Founders of Dream the Combine and MOS Architects among winners of the 2022–23 Rome Prize

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Founders of Dream the Combine and MOS Architects among winners of the 2022–23 Rome Prize

The McKim, Mead & White-designed American Academy in Rome (Jill Laurie Goodman/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)

A fresh cohort of 38 American creatives have been bestowed with the gift of “time and space to think and work” and will be headed to the Eternal City this September as recipients of the American Academy in Rome (AAR)’s 2022–2023 Rome Prize.

Awarded annually to fellows working across a range of 11 different disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, design, and historic preservation and conservation, the Rome Prize that includes a stipend, workspace, and room-and-board at the Academy’s historic 11-acre campus on the Gianicolo. The Academy, a prestigious research and arts institution domestically headquartered in New York City, was first established in 1894 under the leadership of architect Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White.

Rome Prize winners are selected by independent juries of distinguished artists and scholars through a national competition.

Among the just-announced 2022–2023 fellows are Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, founding principals of Minneapolis- and Ithaca, New York–based creative practice Dream The Combine (Newsom and Carruthers are also on the curatorial team of the 2023 Counterpublic Triennial in St. Louis); Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, principals and founders of New York City-based MOS Architects; Monica Rhodes, Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; Los Angeles-based landscape designer and accessibility specialist Alexa Vaughn; Katherine Jenkins and Parker Sutton, co-founding principals of Columbus, Ohio–based landscape architecture studio Present Practice; and Preeti Chopra, a professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, whose research is focused on South Asian architecture and urbanism.

In addition to the 2022–2023 Rome Prizes, the Academy has also announced the four recipients of the Italian Fellows, a complementary program in which Italian scholars and artists are invited to live and work at the Academy alongside their American counterparts. As detailed by the Academy, this cycle of the Rome Prize competition received 909 applications, with applicants representing 47 states. Like last year, this cycle marks one of the most diverse groups of fellows in the Prize’s history, with approximately 46 percent of the winners identifying as people of color. (In 2021–2022, the figure was 44 percent). Twenty-four percent of the Rome Prize winners were born outside the United States, and the average age of the incoming cohort is 43.

“This year’s Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows represents the diversity of the United States, and their projects build on the Academy’s commitment to the global impact of the arts and humanities,” said Mark Robbins, president and CEO of the AAR in a statement. “These fellowships are transformative, and we look forward to seeing the ways this experience is translated in the work to come.”

Below is the full list of Rome Prize winners organized by discipline along with the 2022–2023 Italian Fellows. Following that is a list of jurors for each respective discipline. An in-person prize ceremony, the annual Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, was held yesterday the Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City.

Now, without further ado…here are this year’s class of Rome Prize fellows and Italian Fellows:

2022 Rome Prize Fellowship Winners and Jurors

Ancient Studies  

Andrew Heiskell Rome Prize:
Sarah Beckmann
Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles
The Villa in Late Antiquity: Roman Ideals and Local Identities

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Rome Prize:
Emily L. Hurt
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Yale University
Palimpsest Cities of the Roman Empire

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize:
Evan Jewell
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University, Camden
Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire (149 BCE–68 CE)

Arthur Ross Rome Prize:
Andrew R. Lund
PhD Candidate, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati
Seneca Comicus: Comic Enrichment and the Reception of the seruus callidus in Senecan Tragedy

Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Emeline Hill Richardson Rome Prize:
Lillian Clare Sellati
PhD Candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
When Is Herakles Not Himself? Intentional Iconographic Slippage in Greater Central Asia, 330 BCE to 230 CE


Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize:
Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample
Principals and Founders, MOS Architects, New York
Corviale: One-Kilometer-Long Social Housing

Rome Prize in Architecture:
Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers
Founding Principals, Dream The Combine, Minneapolis; Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of the Practice, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University
Wandering Stars, Vanishing Points: Overwriting Spatial Imaginaries of Rome


Rolland Rome Prize:
John Davis
Pianist, Brooklyn
Keys to the Highway: Nineteenth-Century African American Pianists on the Road to Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize:
Jasmine Hearn and Athena Kokoronis
Designers, Brooklyn

Historic Preservation and Conservation:

Suzanne Deal Booth Rome Prize:
Preeti Chopra
Professor, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Historic Preservation, British Monuments, and the Legacy of Ancient Rome in Modern India

Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize:
Monica Rhodes
Loeb Fellow, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Preservation and Public Engagement

