Anna Arabindan-Kesson and Michael Meredith Awarded Rome Prize in Arts and Humanities

May 11, 2022

Princeton faculty members Anna Arabindan-Kesson (Art & Archaeology, African American Studies) and Michael Meredith (Architecture) have been awarded the 2022-23 Rome Prize, which supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities. Recipients are invited to pursue their work at the American Academy in Rome, a global hub for artists and scholars. 

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.

This year, 38 American and four Italian artists and scholars received the fellowship.

Arabindan-Kesson is an assistant professor of art and archaeology and African American studies. Her research and teaching focus on Black diasporic art, with an emphasis on histories of race, empire and medicine in the 19th century. The American Academy in Rome named Arabindan-Kesson a Terra Foundation Fellow for her project “A Dream of Italy: Black Geographies and the Grand Tour.”

Meredith is associate dean and professor of the School of Architecture. Along with his co-recipient, Hilary Sample, he is a principal and founder of MOS, an internationally recognized architecture practice based in New York. Meredith and Sample were awarded the Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize in architecture for their project “Corviale: One-Kilometer-Long Social Housing.”

Three Princeton faculty members served as jurors. Emily Greenwood (Classics, University Center for Human Values) served as jury chair in the category of ancient studies. Yiyun Li (Lewis Center for the Arts) served as a juror in the category of literature. Barbara White (Music) served as a juror in the category of musical composition.

The winners were presented during an in-person ceremony April 25 at Cooper Union in New York City.

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