Leon Grek, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, received the Paul Mellon/Frank Brown Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. David Reinfurt, a lecturer in visual arts and the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the Mark Hampton Rome Prize for design. John Lansdowne, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology, is in his second year with the honor of the Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize for Medieval Studies.
The Rome Prize is awarded annually to a group of artists, designers and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to the American Academy in Rome — a hybrid center for the arts and humanities originally founded in 1894 — where they are provided the time and space to think and pursue their individual work as part of a unique and dynamic international community for six months to two years.
The awards ceremony, held in April in New York City, preceded a discussion and debate on the state of the humanities that included Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam Professor of History.