Amy Meyers is honored for her leadership and vision

Amy Meyers
(Photo by Michael Marsland)

Amy Meyers, director of the Yale Center for British Art, has been awarded a 2017 Soane Foundation Honor in recognition of her leadership.

The honor by the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation was presented on Sept. 27 in the Rainbow Room in New York City. Every year the foundation celebrates Sir John Soane’s contributions as an architect and educator by bestowing Soane Foundation Honors on present-day innovators, leaders, and visionaries in the fields of architecture, design, urban planning, museums, architectural education, and philanthropy at a celebratory gala dinner.

Amy embodies the spirit of Sir John Soane,” said Lisa Ackerman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the World Monuments Fund, in her presentation of the honor. “Both stand for excellence in scholarship and education. Both want the world to be a better place through providing opportunities to enrich our lives through discovery, beauty, and engagement.”

During the past 15 years of her directorship, Meyers has created a research and education program that has attracted a range of international scholars and expanded the museum’s reach to a larger, more diverse audience. One of her most enduring contributions is the conservation and revitalization of the landmark building designed by Louis I. Kahn to house founder Paul Mellon’s (Yale Class of 1929) gift to the university. With meticulous attention to Kahn’s design, Meyers guided the project through three phases of renovation, in accordance with a conservation plan developed under her leadership, ensuring that the center’s collection of British art would have a properly distinguished home well into the future.

This year’s Soane Foundation Honor recognizes Meyers’s visionary spirit and acknowledges her work as an art historian who affirms the importance of collaboration among colleagues and institutions. The center has collaborated with Sir John Soane’s Museum on numerous projects and programs over the years, including the exhibitions “Mrs. Delany and Her Circle” (2009-2010) and “Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World” (2017), as well as the forthcoming “The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World” (2018).

English architect Sir David Chipperfield also was honored during this year’s Visionaries Gala Dinner. Previous Soane Foundation Honorees with Yale affiliations have included the architect Robert A. M. Stern (M.Arch. 1965) in 2008; Yale University Press (accepted by John Donatich) in 2010; Allan Greenberg (M.Arch. 1965) in 2011; and Norman Foster, Lord Foster of Thames Bank (M.Arch. 1962, D.F.A.H. 2003), in 2013.

Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation in America was founded in 1991 as a forum for art, architecture, and the decorative arts, within the Soanian tradition. Throughout the year, the foundation offers a variety of lectures and foreign study tours for its members. It sponsors fellowships for outstanding graduate students and others to pursue studies at the museum and in the United Kingdom. The core mission of the foundation is to raise funds for the conservation of Sir John Soane’s Museum and its collections. For more information, visit the foundation’s website

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