Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Awards & Prizes


2009 Alma Schapiro Prize Winner

D. Jeffrey Mims

D. Jeffrey Mims, painter and muralist of Southern Pines, North Carolina, is the winner of the ICAA’s second biannual Alma Schapiro Prize. The Alma Schapiro Prize is awarded to advance the career of an artist recipient and to foster and continuity of knowledge of the classical tradition as a vital aspect of contemporary culture around the globe. This prize alternates years with the Rieger-Graham Prize for classical architecture and planning, and is made possible by a permanent Institute endowment granted by the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

Mims said, “The creation of the Alma Schapiro Prize has introduced a new chapter in the history of the American Academy in Rome, and it is an honor to be selected as the recipient for 2009. I hope to use this period in Rome not only to enrich the direction of my own work in fresco and mural painting, but also to encourage at every opportunity a more cohesive intellectual discourse with the many kindred spirits who share this renewed momentum in classical painting, sculpture, and architecture.”

Born in North Carolina in 1954, D. Jeffrey Mims attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. After using a grant from the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation to copy masterworks in European museums, he studied in Florence with the muralist Benjamin F. Long IV. In 1984, Mims received an Arthur Ross Award in Painting.  For more than a decade, Mims maintained studios in Italy and North Carolina, undertaking such major projects as a fresco for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Glendale Springs, NC), an altarpiece for St. David’s Episcopal Church (Baltimore), and murals for Samford University in Birmingham. In 2000, he opened Mims Studios in Southern Pines, NC, offering a multi-year course in the methods and values of classical realist drawing, easel painting, and mural painting. In 2011, Mims Studios became the Academy of Classical Design.

Visit the Classicist blog for D. Jeffrey Mims’ three-part report on his time spent in Rome, including slideshows of the artist’s work and images of the Eternal City.

Click here to view the Aug 2010 Fine Art Connoisseur feature article on the 2009 Alma Schapiro Prize. Gracing the cover of this upcoming issue is D. Jeffrey Mims’ Allegory of Painting.