A letter from Maura Reilly, Director: The future of our venerable 190-year-old institution.

Dear Friends of the National Academy,

Thank you for your support and involvement with the National Academy Museum & School over the years. I am delighted to share breaking news about our venerable 190-year-old organization. We are embarking on a bold initiative that includes the sale of our historic townhouse, creating a first-time permanent endowment and strong financial base, and finding a new home for our museum and extensive permanent collection. We are confident that this measure will re-position the organization for the 21st century and assist our stewardship of our extraordinary collection of 7,700 objects, thereby fulfilling our mission of promoting American art and architecture.

Although the museum has closed, our staff, collection care, and National Academician annual inductions and elections will operate during this transitional phase.

The Academy School will continue uninterrupted with a full roster of courses–Studio Intensive, Studio Program, Young Artists–and we will be building upon our recently launched programs including the Stephen Steigman Fund for Young Artists (middle-school scholarships) while offering new Workshops and Family programs.

I look forward to keeping you apprised of our progress and thank you for your support.

Most sincerely,
Maura Reilly, Phd