1997 Alexandra York


1997 recipient of the Whiting Memorial Award, Alexandra York is an internationally published writer, whose work focuses on art and the American culture. She is the author of many nonfiction books, including the critically praised From the Fountainhead to the Future and Other Essays on Art and Excellence. Her first novel, CROSSPOINTS A Novel of Choice, debuted in America in 2004 and in Russian translation in 2007.  Her latest book is OVER THE YEARS: Poems, Lyrics, Songs, Prose. For six years she served as editor and publisher of ART Ideas, a quarterly arts/culture magazine. Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Reader’s Digest, Vital Speeches of the Day, USA Today, Vogue, New Woman, Chronicles, The Humanist, The Intellectual Activist, American Arts Quarterly and American Artist.  

Alexandra is Founding President of "American Renaissance for the Twenty-first Century" (ART), a New-York-based non-profit foundation dedicated to a rebirth of beauty and life-affirming values in all of the fine arts: www.ART-21.org  Among other projects she curated and produced “ROMANTIC REALISM: Visions of Values,” which featured multiple works of thirteen artists that premiered at Grand Central Art Galleries in New York City and had its Midwest debut as the inaugural exhibit for Sage Center for the Fine Arts at Hillsdale College.  She also produced “THE LEGACY LIVES: The World at its Most Beautiful and Man and Woman at Their Best,” featuring the works of thirty-five painters and sculptors at Lever House in New York City, accompanied by an “Art Festival of the Arts,” which offered three weeks of daily poetry, drama, dance, music and fiction  presentations.  That exhibit became the center piece of a five-day Conference at Hillsdale College entitled “Art and the Moral Imagination,” and her speech from that conference, THE FOURTH “R” IN EDUCATION: Reading WRiting, ARithmetic and ARt (where she calls for mandatory art education from grades K to 9) has become a blueprint for several private schools. 

As a broadcaster and TV-Radio personality, Alexandra wrote and performed a Bi-weekly feature on WPIX-TV Evening News in New York City and hosted two different Talk Shows for ABC Radio Network.  As a performer, she starred in Off-Broadway theater, corporate industrial productions, and an art film, which won the Cannes, Barcelona and American Film Festival awards.  She also appeared as principal actress in dozens of television and radio commercials in America and Europe and toured the U.S. for a year as an exclusive Clairol TV Talk Show spokeswoman.  She has been a guest on major TV shows, including “The Today Show,” “Larry King Live,” “To Tell the Truth,” “AM New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia,” “Wake-Up Houston,” ABC's “Eyewitness News” and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio shows. She has lectured extensively at Town Hall Celebrity Series, private organizations, corporations and universities. 

Alexandra is listed in Who’s Who of America Women and Who’s Who in America and has served as Mentor to ISPE for ten years; she supplied the cover art for Telicom for two years. 

Personal interests include antique cars, Japanese ceremonial tea, world travel, food and wine, opera and scuba diving.  She resides with her husband in New York City, Pennsylvania and Vermont.