Presenting the 2015–2016 Rome Prize Winners

April 22, 2015
Leslie Anne Pirtle, Woordy Pirtle (Design) and Myrna Davis
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Mali Annika Skotheim (Ancient Studies)
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Christopher Cerrone (Music Composition), guest, and Eva von Dassow (Ancient Studies)
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Sarah Clark Karmon, David Karmon (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies), Richard Harrison Deitch, and Lauren Jacobi (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
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Mary E. Frank (Trustee) and Tracy Cooper (Juror, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
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Molly Tambor (FAAR'03), David Kertzer (Trustee and Juror, Modern Italian Studies), Joshua Arthurs (Modern Italian Studies), and Susan Kertzer
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Mary Ceruti (Juror, Visual Arts), Senam Okudzeto (Visual Arts), and guest.
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Alex Schweder (FAAR'06) and guest at 2015 Rome Prize Ceremony
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Wendy Rolland, Peter Rolland, and Christopher Marcinkoski (Landscape Architecture)
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Guests at 2015 Rome Prize Ceremony
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Eva von Dassow (Ancient Studies) and Fred Wilson (Trustee and Juror, Visual Arts)
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The American Academy in Rome recently announced the winners of the Rome Prize Fellowship, which annually supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome.  These twenty-nine artists and scholars will receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome. The presentation was made at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, which was held at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. 

“The interdisciplinary mix of the Rome Prize winners represents the leading edge of contemporary American scholarship and creativity,” said Academy President Mark Robbins, FAAR’97. “Each Rome Prize Fellow is enriched by their experience in Rome and when they return, their work has a profound impact on the cultural life of the US and beyond for decades to come.”  

This year’s Rome Prize winners were presented by Mary Margaret Jones, FAAR’98, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and were welcomed by Robbins and Academy Director Kim Bowes, FAAR’06. The ceremony also featured a presentation by artist and 2006 Fellow Carrie Mae Weems, in dialogue with Robbins, in which her creative work and process were discussed in relation to her fellowship in Rome. This was the fourth and the season’s last installment of the new programming series,Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

“The Academy thanks each of Rome Prize Jurors for their commitment to this process,” said Robbins. “Collectively they embody the best of their respective disciplines.”

Rome Prize winners are selected by independent juries of distinguished scholars and artists through a national competition process in one of the 11 disciplines supported by the Academy, including: Literature, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, and Historic Preservation and Conservation, as well as Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, and Modern Italian Studies. More than 900 applications were submitted from 46 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, making this an exceptionally competitive field. 

Recipients of the 2015 - 2016 Rome Prize (by discipline) are:


Paul Mellon/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
(year two of a two-year fellowship)
Nathan S. Dennis
Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University
Performing Paradise in the Early Christian Baptistery: Art, Liturgy, and the Transformation of Vision

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman/Frank Brown Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
Katharine P.D. Huemoeller
Department of Classics, Princeton University
Sex and Slavery in the Roman World

Emeline Hill Richardson/Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the Archaeological Institute of America Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
(year one of a two-year fellowship)
Jenny R. Kreiger
Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan
The business of commemoration: a comparative study of Italian catacombs

Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
Jeremy B. Lefkowitz
Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Swarthmore College
Aesop's Pen: Writing and Collecting Fables in Antiquity

Arthur Ross Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
Mali Annika Skotheim
Department of Classics, Princeton University
Greek Dramatic Festivals under the Roman Empire

National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
Eva M. von Dassow
Associate Professor, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
Freedom, Rights, and Governance in the Ancient Near East


Founders Rome Prize
Karl Daubmann
Associate Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Principal, DAUB (design, architecture, urbanism, building), Ann Arbor, MI
Rules for Tools

James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize
Javier Galindo
Founder/Principal, JGCH
Associate Principal , Kohn Pedersen Fox
The Created Fragment


American Academy in Rome - Rome Prize
Lauren Mackler
Director / Curator, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
(working title) Play: On The Episodic

Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize
Woody Pirtle
Principal, Pirtle Design, New Paltz, NY
Reflections of The Eternal City


American Academy in Rome - Rome Prize
Jeffrey W. Cody
Senior Project Specialist, Field Projects, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Conserving the City by Understanding its Built Landscape: the analysis of urban form by Saverio Muratori, 1910-1973

Booth Family Rome Prize
Bryony Roberts
Assistant Professor, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Projective Preservation: Orthographic Completions of Roman Antiquity


Rolland Rome Prize
Christopher Marcinkoski
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Rome, Empire Building and The City That Never Was

Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize
Alexander Robinson
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture Program, University of Southern California
Director, Landscape Morphologies Lab, Los Angeles, CA
Principal, OOR Landscape Architecture & Planning, Los Angeles, CA
A Projective Picturesque: Reconciling Pictorial with Performance in Landscape Architecture

Garden Club of America Rome Prize
Thaïsa Way
Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
Drawing Histories of Landscape Architecture


John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize, a gift of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman
Will Boast
Lecturer, Committee on Creative Writing, University of Chicago
The Aviary

Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, a gift of the Drue Heinz Trust/American Academy of Arts and Letters
Lysley Tenorio
Associate Professor, Department of English/MFA Program in Creative Writing, Saint Mary’s College of California
Untitled Novel-in-Progress


Millicent Mercer Johnsen Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
Eric Knibbs
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Williams College
The Forging of Pseudo-Isidore

Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
(year one of a two-year fellowship)
John Lansdowne
Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Image Made Flesh: The Micromosaic Man of Sorrows at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
Joshua W. Arthurs
Associate Professor, Department of History, West Virginia University
Forty-Five Days: Experience, Emotion and Memory during the Fall of Mussolini

Chuck Close Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
Katharine McKenney Johnson
Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University
On the Edge: Alberto Burri in Rome, 1946-1960

Rome Prizes in Modern Italian Studies are made possible in part through a grant from the US Department of Education.


