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The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic social community.
A leading overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities, the American Academy in Rome has for over 118 years offered support, time, and a collaborative environment to some of America's most gifted artists and scholars. Through a national juried competition, the Academy annually offers up to 30 Rome Prize fellowships in architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, and the visual arts; as well as in ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and early-modern studies, and modern Italian studies. The Academy also appoints Italian Fellows in the arts and humanities. The Fellows, who live in a dynamic and interactive community set high up on the Janiculum, are joined by a select group of Residents ‒ distinguished artists and scholars invited by the Director. Many Fellows and Residents have had a significant influence in the world of art, music, culture, literature, scholarship, and education.
Founded in 1894 and chartered as a private institution by an act of Congress in 1905, the Academy remains today, as it has been from the start, supported by gifts and grants from individuals, foundations, and corporations, by net proceeds of annual fundraising events in both New York and Rome, and by the membership fees of leading American colleges, universities, and other organizations concerned with the arts and humanities. Of the approximately 30 national academies in Rome, the American Academy alone operates without a line item from its government, and is mostly privately funded, with its only public support derived from competitive grants from the NEH, the NEA, and, from time to time, the Department of Education, as well as targeted program support from the United States Department of State.
The American Academy in Rome is a not-for-profit tax-exempt entity incorporated in the state of New York. The New York office has a 12-person staff that, in addition to coordinating and managing the Rome Prize competition annually, coordinates all fund raising, investment management, and governance organization, and all planning, maintenance, and historic preservation in respect to the 11-acre property in Rome.