NEW YORK, NY.- The National Academy announced today its newly elected members, representing some of the most celebrated in their respective fields. Included are Pritzker Prize laureate Renzo Piano; MacArthur Fellows Mark Bradford, Sarah Sze, Fred Wilson; Rome Prize winners Vito Acconci, Carrie Mae Weems, William Pedersen; and Marina Abramović and Christian Marclay, both recipients of the Golden Lion Award for best artist at the Venice Bienniale.
Elected annually by the full body of over 300 National Academicians, the new members are recognized for their contributions to contemporary American art and architecture. "We are thrilled to welcome these extraordinary new members," says Carmine Branagan, Director. "These remarkable artists and architects are outstanding additions to the Academy's historic membership. For each, their impact and influence on American art and architecture is undeniable."