January 29, 2019

Elizabeth Rodini Appointed Art Director of the American Academy in Rome

ROME, ITALY—The American Academy in Rome (AAR) announced that scholar and curator Elizabeth Rodini will join the institution as its next arts director. Rodini succeeds Peter Benson Miller and will begin her three-year term on July 1. Miller will stay on as curator for the academy’s upcoming 125th-anniversary year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Rodini as the next Heiskell Arts Director in Rome,” said AAR director John Ochsendorf. “As both an accomplished curator of contemporary art and a scholar of Italian art history, she will be an invaluable resource for our community in exploring the past and future of the arts in Italy.”

Rodini comes to the academy from Johns Hopkins University, where she is founding director of the Program in Museums and Society and a faculty member in the department of the history of art. She recently held adjunct curatorial positions at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum in Maryland and has taught at New York University, the University of Chicago, and Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Rodini was a curator at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.

“The American Academy in Rome was born of the interdisciplinary energy and expansive institutional vision that has long inspired me, and few cities can match Rome as a creative resource,” said Rodini. “I look forward to this new role and to helping advance the work of Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows.”

Founded in 1894, the privately funded institution offers the Rome Prize Fellowship and Italian Fellowships to a select group of artists and scholars annually, after an application process that begins each fall. The winners are invited to Rome to pursue their work in the fields of literature, music composition, visual arts, architecture, landscape architecture, design, and historic preservation and conservation, as well as ancient, medieval, Renaissance, early modern, and modern Italian studies.

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