National Academy Museum

New York, NY



Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:


"Neil Welliver." In See It Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters; essay by Bruce Weber (12/13/13)

Women's Work (6/12/12)

Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820-2009 (7/29/09)

American Impressions: Selections from the Permanent Collection (9/17/07)


Luminist Horizons: The Art and Collection of James A. Suydam (9/23/06)

Italia! Muse to American Artists, 1830 ­ 2005 (6/23/06)

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art (11/10/05)

Surrealism USA (3/21/05)


Transforming the Page: Line, Washes, and Smudges (9/29/04)

Contemporary Prints from the collection of the National Academy Museum (7/16/04)

Into the Storm: Expressions in the American Landscape, 1800­1940 (7/15/04)

Bold Strokes: California Watercolors (2/4/04)


The Artist's Eye: Wolf Kahn as Curator (12/11/03)

Louis M. Eilshemius (1864 - 1941): An Independent Spirit (10/23/01)

The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore (12/1/00)

Rave Reviews: American Art and its Critics (1826-1925) (7/19/00)

Stuart Davis in Gloucester (5/30/00)

Charles Hawthorne: Watercolors (5/30/00)

American Spectrum: Paintings and Culture from the Smith College Museum of Art (5/30/00)


The 175th Annual Exhibition of National Academy in Planning (11/17/99)

All that Is Glorious Around Us (Hudson River School Painters) (6/22/99)

Men Without Women: Paul Cadmus as Curator (4/13/99)

Treasures Revealed: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Works on Paper (1/17/99)


Faces of Time: 75 Years of Time Magazine Cover Portraits (8/3/98)

National Academy's 173rd Annual Exhibition (4/14/98)

All Things Bright and Beautiful: California Impressionist Paintings from the Irvine Museum (3/10/98)

Whistler: Impressions of an American Abroad - Etchings and Lithographs from the Carnegie Museum of Art (3/10/98)

Stages of Creation: Public Sculpture by National Academicians (2/19/98)


Fair and Free: Images of Childhood, 1824-1992 (11/21/97)

Barnet by Barnet: An Installation of Portraits (11/19/97)

Major Exhibition on New York's Famed Tenth Street Studio Building -- A Facinating Chapter In The Developing National Art Scene

A National Collection: Paintings Selected from the Collection of The National Academy Museum (1997)

Winslow Homer Wood Engravings From The Permanent Collection (1997)

The Artist's Eye Offers New Insights on the Critical Eye of the Artist (1997)

Limited-Edition Print Portfolio Available (1997)

National Academy Clarifies Identity with Change of Name and New Visual Identity (1997)


About the National Academy

April 7, 2016 editor's note: The National Academy Museum will close at its current location at 1083 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York, NY on June 1, 2016 and will remain closed until a new home is found.

Throughout its storied history, the National Academy has followed a simple yet powerful mission: to promote the fine arts in America through exhibition and education. Founded in 1825 by Samuel F. B. Morse, Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand, the National Academy is the only institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school, and association of artists and architects ­ the National Academicians. Academicians include over 300 of today's most recognized artists and architects, including Christo, John Currin, Ann Hamilton, Richard Meier, Kiki Smith, Rafael Viñoly, and many others.

Illuminating canonical figures as well as those deserving of reappraisal, the museum widens the lens through which American art is viewed and appreciated. Rotating exhibitions include 19, 20 and 21 century art and architecture, reflections of contemporary American culture, and selections from the permanent collection. Exhibitions are supported with lectures, symposia, and panel discussions that engage the public with the Academy's living artistic legacy.

The first session of the Academy School commenced on November 15, 1826, with two Academicians and twenty students sketching by candlelight. The school rapidly grew in stature and reputation, attracting artists Winslow Homer, George Inness, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning and others. Today, the Academy School continues to offer studio-based study in an intimate, creative environment, supporting the artistic journey of each student.


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