Annual Fund

The American Academy in Rome is a private institution supported by gifts, grants and membership fees of individuals, foundations, corporations and leading colleges, universities and arts and cultural organizations.

Contributions to the Annual Fund provide crucial unrestricted operating support to help make possible the Academy's present activities and its vital future. These donations are fullytax-deductible and will be gratefully acknowledged and recorded in the Academy's annual report.

Gifts of Cash
Checks made payable to the American Academy in Rome may be mailed to:

American Academy in Rome
7 East 60 Street
New York, NY 10022

Gifts of Securities 
Donors wishing to make a stock gift are asked to contact:

Isabel Orbon 
Development Officer
(212) 751-7200 extension 348

The Chris Celenza Library Fund

This fund supports the collection of books relating to any aspect of Early Modern and Renaissance studies for the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library. The fund honors the 21st director of the American Academy, Christopher Celenza, whose leadership did so much to open the doors of the American Academy to the scholars and artists of Rome. Under Professor Celenza's direction, not only Renaissance studies but all the humanities were enriched by his generosity, his dedication to academic excellence, and the example of his own ground-breaking work on Renaissance philosophy. The books purchased with this gift will continue to enrich the Fellows of the AAR and the scholars of Rome.

The Deenie Yudell Fund in the Visual Arts

This fund has been established in memory of graphic designer and artist Deenie Yudell.  Deenie was Design Manager for Publications at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles from 1990 until her death in 2014, serving as principal creative director for several hundred books and catalogues, as well as programmatic and marketing ephemera, merchandise development and the Getty's branding and identity program. Under her art direction, Getty publications garnered over 150 design awards. Prior to her position at the Getty, she served as Head Designer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; established and managed the design groups for the Mayor's Office of Communications, Boston City Hall and for Boston 200, the city's Bicentennial Commission; served as Head of Design and Production at the Boston Children's Museum; designed publications and environmental graphics for the Urban Design Department at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and for Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, MA. Deenie received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Yale University. She taught design at Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts and at Otis Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles.

From her earliest childhood to her last days Deenie radiated vitality, optimism, creativity and generosity.  She flourished during her time as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and it was in this special place that her art and life expanded.  Her friends and family have established the Deenie Yudell Fund to support visual arts residencies at the Academy so that others can share that experience.



The Academy presents a full schedule of public events each year in Rome, including concerts, conferences, exhibitions, lectures, and readings. These events attract an international audience, and attention in the Italian and American press. The Academy also organizes special presentations at various venues in the United States.

For information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact:

Isabel Orbon
Development Officer
(212) 751-7200, extension 348

Furniture Festschrift

The Furniture Festschrift of the American Academy in Rome’s Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library is exactly what the name implies: a chance to honor great teachers, mentors, colleagues and friends through chairs, tables, carrels and alcoves. Each dedicated piece has been named for someone who has made a significant contribution to the library itself, and to those who have worked there. Some pieces have been named by many grateful students, each giving small donations in honor of their mentor while others have been named by a single individual. All are a testament to the importance of these senior artists and scholars, to their students, to their discipline and to the life of the Academy.

The Academy remains grateful to these donors who have generously chosen to draw attention to those who have enriched their lives, while at the same time enriching the library for others. The Furniture Festschrift continues, and it is still possible to name a chair, table, carrel or alcove in honor of a mentor, colleague, or friend – with all contributions going to support the library.

Please contact for more information.