The American Academy of Arts and Letters accounced Visual Arts Faculty Kara Walker as a newly elected member for 2012. Members of the Academy are chosen for life and have included leading figures in American arts, literature and music. They are organized into committees that award annual prizes to help up-and-coming artists.
Sarah Sze, Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts, has been chosen to represent the United States at La Biennale di Venezia in 2013. Her work will be presented by Holly Block and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in the 55th International Art Exhibition.