Landscape Architecture

Gilmore D. Clark and Michael I. Rapuano/Kate Lancaster Brewster Rome Prize:
Katherine Jenkins and Parker Sutton
Principals, Present Practice, Columbus, Ohio; and Assistant Professors of Landscape Architecture, Knowlton School, Ohio State University
Roman Aesthetics of Care

Garden Club of America/Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize:
Alexa Vaughn, ASLA
Landscape Designer and Accessibility Specialist, Los Angeles
Sorda Nella Città Eterna | Deaf in the Eternal City: Deaf and Disabled Storytelling and Creative Investigations in the Aesthetic Intersections of Accessibility and Historic Preservation in Roman Landscapes


John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize, a gift of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman:
Gina Apostol
Teacher, Department of English, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
The Treatment of Paz (novel)

Rome Prize in Literature:
Jamel Brinkley
Assistant Professor, Fiction, Program in Creative Writing, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa
Another Life: A Novel

Rome Prize in Literature:
Tung-Hui Hu
Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Michigan
Punishment, an Index

Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, a gift of the Drue Heinz Trust:
Robyn Schiff
Professor, Department of English, Emory University
Information Desk: An Epic

Medieval Studies

Donald and Maria Cox/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Rome Prize:
Lamia Balafrej
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
Corporeal Instruments: Art, Technology, and Slavery in the Medieval Mediterranean

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Rome Prize:
Denva E. Gallant
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Delaware
Illustrating the Vitae Patrum: The Rise of the Eremitic Ideal in Fourteenth-Century Italy

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize:
Carolyn J. Quijano
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University
Foreign Magistracies and Accountability in the Medieval Italian Communes, c. 1200–1400

Modern Italian Studies

Lily Auchincloss Rome Prize:
Saskia K. Verlaan
PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Between Drawing and Script: Asemic Writing by Feminist Artists in Italy 1968–1980

Millicent Mercer Johnsen/National Endowment for the Humanities Rome Prize:
Konstantina Zanou
Assistant Professor, Department of Italian, Columbia University
Soldiers of Fortune: Two Brothers and the Adventures of Antiquities from the Ottoman Mediterranean to Gilded Age New York

Musical Composition

Luciano Berio Rome Prize:
Miya Masaoka
Associate Professor and Director, Sound Art, School of the Arts, Columbia University
The Horizon Leans Forward for the International Contemporary Ensemble

Elliott Carter Rome Prize:
Christopher Stark
Associate Professor, Department of Music, Washington University in St. Louis
Piano Trio

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Paul Mellon Rome Prize:
Elizabeth G. Elmi
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Inscribing the Self in Occupied Southern Italy: Culture, Politics, and Identity in Lyric Song Practices of the Aragonese-Ruled Kingdom of Naples

Marian and Andrew Heiskell Rome Prize:
Stephanie Leitzel
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University
Economies of Color: Italian Capitalists, Dye Commerce, and the Making of a Global Economy (1450–1650)

National Endowment for the Humanities Rome Prize:
S. Elizabeth Penry
Associate Professor, Department of History, Fordham University
The Italian Renaissance in Diaspora: Jesuit Education and Indigenous Modernities

Visual Arts

Rome Prize in Visual Arts:
Tony Cokes
Professor, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
The Daily Practice of Representation: The Artist and the Studio

Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize:
Todd Gray
Artist, Los Angeles and Akwidaa, Ghana
the hidden order of the whole

Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize:
Ester Partegàs
Artist, New York
Breathing Structures

Abigail Cohen Rome Prize:
Elle Perez
Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Harvard University

Philip Guston Rome Prize:
Ioana M. Uricaru
Associate Professor, Department of Film and Media Culture, Middlebury College

Philip Guston Rome Prize:
Bradford M. Young
Owner and Cinematographer, Bradford Young DP, Baltimore
Untitled GYMR

Italian Fellows

Franco Zeffirelli Italian Fellow:
Edward Loss
Jean François Malle Fellow, I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
The Pope as a Spymaster: Papacy, Espionage, and Institutions of Information Gathering of Late Medieval Italy (Late Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries)

Marcello Lotti Italian Fellow in Music:
Marco Momi
Music Composer, Perugia
Community Concerto

Enel Foundation Italian Fellow in Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture:
Alessandro Mulazzani
Landscape Architect, Venice
The Sea of Rome: A Quest for a Coastal Sustainable Landscape

Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT Italian Fellow in Visual Arts:
Alice Visentin
Visual Artist, Turin

