Founded in 1825, the National Academy is an honorary association of professional artists, a school of fine arts and a museum.
The academy’s historic collection of more than 7,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures consists of diploma pieces granted to the academy by National Academicians upon induction. Members both past and present include many of the country's leading artists including Albert Bierstadt, Louis Bourgeois, Frederic E. Church, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Thomas Eakins, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Gehry, Horatio Greenough, Charles Gwathmey, Winslow Homer, Jasper Johns, Maya Lin, Tom Otterness, I. M. Pei, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorothea Rockburne, John Singer Sargent, Wayne Theibaud, Frank Lloyd Wright and Andrew Wyeth, among others.
The school offers artistic instruction for artists of every level. With an impressive variety of classes and programs, students may choose by artistic discipline, instructor, schedule and level of commitment. In addition to classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media and more, the Academy offers a variety of workshops and lectures.
The National Academy is located in a turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts townhouse, one of the few remaining mansions on Fifth Avenue that is open to the public, on Manhattan's "Museum Mile." This elegant and stately six-story structure is the former home of businessman and philanthropist Archer M. Huntington and his wife, sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.
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Young Artist Classes and Workshops: Classes for ages 6-13 are given after school as well as on Saturdays. Between June and July, weeklong art camps for ages 6-16 are also offered.
Tours and Gallery Activities: The National Academy Museum offers led by one of the academy's educators or docents.
Please note that the museum does not have dining facilities.