February 1, 2016 – Paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by 37 contemporary artists will be exhibited in the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets) from Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, April 10, 2016. Exhibiting artists were chosen from a pool of nearly 200 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy, America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers.
Top row: Charles Simonds, Castle Smear, 2015; Fred Stonehouse, The Kitchen Child, 2015;
Sam Messer, Under the Brooklyn Bridge, 2014; Gerald Auten, Scatterbrain, 2013
Middle row: Aleah Chapin, Lucy and Laszlo 2, 2014; Nanette Carter, Cantilevered #1, 2013; Guy Goodwin, Chicken Finger Palace, 2014; Ellen Phelan, White Tulips, 2002
Bottom row: Nancy Mitchnick, Sparling Street, 2009; Patrick Strzelec, Mercury, 2015; Robert Yasuda, BD Greens, 2015; Barry X Ball, Envy, 2008-2016
MARCH 10–APRIL 10, 2016
Thursdays through Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.
Closed Easter Sunday
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.
The Academy’s art awards and purchase programs serve to acknowledge artists at various
stages of their careers, helping to encourage younger artists as well as honoring older artists.
Paintings and works on paper are eligible for purchase and placement in museum collections nationwide through the Hassam,
Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds. There are also purchase funds available for sculpture.
Among the nineteen artists whose works were purchased and placed last year were John Cohen (Amon Carter Museum of American Art, TX), Steve DiBenedetto (Tuscon Museum of Art & Historic Block, AZ),
Nancy Hagin (Canton Museum of Art, OH), Christian Johnson (Portland Art Museum, OR), Tamiko Kawata (Honolulu Museum of Art, HI),
Andrew Piedilato (University of California Berkeley Art Museum, CA), Eleanor Ray (Pensacola Museum of Art, FL), and Richard Van Buren (Portland Museum of Art, ME).
Since the purchase program’s founding in 1946, through the legacy of Childe Hassam, more than twelve hundred works have been purchased and donated to museums throughout the country.
For further information, please click here.
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 118-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.
Press Contact: Souhad Rafey, srafey AT artsandletters.org, (212) 368-5900.