Terra Foundation Fellow

Anna E. Arabindan-Kesson
Assistant Professor, Departments of African American Studies and Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
A Dream of Italy: Black Geographies and the Grand Tour


Ancient Studies 

Emily Greenwood, Jury Chair
Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Classics and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
Seth Bernard (2011 Fellow)
Associate Professor, Department of Classics, University of Toronto
Jane D. Chaplin
James I. Armstrong Professor of Classics, Eve Adler Department of Classics, Middlebury College
Allison L. C. Emmerson (2019 Fellow)
Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies, Tulane University
Jinyu Liu
Professor, Department of Classical Studies, DePauw University


Michael Bierut, Jury Chair (2016 Resident)
Partner, Pentagram, New York
J. Yolande Daniels (2004 Fellow)
Principal, studioSUMO; and Associate Professor, Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Felecia Davis
Principal, Felecia Davis Studio; and Associate Professor of Architecture, College of Arts and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University
Gary Hilderbrand (1995 Fellow, 2018 Resident)
Principal, Reed-Hilderbrand, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Peter Louis Hornbeck Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Walter J. Hood (1997 Fellow, 2014 Resident)
Creative Director, Hood Design Studio, Berkeley; and Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, University of California, Berkeley
Calvin Tsao (2010 Resident)
Principal, Tsao & McKown Architects, New York

Historic Preservation and Conservation

Thompson M. Mayes, Jury Chair (2014 Fellow)
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC
Amy Freitag
Executive Director, J. M. Kaplan Fund, New York
Stella Nair (2017 Fellow)
Associate Professor, Indigenous Arts of the Americas, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
Cristina Puglisi
Conservator and Senior Project Manager, Integrated Conservation Resources and Integrated Conservation Contracting (ICR-ICC), New York


Bruce Smith, Jury Chair (2016 Resident)
Professor, Department of English, Syracuse University
Alexandra Kleeman (2021 Fellow)
Assistant Professor of Writing, Creative Writing Program, New School
Yiyun Li
Professor of Creative Writing, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University
Mary Jo Salter
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University

Medieval Studies

William Connell, Jury Chair
Professor of History and La Motta Endowed Chair in Italian Studies, Department of History, Seton Hall University
Susan Boynton (1999 Fellow)
Professor of Music (Historical Musicology), Department of Music, Columbia University
Joshua O’Driscoll
Assistant Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Morgan Library and Museum
Joëlle Rollo-Koster
Professor of Medieval History, Department of History, University of Rhode Island
Teofilo F. Ruiz (2020 Resident)
Distinguished Research Professor (emeritus), Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles

Modern Italian Studies

Silvana Patriarca, Jury Chair
Professor of History, Department of History, Fordham University
Sean S. Anderson (2005 Fellow)
Director, Undergraduate BArch Program and Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Cornell University
Leslie Cozzi (2018 Fellow)
Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Baltimore Museum of Art
Shelleen Greene
Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, University of California, Los Angeles
Gaoheng Zhang
Associate Professor, Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia

Musical Composition

Andrew Norman, Jury Chair (2007 Fellow)
Professor of Composition, Juilliard School
Chen Yi
Lorena Searcy Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor of Composition, Conservatory, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Vittorio Montalti (2014 Italian Fellow)
Professor of Composition, Potenza Conservatory
Augusta Read Thomas
University Professor of Composition, Department of Music, University of Chicago
Barbara White
Professor, Department of Music, Princeton University

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Estelle Lingo, Jury Chair
Professor of Art History and Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Chair in the Arts, School of Art, Art History, and Design, University of Washington, Seattle
Susanna Berger
Associate Professor of Art History and Philosophy, University of Southern California
Margaret Meserve (2007 Fellow)
Glynn Family Honors Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Notre Dame
Jessie Ann Owens
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Music, University of California, Davis
Nicholas Terpstra (2019 Affiliated Fellow)
Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto

Visual Arts

Kate Fowle, Jury Chair
Director, MoMA PS1
E. V. Day (2017 Fellow)
Artist, New York
Allen Frame (2018 Fellow)
Artist and Adjunct Professor, Photography MFA, Pratt Institute
Rashid Johnson
Artist, New York
Carrie Mae Weems (2006 Fellow)
Artist and University Artist in Residence, Syracuse University

Terra Foundation Fellowship

John Davis – Jury Chair
President, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts
Diana Greenwold
Lunder Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution
Margaretta Lovell
Professor, Jay D. McEvoy Jr. Professor of American Art and Architecture, Department of Art History, University of California, Berkeley