National Academy of Design
Since 1925, The National Academy has been a community of artists, students, museum-goers, and supporters of the arts that have shared the heritage of the arts in America and brought art to all through arts education programs and exhibitions.


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What Is the National Academy?

Committed to arts education, the museum formerly known as the National Academy of Design is a hidden gem of Manhattan. While the museum is temporarily closed, the adjacent school is a beacon for arts-minded individuals who long to tell the stories of American art. The Members of the National Academy are art contributors—and elected by their peers-- to the museum’s collection, and has exhibited some of the most prestigious American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Art is for all, and even if you can’t visit in person, their art is available online all the time. 

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A Virtual Art Tour

As the National Academy Museum relocates, they do not want you to miss out on their permanent art collection.  With Google’s Cultural Institute search engine, you are able to virtually enter the art world. You are able to look pieces up based on medium, style, and the location they were created in. On the virtual museum, you are able to get a closer look at the pieces and experience the detailing without the museum restrictions of getting too close! 

Take an Artistic Visual Journey

Hooray For Arts Education!

The National Academy School knows that the mind develops in the early years of one’s life, so they decided to give children the opportunity to expand on their knowledge. In 2015, ten students who demonstrated an interest and talent in their art classes received full scholarships for art and portfolio development lessons at the National Academy School. Each student spent the Spring studying under the instruction of a National Academy working artist and faculty member. At the end of the 16-week program, students submitted their finest pieces to be featured in the National Academy School’s fourth annual Creative Mischief exhibition. 

Arts In School

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