Brendan Gill Prize

Established in 1987 in honor of Brendan Gill, renowned New Yorker theater and architecture critic and long-time MAS Board Member

The Brendan Gill Prize 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.

The 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.

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The 2018 Brendan Gill Prize will be presented on April 11 at Celebrating the City, our annual awards ceremony.

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Left to right: Brendan Gill, Arthur Ross, and Kent Barwick (1988)

2018 Brendan Gill Prize

The 2018 Brendan Gill Prize will be presented to Melissa Rachleff (Inventing Downtown: Artist–Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965) and Julia Wertz (Tenements, Towers, & Trash: An Unconventional Ilustrated History of New York) on April 11 at annual awards ceremony. 

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Melissa Rachleff, Inventing Downtown: Artist–Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965

Julia Wertz, Tenements, Towers, & Trash: An Unconventional Ilustrated History of New York


Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Nonstop Metropolis

Matthew “Levee” Chavez, Subway Therapy


Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, Thomas Kail, and Andy Blankenbuehler, Hamilton: An American Musical

Frederick Wiseman, Inside Jackson Heights


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


Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic, The New York Times


Louis Kahn (posthumously), architect, Four Freedoms Park


John Morse, artist, Curbside Haiku


Michael Van Valkenburgh, landscape architect, Brooklyn Bridge Park


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


Sufjan Stevens, musician, The BQE


Sarah Jones, actress and playwright, Bridge & Tunnel


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


Yoshio Taniguchi, architect, The new Museum of Modern Art


Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author, Random Family

Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan, authors, Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America

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