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From the Archives: “A Christmas Poem” by Ann Freeman

In remembrance of 1958 Rome Prize Fellow Ann Freeman, the Academy’s Institutional Archive is delighted to share her “A Christmas Poem” from 1956.

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Andy Akiho Nominated for Three Grammys

Andy Akiho (2015 Fellow), a musical composer and performer based in Portland, Oregon, has been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.

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New Work Made in Rome by 2023 Fellow Todd Gray Shown in Los Angeles

Rome Work is the title of 2023 Fellow Todd Gray’s exhibition at the gallery Vielmetter Los Angeles. As the title indicates, the artist made the pieces at the Academy during his Rome Prize Fellowship, from February to July 2023.

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AAR Marks Italian Arbor Day with Tree Planting and Mission Statement

On Italian Arbor Day, AAR plants a tree in what will become a new annual tradition.

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Mellon Professor Marla Stone Elected to Accademia dei Lincei

Marla Stone was inducted into the Accademia dei Lincei on November 10.

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Carrie Mae Weems’s “Varying Shades of Brown”

Varying Shades of Brown is a project featuring major installations and programs across the entire campus of Brown University by the acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems (2006 Fellow and AAR Trustee).

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RSFP Showcases “Root-to-Leaf” Philosophy in Menu for CLIMAVORE Reception

The Academy’s Rome Sustainable Food Project hosted the opening reception for the CLIMAVORE Assembly, a conference held in Rome that explores new cultural and artistic tactics for ecologically driven action and policymaking.

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Staffing Update: Johanne Affricot and Valentina Follo

Valentina Follo has joined AAR’s staff on a permanent, part-time basis, as Curator of the Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection and Program Manager of the Classical Summer School, and Johanne Affricot has joined AAR as Curator-at-Large.

Over $1 Million Raised at AAR’s New York Gala

At AAR’s New York Gala, held on November 2, three hundred guests gathered to honor three cultural leaders who exemplify outstanding commitment to scholarship and creativity.

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With Music and Light, a Tribute to Rome’s Umbrella Pines

The musical performances in I Nostri Pini di Roma recognized the pines of Rome: the beauty they share, the symbolic force of their presence, and the shade and shadow they provide. 

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When in Rome: Shawn Miller

The Academy’s program director, Shawn Miller, shares his favorite things and places in Rome.

From the Archives: Anthony M. Clark

Every year we award the Anthony M. Clark Rome Prize in the discipline of Renaissance and early modern studies. But who was he?

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Allison Emmerson Appointed Interim Mellon Humanities Professor

The archaeologist and Tulane University professor Allison L. C. Emmerson (2019 Fellow) will become interim Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor starting in January 2024.

Front cover of Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, volume 67.

Call for Submissions for “Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome”

The Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome invites submissions for volume 69, to be published in fall 2024.

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21 Books by AAR Fellows and Residents to Read This Fall

AAR has assembled a diverse array of books by or featuring our Fellows and Residents to read this fall.

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AAR Director Aliza Wong Gives an Update from Rome

Aliza Wong, now in her second full year as Director, spoke to us about what she is looking forward to this academic year, the upcoming I Nostri Pini di Roma concert, and the challenges of one-hundred-year-old plumbing.

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Fellows Gather in AAR’s New York Office to Celebrate 2023 Accomplishments

A gathering of Fellows in New York.

News from the RSFP and Fausto’s Fall Recipe

We spoke to RSFP Head Chef Fausto Ferraresi, who shared updates on recent activities at the Rome Sustainable Food Project—and a recipe for Tuscan bean soup.

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First Career Retrospective of John Rhoden Opens at PAFA

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts opened an exhibition of the sculptor John Rhoden, the first Black visual artist to win the Rome Prize.

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Courtney Bryan Wins a MacArthur Fellowship

Please join us in congratulating the pianist, composer, and 2020 Rome Prize Fellow Courtney Bryan, who has just won a 2023 MacArthur Fellowship.

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Honoring Adam D. Weinberg

In honor of Adam D. Weinberg, AAR is sharing this short video about his thoughts on the American Academy in Rome and its community of Fellows and Residents.

From the Archives: Electronic Music at AAR

In 1961, Otto Luening turned the composers’ listening room into a full-blown studio for producing electronic music.

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A New Light Installation from Genuardi/Ruta

The duo Genuardi/Ruta, consisting of visual artists Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta, returns to Rome this week to debut Luci di via, an outdoor site-specific project curated by Giuliana Benassi for Matèria.

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Friends of AAR Gather at Italian Consulate in New York to Welcome President Peter N. Miller

On Tuesday evening friends of the Academy gathered for a reception at the Consulate General of Italy in New York to welcome recently appointed AAR President Peter N. Miller. 

Philip Guston and Italy

The retrospective Philip Guston Now, opening next month at Tate Modern in London, gives us occasion to revisit the artist’s “lifelong intense romance” with Italy and his ties to the American Academy in Rome.

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Shows Featuring AAR Fellows and Residents to See This Fall

These museum and gallery exhibitions feature the work of Rome Prize Fellows and Residents—in some cases directly inspired or initiated during their time at the Academy.

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Peter N. Miller: What Is an “American” Academy in Rome?

Last week AAR President Peter N. Miller delivered his first talk to a packed lecture room at the American Academy in Rome.

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When in Rome: Italian Fellows

This month we highlight the favorite places of our Italian Fellows, who come to AAR from across Italy and bring with them a unique perspective that enriches the AAR community. 

AAR Welcomes 2023–24 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

The Academy is grateful to reopen this month for yet another season, and to welcome our new class of Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows to the Eternal City.

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Dagli archivi: The Urban Legacy of Ancient Rome

The Urban Legacy of Ancient Rome is a website offering nearly 1,500 digitized photographs by Ernest Nash from AAR’s Fototeca Unione.