Corin Hewitt and Dave McKenzie Among Rome Prize Winners


The American Academy in Rome has announced this year’s winners of the Rome Prize. Now in its 118th year, the prize includes a stipend, studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in the Eternal City. Awardees of the six-month and 11-month fellowships receive $16,000 and $28,000 respectively, while winners of the two-year stay receive $28,000 annually.

The winners in the visual arts category include Richmond, Va.-based photographer, sculptor and installation artist Corin Hewitt, 43, and Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based conceptual artist and current Whitney Biennial participant Dave McKenzie, 37. New York-based visual artist and filmmaker Cynthia Madansky and sound artist Abinadi Meza, 36, were also selected.

In the architecture category, the winners are Turkish artist, architect and scholar Firat Erdim and University of Texas at Austin professor Vincent L. Snyder.

Following a national competition presided over by eight jurors, the annual prize is awarded to approximately 30 individuals in several disciplines, including ancient studies, design, literature, musical composition and medieval studies.

Founded in 1894 as the first graduate school of architecture for the United States, the American Academy in Rome bestows prizes to artists and scholars who, according to the academy, represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.