Brendan Gill Prize

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The Brendan Gill Prize

The Brendan Gill Prize, endowed to permit a cash award, is given each year to the creator of a specific work—a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic piece—that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City. Whether the nominated individual or group is well known or just emerging, the goal of the Gill Prize is to draw attention to the varieties of artistic experience that enrich our contemporary life.

Brendan Gill PrizeThe prize was established in 1987 in honor of Brendan Gill by friend and fellow MAS board member Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with board members Helen Tucker and Margot Wellington. The selection of the winner is made by the Brendan Gill jury, an esteemed group of people intimately involved in the arts and culture of the city.

Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Brendan Gill Prize!

Nominations are now open for the 27th Annual Brendan Gill Prize, MAS’s signature award honoring art and culture in our city! All works submitted for consideration must have been produced and completed in 2014. The award celebrates a singular contribution or project, rather than a lifetime of achievement. The winner will be selected by the Brendan Gill jury, an esteemed group of nine experts intimately involved in the arts and literature of the city. The winner of the 2015 Gill Prize will be honored at a ceremony and reception during the MAS Annual Meeting this spring!

Please submit your nomination form via email to pcohen@mas.org before December 16, 2014. If preferred, hard copies with background material can be mailed to MAS at 488 Madison Avenue, Suite 1900, New York, NY, 10022, Attention: Phyllis Cohen.

Download the nomination form (PDF) PDF

Contact

Phyllis Samitz Cohen
Director of Adopt-A-Monument / Mural Programs
cohen[at]mas.org
212-935-3960 x224

Past Winners of the Brendan Gill Prize

2014
Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic, The New York Times

2013
Louis Kahn (posthumously), architect, Four Freedoms Park

2011
John Morse, artist, Curbside Haiku

2010
Michael Van Valkenburgh, landscape architect, Brooklyn Bridge Park

2009
Mike and Doug Starn, artists See it change, see it split

2008
Sufjan Stevens, musician, The BQE

2007
Sarah Jones, actress and playwright, Bridge & Tunnel

2006

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, artists, The Gates, Central Park

2005
Yoshio Taniguchi, architect, The new Museum of Modern Art

2004
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author, Random Family
Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan, authors, Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America

2003
The creative team that conceptualized the Tribute in Light memorial

2002
Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, architects, American Folk Art Museum
Alice Rose George, Gilles Peress, Michael Shulan & Charles Traub, creators, Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs

2001
Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer, Mercurial Manoeuvres
*MTA Arts for Transit, mosaic, For Want of a Nail, West 81st Street station

2000
Maureen Hackett, landscape designer, Redesign of Herald and Greeley Square Parks
*Allison Prete, filmmaker, Lavender Lake: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal
*John Kuo Wei Tchen, author, New York Before Chinatown

1999
Edwin G. Burrows & Mike Wallace, authors, Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898

1998
Frederick Fisher, architect, Remodeling of P.S. 1
*Susan Tunick & Peter Mauss, authors, Terra-Cotta Skyline
*Milo Mottola, artist, Riverbank State Park Carousel
*Phillip Lopate, author, Writing New York: A Literary Anthology

1997
George C. Wolfe, director, Savion Glover, choreographer, Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk

1996
Hugh Hardy, architect, Restoration of The New Victory Theater

1995
Louis Malle, screen director, André Gregory, stage director, Vanya on 42nd Street

1994
Ang Lee, director, The Wedding Banquet

1993
Joseph Mitchell, author, Up in the Old Hotel

1992
John Yau & Bill Barrette, authors, Big City Primer: Reading New York at the End of the Twentieth Century

1991
David Hammons, sculptor, High Falutin’

1990
Gran Fury, AIDS activist collective, Bus poster, Kissing Doesn’t Kill: Greed and Indifference Do

1988
Rudolph Burckhardt, filmmaker, MoMA retrospective on his films

1989
Kevin Roche, architect, Redesign of Central Park Zoo

* Denotes Honorable Mention

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