Samuel Barber Rome Prize
Christopher Cerrone
Composer, Brooklyn, NY
New Works Inspired by Italian Architecture, Art, and Acoustics

Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize
Nina C. Young
Department of Music, Columbia University
Making Tellus: Sketches of a Cosmogram for the Anthropocene


Phyllis G. Gordan/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
(year two of a two-year fellowship)
Michelle DiMarzo
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome: The Venetian Among the Ruins

Donald and Maria Cox Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize
Adam Foley
Department of History, University of Notre Dame
Roman Homers: The Task of Translating Homer in the Italian Renaissance
National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize

Lauren Jacobi
Assistant Professor, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Across Economic Geographies: Italian Trade Sites outside of the Peninsula, ca. 1250-1550

Lily Auchincloss/ Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize
David E. Karmon
Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross
The Varieties of Architectural Experience: Early Modern Architecture and the Senses


American Academy in Rome - Rome Prize
Mark Boulos
Artist, Geneva, Switzerland and Amsterdam, Holland
Magdalene in Penitence

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize
Emily Jacir
Artist, Professor, International Academy of Art, Palestine
senza titolo (oltremare)

Edith Bloom/Jesse Howard, Jr. Rome Prize
Senam Okudzeto
Artist, New York, NY
Lecturer, Kunsthistorisches Seminar, University of Basel
Afro-Dada Glossolalia

Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize
David Schutter
Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, The University of Chicago
Drawing on Drawing

* Rome Prizes in the Visual Arts are made possible in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


( *Indicates Jury Chair)


Steven J.R. Ellis*, FAAR’13
Associate Professor
Department of Classics
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Eve D’Ambra, FAAR’86, RAAR’05
The Agnes Rindge Claflin Professor of Art History
Art DepartmentVassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

Emma Dench
Professor of the Classics and History, and Director of Graduate Studies (the Classics)
Department of the Classics
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Andrew Feldherr, FAAR’90
Professor of Classics and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Classics
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ


Mary Margaret Jones*, FAAR’98
Senior Principal
Hargreaves Associates
New York, NY

Michael Bierut
New York, NY

Gary Hilderbrand, FAAR’95
Reed Hilderbrand
Cambridge, MA

Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA
Selldorf Architects
New York, NY

Susan Sellers
Head of Design
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY

Adam Yarinsky, FAIA
Architecture Research Office (ARO)
New York, NY


Jorge Otero-Pailos*
Associate Professor of Historic Preservation
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University
New York, NY

Joseph Fronek
Head of Paintings Conservation
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA

Brenda A. Levin, FAIA
President and Principal
Levin & Associates Architects
Los Angeles, CA

Randall Mason, FAAR’13
Associate Professor and Chair, Historic Preservation
School of Design
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


The winners of the Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature are recommended by the Committee for Awards in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

John Guare
Philip Levine
Mark Strand
Joy Williams
Charles Wright


Lisa Fagin Davis*
Executive Director,
The Medieval Academy of America
Cambridge, MA

Dale Kinney, FAAR’72, RAAR’97
Eugenia Chase Guild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Research Professor
Department of the History of Art
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

William P. Stoneman
Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts
Houghton Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Nino Zchomelidse
Assistant Professor
Department of the History of Art
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD


Mia Fuller*, FAAR’98
Associate Professor
Department of Italian Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

David I. Kertzer, RAAR’00
Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies
Watson Institute
Brown University
Providence, RI

Christine Poggi
Department of the History of Art
Italian Section, Department of Romance Languages
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Alexander Stille, AFAAR’09
San Paolo Professor or International Journalism
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
New York, NY


David Lang*, FAAR’91
Professor of Composition
Yale School of Music
New Haven, CT

Sebastian Currier, FAAR’94
New York, NY
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, NJ

Donnacha Dennehy
Assistant Professor
Department of Music
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Annea Lockwood
Crompond, NY

Julia Wolfe
Professor of Music Composition
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University
New York, NY


Christopher S. Celenza*, FAAR’94
Charles Homer Haskins Professor and Chairman
Department of Classics
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Tracy Cooper
Department of Art History
Tyler School of Art
Center for the Arts
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Anthony Cummings, RAAR’12
Professor of Music and Coordinator of Italian Studies
Department of Music
Lafayette College
Easton, PA

Gerard Passannante, FAAR’07
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of Maryland
College Park, MD


Fred Wilson*
New York, NY

Mary Ceruti
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Long Island City, NY

Luis Croquer
Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Collections, and Programs
Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, WA

Lyle Ashton Harris, FAAR’01
Artist and Professor of Art
New York University
New York, NY

Mary Lucier
New York, NY

Amy Sillman, RAAR’15
Artist and ProfessorStaatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule
Frankfurt am Main, Germany