American Academy of Arts and Letters recognizes Thaddeus Mosley and Reggie Burrows Hodges
May 19, 2021, 7 pm EDT
The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the 18 artists who will receive its 2021 awards in art. Due to the pandemic, the awards will be acknowledged on May 19 during the Academy’s online Ceremonial. The art prizes and purchases, totaling $500,000, honor both established and emerging artists. The award winners were chosen from a group of 125 artists who had been invited to submit work. The members of this year’s award committee were: Catherine Murphy (Chair), Nicole Eisenman, Ann Hamilton, Philip Pearlstein, Judy Pfaff, Joel Shapiro, Amy Sillman, Kiki Smith, and Terry Winter
Arts and Letters Awards in Art
Eleven awards of $10,000 each to honor exceptional accomplishment and encourage creative work.
Suzanne Bocanegra • Lisa Corinne Davis •
Coco Fusco • Suzanne Joelson • Thaddeus Mosley •
Aki Sasamoto • Ming Smith • Elizabeth Tubergen •
Marie Watt • Dyani White Hawk • Carment Winant
Jacob Lawrence Awards in Art
Two awards of $10,000 each to visual artists.
Lauren Halsey • Reggie Burrows Hodges
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Early members include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, Edward MacDowell, Theodore Roosevelt, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Singer Sargent, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton. The Academy’s 300 members are elected for life and pay no dues. In addition to electing new members as vacancies occur, the Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.