McKim Medal Gala

Color photograph of people seated at tables at a gala dinner taking place at night in a garden, with the scene bathed in a red light
Inside the tent at the McKim Medal Gala (photograph by Giovanni Mocchetti/

The American Academy in Rome will hold the next McKim Medal Gala at Villa Aurelia on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. 


The American Academy in Rome will hold the next McKim Medal Gala at Villa Aurelia on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. 

One of the highest-profile cultural events of the social calendar in Rome, the annual McKim Medal Gala honors individuals whose work internationally, most particularly 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 from the evening support Academy programs and American, Italian, and international artists and scholars, providing them with important opportunities to pursue their individual studies, to participate in and contribute to international discourse in their fields and disciplines, and to gain experience that will be invaluable throughout their careers.

For more information, please contact Inga Clausing at mckimgala [at] or +39 06 58 46 474.

Gala 2023

The American Academy in Rome honored chef and entrepreneur Massimo Bottura at the 2023 McKim Medal Gala at Villa Aurelia in Rome on June 7. The annual benefit, one of the most awaited events of the spring season, recognizes the achievements of exceptional individuals in the arts, culture, and humanities. The evening raised over $750,000 to support the American Academy and its fellowships, including the Italian Fellows program, which offers artists and scholars of Italian nationality a unique opportunity to live and work within AAR’s vibrant cultural community.

In a year that saw “Italian cuisine between sustainability and biocultural diversity” nominated as a UNESCO intangible heritage, the Academy awarded the prestigious prize to Massimo Bottura, the most celebrated Italian chef in the world, owner of the Osteria Francescana, a three-star Michelin restaurant in the historic center of Modena, twice awarded as the best restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The ceremony took place in Rome in the splendid Villa Aurelia, on the Janiculum Hill.

Comitato per il gala

Gala Chair

Margherita Marenghi Vaselli

Honorary Gala Chairs

Ginevra Elkann
Maria Teresa Venturini Fendi

Founding Gala Chair

Verdella Caracciolo De Benedictis

Dinner Committee

Alessia Antinori
Mercedes T. Bass
Beatrice Bulgari
Laura Cibrario Franzan
Inga Clausing
Noemia d’Amico
Delfina Delettrez Fendi
Elena Di Giovanni
Andrea Donzelli
Cole Frates and Alexandra De La Mora
Paola Gaetani d’Aragona
Francesco Gianni
Valeria Giuliani
Eugenio Grippo
Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Alessia Margiotta Broglio
Emanuele Mascioni
Antonio Monfreda
Martine Orsini
Diamara Parodi Delfino
Mirella Petteni Haggiag
Diana Picasso
Ines Torlonia Theodoli Clarke
Virginia Valsecchi
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Mafalda von Hessen
Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Corporate Patrons


Corporate Supporters

Assicurazioni Generali
BSF Boies Schiller Flexner
Bulgari SpA
Carla Fendi Foundation
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Gianni & Origoni
Giorgio Armani
Rocco Forte Hotels
Spring Studios Srl
Tikehau Capital

Galas passato

Scopri di più sui benefici dell’Accademia passati, tra cui il McKim Medal Gala, il New York Gala e i Cabaret.