 – Over 120 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper by 34 contemporary artists will be exhibited at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets) from Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, April 14, 2013. Exhibiting artists were chosen from a pool of nearly 175 nominees submitted by the 250 members of the Academy, America's most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers.

Njideka Akunyili, Beautiful One, 2012Martha Diamond, Light, 2010Theo A. Rosenblum,
King Carrot, 2010
Judith Shea, Louise Monument:
Portrait of Louises Bourgeois,
2012
Margrit Lewczuk, Chrysalis II, 2012Jeff Colson, Roll Up, 2012Ellen Birkenblit, Tigers vs. Witches, 2013
Justen Ladda, Green, Orange and Blue Mirror,2010Dan Walsh, Overrun,2012

EXHIBITION ARTISTS

Njideka Akunyili
Clytie Alexander
Ellen Altfest
Garo Antreasian
Eve Aschheim
Ellen Berkenblit
Jeff Colson
Martha Diamond
Amy Feldman
Louise Fishman
Connie Fox
Marc Handelman
Hilary Harnischfeger
Wopo Holup
Mel Kendrick
Osamu Kobayashi
Thomas Kovachevich
Justen Ladda
Charles LeDray
Margrit Lewczuk
Judy Linn
Jerome Marshak
Elaine Mayes
Donald Moffett
John Moore
George E. Ortman
Sheila Pepe
Theo A. Rosenblum
Judith Shea
Arthur Simms
Keith Sonnier
Dan Walsh
Grace Bakst Wapner
Tamara Zahaykevich

ART AWARDS AND PURCHASE PROGRAM

The Academy's art awards and purchase programs serve to acknowledge artists at various stages of their careers, from helping to establish younger artists to rewarding older artists for their accumulated body of work. Paintings and works on paper are eligible for purchase and placement in museum collections nationwide through the Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds. In 2013, there are purchase funds available for sculpture. Among the eleven artists whose works were purchased and placed last year were Larry Bell (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY), Rochelle Feinstein (Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL), Carrie Mae Weems (The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI), and Nancy Shaver (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA). Since the purchase program's founding in 1946, through the legacy of Childe Hassam, more than one thousand works have been purchased and donated to museums throughout the country. For further information, please visit http://www.artsandletters.org/awards2_art.php.

THE ACADEMY

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to "foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts," and is chartered by Congress. Founding members include William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Vedder, and Woodrow Wilson. Each year, the Academy gives approximately one million dollars in awards to artists, architects, writers, and composers. It presents exhibitions of art, architecture, and manuscripts, and subsidizes readings and performances of new musicals. The 115-year-old organization is located in three landmark buildings, designed by McKim, Mead & White, Cass Gilbert, and Charles Pratt Huntington, on Audubon Terrace at 155 Street and Broadway.

THE INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION OF VISUAL ARTS

MARCH 7–APRIL 14, 2013
Thursdays through Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.
Closed Easter weekend (March 29-31).
Enter on Audubon Terrace, west side of Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets, New York City.
#1 train to 157 Street and Broadway; Bus: M4, M5 to 155 Street and Broadway
Click here for gallery location and directions.


Press Contact: Souhad Rafey, academy AT artsandletters.org, (212) 368-5900.