2021 Experience Packages

2021 Experience Packages draft


Available for bidding in person at the New York Gala. Shipping and framing will be at the winning bidder’s expense.

Dorothea Rockburne

Reproduction of an abstract Dorothea Rockburne print in red, blue, yellow, and white, with numerous circle shapes and curved lines against a circular cloud-like background
Dorothea Rockburne, Shadowed Perimeter, 2004–2008, etching and silkscreen on Somerset paper, 38 x 50 in.

Dorothea Rockburne (American, born Montreal, Canada, 1932) studied at École des Beaux Arts in Montreal. She moved to the US in 1950 and attended Black Mountain College. She studied with Franz Kline, Philip Guston, Jack Tordoff, Estabar Vicentini, and mathematician Max Dehn. In 2016, she received a doctorate in mathematics at Bowdoin College.

Rockburne (1991 Resident) is featured in the collections at the MoMA, Met, Dia:Beacon, Parrish Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, and Brooklyn Museum, among many others (international and domestic), as well as countless private collections. Commissioned by F.A.P.E. (2007), Rockburne dedicated a mural to Colin Powell for the U.S. embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. Rockburne's recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the MoMA (2013–2014) and Dia:Beacon (2018–on view long term) and group exhibitions at the Met Breuer (2020), Brooklyn Museum (2020), Philadelphia Museum of Art (2020–2021), the Centre Pompidou (2021), and the Guggenheim Museo Bilbao (2021–2022). Rockburne received the Guggenheim Fellowship (1972), Induction into American Academy of Arts and Letters (2001), Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy (2009), appointed to Vice-President for Art 2015–2018 on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and honored at Guild Hall (2020).

Value: $25,000
Opening bid: $15,000

Lyle Ashton Harris

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Lyle Ashton Harris, Ready-Made, 2001, archival pigment on kozo paper, 40 x 33 in., edition 6 of 10

Born in the Bronx in 1965, Lyle Ashton Harris (2001 Fellow) has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photography and collage to installation and performance art. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Harris has been widely exhibited internationally, including most recently in “Lyle Ashton Harris: Ektachrome Archive” at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami. A solo exhibition of his works spanning three decades will be presented by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in 2022. Harris is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London, UK, among many others. Harris is a Professor of Art at New York University and lives in New York. His book Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs was published by Aperture in 2017.

Value: $25,000
Opening bid: $15,000

Carrie Mae Weems

Black and white photograph by Carrie Mae Weems showing the Cestius Pyramid on the left and a woman on the right
Carrie Mae Weems, Pyramids of Rome - Ancient Rome, 2006, digital c-print, 73 x 61 in. (framed), Edition L4 of 5, with 2 artist proofs

Carrie Mae Weems (2006 Fellow) is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery and is currently the Artist in Residence at Syracuse University.  She lives in Syracuse, New York with her husband Jeffrey Hoone who directed Light Work for almost four decades.

Weems has received a multitude of awards, grants, and fellowships including the MacArthur Award and the National Endowment of the Arts, among many others. Major solo exhibitions of Carrie’s work include Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2014), Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, and The Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013–2014.

She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Tate Modern, London, England; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Value: $72,000
Opening bid: $50,000

Ann Hamilton

Color reproduction of a print by Ann Hamilton depicting the closeup bodies of three small birds on two brown rectangles
Ann Hamilton, Green-barred Woodpecker, 2021, five-color lithograph, two panels, overall 36 x 42⅝ in. (91.4 x 108.3 cm), edition of 30

Ann Hamilton (2017 Resident) is a visual artist internationally recognized for her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Responsive to the contingencies of the sites where she works, her recurring forms—cloth, texts spoken and written, animals, and people suspended or in motion—immerse viewers in an atmosphere both visceral and literary, individual and collective, animate and inanimate, silent and spoken.

Born in Lima, Ohio, in 1956, Ann Hamilton received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale School of Art in 1985. From 1985 to 1991, she taught on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hamilton has served on the faculty of The Ohio State University since 2001, where she is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art.

