American Academy in Rome establishes new prize with $3 million gift

May 20, 2019 684

The American Academy in Rome has received a $3 million gift from Musa and Thomas Mayer. The donation was made in honor of Musa’s father, artist Philip Guston, a former Rome Prize winner. With the funds, the academy will establish a new fellowship, the Philip Guston Rome Prize in Visual Arts.

“When my father was awarded the Rome Prize in 1948, he was at a crucial juncture in his painting,” said Musa. “In 1970, an extended stay at the Academy offered the distance and perspective he needed, allowing him to continue painting unencumbered by the rejection of the New York art world. 

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