June 2019


2019 McKim Medal Gala

  • Wednesday, 5 June 2019 - 7:30pm
Villa Aurelia

The American Academy in Rome honors Paola Antonelli and Luca Guadagnino.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
7:30 PM

Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1
00153 Rome

The McKim Medal Gala in Rome honors individuals whose work internationally—especially in Italy and in the United States—has contributed significantly to the arts and humanities, and whose life exemplifies creative and intellectual exchange across the arts, scholarship, language, and culture. Proceeds support the American Academy in Rome’s efforts to foster interdisciplinary exchange among Italian and American artists and scholars within an exceptional global community. The Fellowship program enables talented Italians and Americans to pursue their work in an intellectually stimulating environment, and to contribute to evolving international discourse and interdisciplinary exchange through their participation in Academy programs such as concerts, lectures, readings, and exhibitions.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Inga Clausing at +39 06-5846-474 or


Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art
Luca Guadagnino, Director, Screenwriter, and Producer

Dinner Chair

Maria Teresa Venturini Fendi

Honorary Dinner Chairs

Mrs. Lewis M. Eisenberg
Ginevra Elkann Gaetani

Founding Dinner Chair

Verdella Caracciolo de Benedictis

Dinner Committee

Alessia Antinori
Raffaella Banchero
Mercedes T. Bass
Gabriella Bassatne
Cynthia Beck
Thomas Blount
Beatrice Bulgari
Marella Caracciolo Chia
Jacaranda Caracciolo Falck
Laura Cibrario Franzan
Inga Clausing
Noemia d’Amico
Suzanne Deal Booth
Delfina Delettrez Fendi
Elena Di Giovanni
Andrea Donzelli
Paola Gaetani d’Aragona
Francesco Gianni
Valeria Giuliani
Eugenio Grippo
Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Margherita Marenghi Vaselli
Alessia Margiotta Broglio
Nancy Novogrod
Martine Orsini
Diamara Parodi Delfino
Mirella Petteni Haggiag
Diana Picasso
Antonella Rodriguez Boccanelli
Ines Torlonia Theodoli Clarke
Soledad Twombly
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Mafalda von Hessen
Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Corporate Patron


Corporate Supporter

Credit Suisse
Fondazione Carla Fendi
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
Giorgio Armani
Maire Tecnimont
Maison Valentino
Open Capital Partners
Tommy Hilfiger

Special Thanks

Roberto Ziliani | SLAMP
Paolo e Noemia d’Amico | PAOLO E NOEMIA d’AMICO WINES
Ilaria Venturini Fendi | RE(f)USE
Giulio Delettrez | VILLA LAETITIA

The McKim Medal was designed by CY TWOMBLY
and is handcrafted by DELFINA DELETTREZ

Open Studios

Fellows’ Open Studios, Musical Performances, and Readings

  • Thursday, 6 June 2019 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm
American Academy in Rome
View of Zaneta Hong’s studio

Open Studios offer the public an opportunity to visit the studios of the current Rome Prize Fellows and Italian Fellows in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, and visual arts and to attend readings by the Fellows in literature and musical performances by the Fellows in musical composition.

Participants are: Ila Beka, Erin Besler and Marcel Sanchez Prieto in architecture; Dylan Fracareta, Amy Franceschini and Francesco Zorzi in design; Zaneta Hong and Michael Saltarella in landscape architecture; Joannie Bottkol and Lori Wong in historic preservation and conservation; Nicolas Leong, Renato Leotta, Invernomuto, Helen O'Leary, Karyn Olivier and Basil Twist in visual arts; Kirstin Valdez Quade, Bennett Sims and Virginia Virilli in literature; and Michelle Lou and Jessie Marino in musical composition.

Studios will be open from 6pm to 10pm and musical performances will take place throughout the evening in two of the studios. The reading will take place at 10:15pm in the courtyard. Additionally, the exhibition The Academic Body will be open from 6pm to 10pm.

Musical performances are made possible by the Fromm Music Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

Please note: a valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.