The Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters is a prestigious institution that was founded in 1978. It supports and honors Mississippi’s various artists from visual to individuals with a passion for composing, authors who produce both fiction and nonfiction works, as well as photographers and poets. For 39 years The Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters hosts a lifetime achievement bouquet at the Two Mississippi Museum, awarding some of the most community driven, influential artists who reside in or near the Mississippi region. Nominees are carefully reviewed and chosen by current members of The Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters, who are artists themselves with many years of distinguished experience among various artistry forms. In addition to hand chosen nominees being honored at this exciting banquet for their many achievements, some are also given opportunity to display their current works in The Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters during an open house to the public.
This year that one of those nominees to attend was Robert IV, an architect and resident of Columbus having served as vice president and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects since 2011. Receiving the Polk Lifetime Achieve Award, Robert Ivy who was honored for his amazing body of literary works spanning over a decade, including Fay Jones, Architect, which was published in 2001 with worldwide current circulation. This was the first time in the Polk Lifetime Achievement Awards history an architect has been selected and honored. Robert Ivy is now recognized among past honorees that include after Morgan Freeman, artist Walter Anderson, and writer Eudora Welty. Robert Ivy’s literary works have a way of transforming architecture into something more accessible for the everyday man to understand. Additionally, Robert Ivy’s influence can be felt within American Institute of Architects. Since taking on the role of CEO and Chief Executive Officer, membership levels has reached an all-time high, a great achievement that been done within its 160 year history of operation.
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