Hurry, the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Washington Heights is open to all for a month

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

It's that special time of year: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the honor society of architects, artists, composers and writers based in Washington Heights, is hosting the first of its two annual art shows and opening the doors to its impressive Beaux-Arts buildings on Audubon Terrace.

The 2019 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts will run for one month, starting this Thursday, March 7, and feature the work of 32 contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers and videographers who will be up for various prizes. The Academy will also purchase select pieces and donate them to museums across the country.

The show presents not only a unique opportunity for the pubic to see artists chosen by the prestigious society–the 250-member group includes painter Jasper Johns, writer Joan Didion and playwright Lynn Nottage–but to stroll the rarely-open buildings and visit the Charles Ives Studio, a replica of the modernist composer's Redding, CT, work space.

The Invitational runs from March 7 to April 7 and is open Thursdays to Sundays 1pm to 4pm, so don't dally.

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