“The creation of the Alma Schapiro Prize introduces a new chapter in the history of the American Academy in Rome, and it is an honor to be selected as the recipient for 2009. I hope to use this period in Rome not only to enrich the direction of my own work in fresco and mural painting, but also to encourage at every opportunity a more cohesive intellectual discourse with the many kindred spirits who share this momentum toward the classical in painting, sculpture and architecture.”
~ D. Jeffrey Mims
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America is pleased to announce the winner of its second bi-annual Alma Schapiro Prize: painter and muralist, D. Jeffrey Mims of Southern Pines, North Carolina. The Alma Schapiro Prize is awarded to advance the career of an artist recipient and to foster the continuity of knowledge of the classical tradition as a vital aspect of contemporary culture around the globe.
Mims has been awarded this three-month affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the premier American overseas center for independent study and research in the fine arts and humanities. While in Rome, Mims will primarily study and draw inspiration from the rich local collections of Renaissance and Baroque fresco paintings with their unparalleled concentration of decorative traditions, both figurative and ornamental.
Jacob Collins, director of the ICA&CA’s fine arts division, says, “Jeffrey Mims has been at the forefront of the revival of classical art for the last 20 years. He has made great contributions as an artistic leader as well as a teacher. His school, Mims Studios, plays an important role in the training of young classical artists. We are delighted and honored to be able to offer the Alma Schapiro Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome to him.”
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism, and the allied arts.