The American Academy in Rome yesterday announced the winners of the 117th annual Rome Prize Competition. Winners of the prestigious prize are provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome.
Following the announcement of the Rome Prize winners, Professor David I. Kertzer, RAAR'00, the Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science, and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University gave a talk entitled The Pope Made Me Do It: Mussolini, the Pope, and Fascist Censorship, reflecting on newly opened Vatican archives.
The 2013-2014 Rome Prize winners are:
Among many other fields, these are the two 2013-14 Rome Prize winners in the field of Architecture:
Thomas Kelley (James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize)
Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Partner, Norman Kelley, LLC, Chicago, IL and New York, NY
Economy of Illusions: A (re)Valuation of Rome’s Visual Culture
Catie Newell (Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize)
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Taubman College, University of Michigan
Principal, *Alibi Studio, Detroit, MI
Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, and the Academy have to offer. Forty-four individuals were invited to make up nine peer juries to review the applications this year.