Value: $4,800
Opening bid: $3,600

Martin Puryear

Reproduction of a Martin Puryear print depicting the schematic outline of a flexible jug
Martin Puryear, Jug, 2001, spitbite aquatint etching with drypoint and chine colle, Edition: TPI, printed on Somerset white paper, image size: 24 x 18 in., paper size: 35 x 28 in.

Martin Puryear (1998 Resident) was born in Washington, DC, in 1941. His first one-person exhibition was in 1968, and since then he has exhibited throughout the world, including public commissions in Europe, Asia, and the United States. His work was featured in Documenta 9, and in 1989 he represented the United States at the São Paulo Bienal, where he was awarded the festival’s Grand Prize. In 2007 the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a survey of his work, which traveled to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. In 2015 the Art Institute of Chicago organized an exhibition of fifty years of his works on paper, which traveled to the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. Puryear received a MacArthur Foundation award in 1989 and a National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2011. In 2019 he represented the United States at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Value: $15,000
Opening bid: $10,500


Experience Packages

Available for bidding in person at the New York Gala.

In the Music Studio with Composer Nico Muhly

Join the world-renowned American composer Nico Muhly (2018 Resident) in his New York City studio for a festive evening of live music, composed and performed by Academy figures across generations.

Nico Muhly, born in 1981, is an American composer who writes orchestral music, works for the stage, chamber music and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys (2011), and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Tallis Scholars, and King’s College, Cambridge, among others. He is a collaborative partner at the San Francisco Symphony and has been featured at the Barbican and the Philharmonie de Paris as composer, performer, and curator. An avid collaborator, he has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bobbi Jene Smith at the Juilliard School, Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham at New York City Ballet; artists Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake and Paul Simon. His work for film includes scores for The Reader (2008) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), and the BBC adaptation of Howards End (2017). Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008).

Value: $15,000
Opening bid: $7,500

Color photograph of the head and shoulders of Nico Muhly, smiling and looking at the camera
Nico Muhly

Terms and Conditions: Scheduling is subject to availability. Visitors must be in touch with the Development Office at least three months in advance of their desired date to coordinate the experience. The visit is valid for up to twelve adults. Package must be used within one year of purchase.

Roman Holiday

Prepare yourself for the ultimate insider’s view of Rome. Enjoy accommodations for two nights for up to six people in our seventeenth-century Villa Aurelia, an architectural jewel with 3.8 acres of gardens and panoramic views of the eternal city. Savor a special lunch prepared by the Rome Sustainable Food Project with Academy Fellows and Residents.  Embark on a private, customized tour of Rome’s famed historic sites with the Academy’s Director, art historian Elizabeth Rodini. Enjoy the opportunity to organize a private dinner for friends, or a corporate event, at the Villa Aurelia with no rental fee.

Value: $20,000
Opening bid: $10,000

Color photograph of the main Villa Aurela building in Rome
Villa Aurelia at the American Academy in Rome

Terms and Conditions: Scheduling is subject to availability at the Villa. Visitors must be in touch with the Development Office at least three months in advance of their desired date to coordinate the visit. The visit is valid for two adults. AAR is not able to accommodate children or larger families. Selection of the room will be at the discretion of AAR management. Please note that there may be events taking place at the Villa during the stay as the Villa is a rental venue. Additional charges apply to host a private dinner at the Villa Aurelia. Package must be used within one year of purchase.

Venice: Past and Present

Experience Venice through the centuries and across perspectives. Start with the work of Save Venice, whose current restorations range from Titian’s masterpiece in the church of the Frari, The Assumption of the Virgin (The Assunta), to the Italian Synagogue in the Jewish Ghetto. Moving to the twentieth century, a private tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection with Director Karole P. B. Vail will act as a foundation for a visit to the 59th Venice Biennale, where the work of Simon Leigh will fill the American pavilion.

