Seven contemporary American artists will be presented with art awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters this year, at the annual awards ceremony May 17.

Awards of $5,000 each will be presented to painters Rackstraw Downes, Willy Heeks, Henrietta Mantooth, Joseph Santore and Helen Miranda Wilson. In addition, Michael Tompkins will receive the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award of $5,000, presented annually to "a young American painter not yet accorded due recognition."Sculptor Anne Arnold will become the first recipient of a new $5,000 prize, the Louise Nevelson Award in Art, established by Lillian Berliawsky, which will be presented annually to a sculptor, painter or printmaker.