Brendan Gill Prize

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

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.

Brendan Gill Prize
Left to right: Brendan Gill, Arthur Russ, and Kent Barwick. 1988.

2018 Brendan Gill Prize

The open call for nominations for the 2018 Brendan Gill Prize is now closed. Winners will be announced in February.

Recipients

2017

Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Nonstop Metropolis

Matthew “Levee” Chavez, Subway Therapy

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

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Monument restored by Adopt-A-Monument
1987

Adopt-A-Monument

In response to the deterioration of many of New York City’s outdoor statues and public murals in hospitals, schools and libraries, and the limited resources to preserve them, MAS (in partnership with NYC Parks and the Public Design Commission) launches the Adopt-A-Monument program to raise private funds for the conservation and maintenance of public art.

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