National Academy School to Go on Hiatus in August 2017

The National Academy Board of Governors elected this week to suspend classes in the National Academy School’s current location in August 2017, as part of the transition to its future home. As background, The National Academy Museum and School buildings at Fifth Avenue and East 89th Street were put on the market over a year ago. The Museum closed to the public on June 1, 2016, to prepare for the sale and move to a new location. The National Academy has remained committed to keeping its school open for its students and faculty ever since, but must now prepare for its move to a new location.

During the school’s hiatus, The Academy is partnering with local art schools to facilitate the transfer of full-time students to continue their studies without interruption. These include The Art Students League, the New York Studio School, and the MFA Studio Art Program at Montclair State University.

The National Academicians (the membership of the National Academy) will continue working with staff to restore and catalog the over 7,500 objects in the permanent collection, and assess and reimagine the educational offerings and museum in a new home. This is part of the Academy’s long-term plan to create a sustainable institution as it enters its third century. The Academy will resume educational and museum activities once a new location for the organization has been identified.

Said Board Co-Chair Tim Walch, “We are so appreciative of the talented and dedicated school staff, faculty, and students, and want to thank them for their understanding and support as we plan our institution’s bright future.” 

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