American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust
The American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust (AARAT) was incorporated in 1983 as an autonomous 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organisation with its own Trustees and Staff based in New York City. AARAT fulfils the duel mission of raising visibility as well as financial support for the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Movie poster for 'Miral', a film by Julian Schnabel Hon. RA (AARAT's 2011 John Singleton Copely Award recipient) An American presence in the work and personality of the Royal Academy has been significant from its inception. One of the founding members and its second President was the Philadelphia painter Benjamin West. To this day, the Royal Academy inducts exemplary artists who reside outside of the UK as Honorary Royal Academicians. Today Americans include; Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, IM Pei, Richard Serra, Frank O. Gehry, Ellsworth Kelly, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell, Daniel Libeskind, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel and Cindy Sherman.
If you wish to contribute to the RA in USD via AARAT you may do so through the information at the bottom of this page. This is open to individuals, foundations and corporations.
The American Associates support:
- Preservation of historic Burlington House and its renovation projects
- Preservation and expansion of the Library, Archives and Collections
- The RA Schools
- The renovation of 6 Burlington Gardens
- Various exhibitions
Stephen Farthing RA, 'Red Dress', 2006, Acrylic on canvas, 13.5 x 17.5 inches, 2011 AARAT Auction donation In 1769, the Royal Academy’s first president, Sir Joshua Reynolds, declared with admirable optimism: ‘…..one advantage, I will venture to affirm we shall have in our Academy, which no other nation can boast. We shall have nothing to unlearn’. Over 200 years later the same spirit of open-mindedness and acceptance of the new still animates the Royal Academy. We at AARAT are proud to support this unique institution. Please join us!
Visit the AARAT website for more information:
Kathleen B. Hearst, Executive Director
American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust (AARAT)
555 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
New York, NY 10022