Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Awards & Prizes


2007 Alma Schapiro Prize Winner

Michael Grimaldi

Gowanus, Demo, Vanitas

Dear Friends,
The ICAA is pleased to announce the selection of the first biannual recipient of the Alma Schapiro Prize which allows a three-month affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Michael Grimaldi emerged from a pool of highly-talented candidates persuading the jury with the depth of his portfolio and experience as well as compelling proposal of study. Chaired by Jacob Collins, the jury consisted of several Institute regulars and a number of friends that included Peter Pennoyer, Janet Ross, Adele Chatfield-Taylor (President of the American Academy in Rome), Alvin Holm, Leonard Porter, Kate Lehman, Michael M. Thomas, and John Morra. I had the pleasure of sitting in ex officio, listening to one of the most enlightened discussions on painting, drawing, and sculpture imaginable.

Michael Grimaldi studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League of New York, the Water Street Atelier in Brooklyn, and the Ecole Albert Defois in France. Michael has spent the last several years teaching at the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts, the School of the Visual Arts in New York City, Studio 126 in New York, and most recently at The Art Students League of New York and the Grand Central Academy of Art of the ICAA. He has exhibited widely throughout the US and abroad, with exhibitions at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco; Hirschl & Adler Gallery, Forum Gallery, Forbes Magazine Collection Gallery, and Arcadia Gallery in New York City; the Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York; and the Musée Montaigue, France.

During his three-month stay at The American Academy in Rome, Michael will be conducting direct research on the works of Italian artists of the Renaissance and Baroque period with particular focus on the paintings of Titian, Caravaggio, Battistello Caracciolo, Annibale Carracci, and the School of Naples. He will then produce a series of drawings and paintings that explore the unique interior and exterior architectural features of Rome, demonstrating the juxtaposition of classical heritage and contemporary culture.

The purpose of the Alma Schapiro Prize is to promote the work of students of classical painting, drawing and sculpture, and to foster the continuity of knowledge of the classical tradition. It has been made possible by the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund and the permanent endowment it contributed. Michael’s Fellowship will begin in September 2007. We wish him all the best during his stay in the Eternal City and look forward to seeing the work he produces at the American Academy.

Victor Deupi
March 2007