Value: $20,000
Opening bid: $10,000

Aerial view of Venice featuring the Piazza San Marco
Aerial view of Venice featuring the Piazza San Marco (photograph by canmandawe)

Terms and Conditions: Good for up to six people. Tours must be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Monday–Friday, excluding national holidays. Some summer blackout dates may apply. Package must be used within one year of purchase.

Wine, Art & Architecture: the Antinori Legacy in Chianti Classico

Enjoy a private tour of Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery followed by an exclusive tour of the famed Tignanello Estate cellar and an exquisite lunch with wine pairings in the private Antinori family Villa Tignanello.

Value: $12,000
Opening bid: $6,000

Color photograph showing an aerial view of the grounds of the Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery
Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery

Terms and Conditions: Scheduling is subject to availability. Purchaser must be in touch at least three months in advance of their desired date to coordinate the visit. The visit is valid for up to eight adults. Package must be used within one year of purchase.

Rossellini’s “Rome, Open City” with A.O. Scott

New York Times critic at large A.O. Scott (2020 Resident) invites you to a screening of Roberto Rossellini’s 1945 masterpiece Rome, Open City, a founding document of neorealism and a perennially fascinating movie for anyone interested in Rome, Italian cinema, and film history, followed by a conversation about the film.

Value: $10,000
Opening bid: $5,000

Still from Roberto Rossellini's film "Rome, Open City" showing a man in profile on the left and a woman facing forward on the right
A still from Roberto Rossellini’s film Rome, Open City (1945)

Terms and Conditions: The screening and discussion for up to ten guests in person or via Zoom, depending on the location and preferences of the winning bidder. Package must be used within one year of purchase.


Support Opportunities

Available for purchase in person at the New York Gala or online at any time.

Support Rome Prize Fellowships

Rome Prize Fellows working across eleven academic and artistic disciplines pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom and interdisciplinary exchange. Each year, about thirty artists and scholars live and work together on Rome’s Janiculum Hill, exploring projects and themes as diverse as medieval piracy to fascist monuments to the musicality of ancient aqueducts. By supporting this program—truly at the heart of the Academy's mission—you help to ensure the continued vitality of this precious resource for artists and scholars.


Color photograph of Pamela Z performing a sound art installation in the Cryptoporticus of the American Academy in Rome; she is standing in front of a music stand, and audience members are sitting on the ground to her left and right
Pamela Z (2020 Fellow) performs at Cinque Mostre 2020: Convergence (photograph by Giorgio Benni)

Rome Sustainable Food Project

Founded by Alice Waters, the Rome Sustainable Food Project is a collaborative dining program that nourishes and supports both work and conviviality. As such, it is an extension of the Academy’s intellectual and humanistic values. Make a gift to support the RSFP’s sustainable kitchen, garden, internship program, equipment maintenance, local and organic food supplies, and much more.


Color photograph of tortellini with tomato sauce on a white plate
A dish served up by the Rome Sustainable Food Project

A Greener Academy

Propel the AAR on its path to environmental sustainability by supporting our green initiatives. We have made progress by installing solar panels in 2021, and need further support to update light fixtures with energy efficient LED bulbs, and to upgrade to zoned heating and hot water for more intelligent usage in our historic McKim, Mead & White Building.


Color photograph of the Bass Garden at the American Academy in Rome, with the McKim, Mead & White Building in the background
A view of the Bass Garden at the American Academy in Rome

Fellows Project Fund

The Fellows Project Fund enriches the practical experience of Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows by funding collaborative work. By making funds available to participate in symposia, exhibitions, site-specific installations and other projects with a public component, the Fellows Project Fund facilitates cross-disciplinary work and the dissemination of scholarly and artistic production.


Color photograph of Bryony Roberts's performance at the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, with performers on the plaza surrounded by onlookers
Corpo Estraneo was collaboration between 2016 Fellow Bryony Roberts and dancer/choreographer Melissa Lohman at the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, created with support from the Fellows Project Fund (photograph by Claudia Pajewski)