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THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS ANNOUNCES 2014 NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS

Robert AdamsWendell Berry
Ann Hamilton Bill Jensen
Ha JinDenis Johnson
David LangAlvin Singleton
Tobias Wolff

Photo credits: Robert Adams photograph by Kerstin Adams; Bill Jensen drawing by Phong Bui; David Lang photograph by Peter Serling

New York, NY, March 20, 2014 – The American Academy of Arts and Letters will hold its annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May. Secretary of the Academy, Billie Tsien will induct nine new members into the 250-person organization: Robert Adams, Ann Hamilton, Bill Jensen, Wendell Berry, Ha Jin, Denis Johnson, Tobias Wolff, David Lang, and Alvin Singleton. President Henry N. Cobb will induct honorary members Alice Waters, Thomas Adès, John Banville, Toyo Ito, Leon Kossoff, Magnus Lindberg, Haruki Murakami, and Colm Tóibín. Elaine Scarry will deliver the Blashfield Foundation Address, titled "Beauty and the Pact of Aliveness." An exhibition of art, architecture, books, and manuscripts by new members and recipients of awards will be on view in the Academy’s galleries from May 22 to June 15.

Newly Elected Members of the Academy

ArtROBERT ADAMS
ANN HAMILTON
BILL JENSEN
LiteratureWENDELL BERRY
HA JIN
DENIS JOHNSON
TOBIAS WOLFF
MusicDAVID LANG
ALVIN SINGLETON

American Honorary Member

ALICE WATERS

Foreign Honorary Members

THOMAS ADÈS
JOHN BANVILLE
TOYO ITO
LEON KOSSOFF
MAGNUS LINDBERG
HARUKI MURAKAMI
COLM TÓIBÍN

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