Brendan Gill Prize

Producer Jeffrey Seller accepts the 2016 Brendan Gill Prize on behalf of the creative team of Hamilton

Producer Jeffrey Seller accepts the 2016 Brendan Gill Prize on behalf of the creative team of “Hamilton”: Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer, lyricist, and actor; Alex Lacamoire, music director; Thomas Kail, director; and Andy Blakenbuehler, choreographer.

2017 Call for Nominations

We invite MAS members and friends to submit nominations for the 28th annual Brendan Gill Prize. The 2017 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.

All submissions must have been completed and produced between January 1 and December 31, 2016. The award is not for a life’s work. The winner of the Gill Prize will be honored at a ceremony and reception at the MAS Annual Meeting in February.

The selection of the winner is made by the Brendan Gill jury, an esteemed group of nine people all intimately involved in the arts and literature of the city.

Please submit entries to MAS by December 16, 2016, through email to pcohen@mas.org. If preferred, hard copies with background material can be mailed to MAS, 488 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10022, attention Phyllis Cohen. Here is the nomination form.

Thank you very much for sharing your suggestions with us. For more information, please check mas.org/brendan-gill or call 212.935.3960, ext. 1224.

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.

2016 Brendan Gill Prize Honorees

On May 11, at The Municipal Art Society Annual Meeting held at the Ford Foundation, the 2016 Brendan Gill Prize was presented to Hamilton: An American Musical and In Jackson Heights. Both works, though profoundly different, celebrated the role of immigrants in shaping the history and culture of New York City. The brashly revolutionary Hamilton and the quietly profound In Jackson Heights each reaffirm New York’s identity as the birthplace of the American dream and a city made stronger by its diversity.

The award to the creative team of Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer, lyricist, actor: Alex Lacamoire, music director; Thomas Kail, director, and Andy Blakenbuehler, choreographer, was accepted on their behalf by the charismatic producer and exhilarating speaker, Jeffrey Seller. The certificate read:

Hamilton, a masterpiece that marries hip-hop and musical theater, ignited renewed excitement about New York City’s role in the American Revolution and the compelling story of our only immigrant funding father, Alexander Hamilton. By combining brilliant stage production, sensational soundtrack, a diverse cast, innovative choreography, Ham4Ham free performances, the musical celebrates the important impact immigrants had had on the history of our city and country.”

The award to filmmaker Frederick Wiseman for In Jackson Heights was accepted on his behalf by Queens Council Member Daniel Dromm who spoke movingly about the film. The certificate read:

To Frederick Wiseman for In Jackson Heights, the thought-provoking and illuminating documentary about New York City’s most ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhood which lends dignity to the importance of one of the most problematic and ongoing chapters in our nation’s history, the conversation about immigration, assimilation and integration, captured through fascinating interview and lively recording of the daily life of people in this community.

Contact

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

Past Winners of the Brendan Gill Prize

2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, Thomas Kail, and Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton: An American Musical
Frederick Wiseman, Inside Jackson Heights

2015
Kara Walker, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby; an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant

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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