Freear Receives American Academy of Arts and Letters Award
On May 18, 2016, Andrew Freear received the 2016 Award in Architecture for his work at Rural Studio from the American Academy of Arts & Letters in New York City. Since 1991, these awards have recognized American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. This year’s selection committee was Elizabeth Diller (chairman), Henry N. Cobb, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Cesar Pelli, James Polshek, Robert A. M. Stern, and Tod Williams.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of 250 architects, composers, artists, and writers who continue to encourage creative work in art through the Arts and Letters Awards, which were established in 1941. The Academy's purpose is to foster and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts by identifying and encouraging individual artists. Each year, the Academy honors over 50 recipients with cash awards ranging from $5000 to $75,000. Other Arts and Letters Architecture Award winners this year include: Andrew Berman, Eric Bunge & Mimi Hoang, and Theodore Prudon.
To honor the newly-elected members and recipients of honors and awards, the Academy also hosted an exhibition of paintings, works on paper, videos, photographs, architectural models and renderings, and original manuscripts. Rural Studio’s work was on display from May 19 to June 12. The collection included Timothy Hursley photographs and models of the Newbern Fire Station, Antioch Baptist Church, and Perry Lakes Park projects: Pavilion, Restrooms, Covered Bridge, and Birding Tower.