Rome Prize

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Baldric of the American Academy in Rome
American Academy in Rome where prizewinners stay

The Rome Prize is an American award made annually by the American Academy in Rome, selected via a national competition. The prize is awarded to 15 emerging artists (working in architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, literature, musical composition, or visual arts) and to 15 scholars (working in ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early modern, or modern Italian studies). The winners are announced annually in New York City.[1]

Rome Prize winners go to stay for several months to two years at the American Academy in Rome, established in 1897 and chartered by an Act of the United States Congress in 1905, on the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill. The first residential scholarships (or fellowships), for architecture and the visual arts, were awarded in 1906. Following a merger with the School of Classical Studies in 1912 the latter's classical study scholarships were added to the range. Landscape architecture scholarships were added in 1915 and music scholarships in 1921.

Fellowship winners come to Rome to refine and expand their professional, artistic or scholarly aptitudes, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience, as well as on the resources of Rome, Europe and the Mediterranean. Musicians, for instance, would benefit from the advice of the composers-in-residence - established composers who stayed at the academy for short periods in turn.

The Academy offers the opportunity to examine at first-hand the source of Western humanistic heritage, and to engage in a dialogue with Rome's culture. Time spent at the Academy—stimulated in part by varied walks, talks, tours and trips, a stream of international visitors and spontaneous table talk—allows residents to enter into informed discourse with this past and to draw upon it for their individual explorations.

The Academy's main building contains most of the studios, studies and residences of the Rome Prize winners, the library, dining facilities and administrative offices, as well as exhibition galleries, communal spaces, a dark room and archaeology facilities. The Academy has extensive gardens and additional buildings.

Winners of the Rome Prize[edit]

All Fellows and most Residents are listed by year of residency in the four pages below.

List of Fellows and Residents of the American Academy in Rome
1896–1970 1971–1990 1991–2010 2011–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ignacio Villarreal (2010-04-18). "American Academy in Rome Announces 2010-2011 Rome Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-07-21.