McKim Medal Gala

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A scene from the 2019 McKim Medal Gala, honoring Luca Guadagnino and Paola Antonelli (photograph by Gerardo Gaetani)

2021 Gala

The 2021 McKim Medal Gala has been set for Wednesday, June 9. Please save the date and stay tuned for more updates. We hope you will join us next year.

For more information, please contact Wendy Fisher at w.fisher [at] or 212-751-7200, ext. 352, or Inga Clausing at i.clausing [at]

2020 Gala

Due to the ongoing situation related to the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 McKim Medal Gala, originally set for June 10, has been canceled.

The loss of the funds that would have been raised by this special evening has had a significant financial impact on our institution. If you were planning to support the 2020 McKim Medal Gala celebrating 125 years of the Academy, please consider making a contribution at this time.

Proceeds from the McKim Medal Gala 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.


Gala Chair

Maria Teresa Venturini Fendi

Honorary Gala Chairs

Mrs. Lewis M. Eisenberg
Ginerva Elkann Gaetani

Founding Gala Chair

Verdella Caracciolo De Benedictis

Dinner Committee

Alessia Antinori
Mercedes T. Bass
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
Ines Torlonia Theodoli Clarke
Soledad Twombly
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Mafalda von Hessen
Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis

Past Galas

Learn more about past Academy benefits, including the McKim Medal Gala, the New York Gala, and the Cabarets.