National Academy of Design



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The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, founded in New York City as the National Academy of Design known as the "National Academy" is an honorary association of American artists founded in 1825 by Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Cole, Martin E. Thompson, and others "to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition." Its museum houses a public collection of over five thousand works of nineteenth and twentieth century American art. The Academy was
The National Academy of Design has had several homes over the years. Among them was a building built during 1863-1865, designed by architect F. B. Wight in Venetian Gothic style, which was modeled on the Doge's Palace in Venice. Another locale was at West 109th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Since 1942 the academy has occupied a mansion that was the former home of sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Milton Huntington at Fifth Avenue and Eighty-ninth Street.
The National Academy of Design school offers studio instruction, master classes, intensive critiques, various workshops, and lunchtime lectures. National Academy of Design scholarships are available.
Members of the National Academy may be identified using the post-nominal "NA" (National Academician). One cannot apply for membership.