Brendan Gill Prize

Brendan Gill Prize winners Matthew "Levee" Chavez and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro with juror Patricia Cruz

Brendan Gill Prize winners Matthew “Levee” Chavez (left, Subway Therapy) and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro (center, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas) in conversation with juror Patricia Cruz (right). Photo credit: Vladimir Weinstein.

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.

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.

Call for Nominations: 2018 Brendan Gill Prize

We invite MAS members and friends to submit nominations for the 29th Annual Brendan Gill Prize.

All nominated works must have been completed and produced during the year 2017 (NB: the award is not for a life’s achievement.) The winner of the Gill Prize is selected by a jury of esteemed individuals involved in the arts and culture of the city. The prize will be presented at a ceremony and reception to be held in the spring of 2018.

Deadline for nominations: December 15, 2017, 11:59 PM.

Submit Online

Submit by Email

  • The 2018 Brendan Gill Prize nomination form can be downloaded here .
  • Upon completion, please email your nomination form to Phyllis Cohen at

Submit by Mail

  • The 2018 Brendan Gill Prize nomination form can be downloaded here .
  • Hard copies with background material can be mailed to:
    The Municipal Art Society of New York
    488 Madison Avenue, Suite 1900
    New York, NY 10022
    Attn: Phyllis Cohen


  • For questions about the award, please contact Phyllis Cohen at or (212) 935-3960 x1224.
  • For questions about submitting your nomination online, please contact us at



  • 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
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* Denotes Honorable Mention