Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, 15 April 2009.
The American Academy in Rome, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, FAAR’84, President, and William B. Hart, Chairman of the Board, hosted the AAR’s annual Gala dinner. This year’s theme was “Celebrating the Arts”.
Calvin Trillin acted as a (brilliantly effective) Master of Ceremonies at the Gala, where the Academy honored three important American artists with its Centennial Medal.
Charlie Rose presented the Medal to architect (and AAR Trustee) Thom Mayne. Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art, honored artist Bruce Nauman RAAR’87. And soprano Jessye Norman received her Medal from Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.
The American Academy in Rome awards its Centennial Medal to individuals who contribute significantly to the arts and humanities to which the Academy is dedicated. Roy Lichtenstein, RAAR’89, Academy Trustee Emeritus, designed the Medal in 1994 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Academy’s founding.
Co-chairing the NYC dinner were three AAR Trustees: composer Robert Beaser FAAR’78, architect Wendy Evans Joseph FAAR’84, and visual artist Laurie Simmons RAAR’05.
Honorary Chairmen of the event were Mr. and Mrs. Sid R. Bass; H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Giovanni Castellaneta; Mrs. Henry J. Heinz; Mr. Richard Grubman and Ms. Caroline Mortimer; Mr. and Mrs. H. Charles Price; and H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Ronald P. Spogli. Four of these Honorary Chairs—Mercedes T. Bass, Drue Heinz, Richard Grubman, and Jessie H. Price—also serve on the Academy’s Board of Trustees.
Proceeds from the NYC Gala will support the ongoing programs of the American Academy in Rome.
Next to come: the McKim Medal Gala, honoring Academy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone, that takes place 3 June (note new date) in Rome at the American Academy’s Villa Aurelia. Proceeds from that event will go to provide valuable support for fellowships at the AAR for Italian artists and scholars.