The National Academy Museum & School is an institution built by America’s greatest artists and architects. Founded at the end of 1825, this tripartite institution comprised of an honorary association of professional artists, a museum, and a school of fine arts. Portrait and history painter Samuel F. Morse, scions of the Hudson River School Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand and architect Ithiel Town were founding members whose primary goal was to promote American art through exhibitions and education – a clear-eyed vision that still guides the Academy nearly two centuries later. New York’s oldest museum, we showcase the latest in art and architecture in the heart of Museum Mile.
The National Academy School galleries also exhibit works of the young artists enrolled there; past students have included Winslow Homer, George Inness and Willem de Kooning.
The National Academy Museum’s permanent collection captures the variety and vitality of American art since the early nineteenth century. The permanent collection, often on view alongside the Museum’s special exhibits, is home to a varied body of work from sublime landscapes by nineteenth-century masters to abstract paintings by modern and contemporary artists. Each year, the collection continues to grow as the newest cohort of prominent artists and architects elected to the National Academy generously donates from among their work. Today, the Academy includes over 300 artists and architect members, with over 2,000 having been elected since the Academy’s founding. Owing to the vision of the Academicians who present their work upon induction into the Academy, our unique permanent collection now includes over 7,000 works.