“Our goal at the National Academy is not only to maintain and preserve the legacy of American art and architecture but ultimately to grow the Academy into a more vibrant and sustainable institution for the 21st century.”
—Maura Reilly, Director

Join us and become part of the evolution of the National Academy Museum & School as we launch a major initiative to ensure the future of our 190-year-old institution in perpetuity.

This new initiative includes the selling of our Fifth Avenue historic buildings to create a first-time permanent endowment to ensure the sustainability and future growth of the National Academy, and to locate a new facility to house the museum and showcase our extensive permanent collection. (New York Times)

Although the Museum will be closing temporarily on June 1, 2016 to facilitate the implementation of the strategic plan to move the National Academy forward, the School’s full roster of courses and programs will continue uninterrupted. Please visit our Classes & Workshops page for a full list of course offerings.

In June 2016, we launched a new quarterly newsletter. You can find the June newsletter edition here. The newsletter provides insights and behind-the-scene stories of the permanent collection, updates on the Academy’s transition, listings of the latest school courses and exhibits, and announcements of our upcoming events.

Your investment in the National Academy during this transitional time will help to support current programs:

Permanent Collection: The Academy’s extensive art collection encompasses over 7,700 works donated by Academician artists and architects since 1825, offering profound insights into the story of American art. We will continue to build the Collection, and to develop educational and engagement programs around future exhibitions of the Collection. Watch the American Collection video here.

School Initiative: The School’s overarching goal is to better serve our growing community, remain at the forefront of studio art education, and distinguish ourselves among our peers. To do so, we seek annual support in areas such as curriculum and faculty development, equipment and technology upgrades, and School exhibitions. Learn more about our programs here.

Stephen Steigman Young Artists Program: This new program supports jury-selected middle-school students from our community at-large to receive full merit scholarships to study at the Academy School. Learn more and watch the video.

Annual Fund/Membership: Membership support is a way for our community of donors to support the National Academy while receiving benefits and invitations to a variety of events and activities throughout the year.

Gala + Auction: Our annual gala is the Academy’s largest fundraiser, gathering over 300 guests with over 30 National Academicians donating to the art auction each year. Check out the 2016 Gala + Auction honoring SHoP Architects.

National Academicians: The annual NA to NA Campaign is one way for our association of artists and architects—the National Academicians—to donate to the care of the Permanent Collection and School Initiatives. A new reply form is now on-line.

Planned Giving: Our planned giving program has made a difference in the National Academy’s ability to keep its historic legacy of American art and architecture alive for present and future generations. Join the Samuel F.N. Morse Society’s distinguished group of benefactors who have designated a planned gift to the Academy.

For more information, please contact the Development Office at 212-369-4880 x215 or

We’ve recently updated our membership benefits – click here for more information.

The Development Office is now operating on a triannual cycle of appeals rather than on a monthly schedule, with appeals going out three times per year to members and supporters in May, September, and December. While the museum’s galleries will be closed beginning June 1, 2016, we plan to continue hosting a variety of public programs and member events. Our new member-exclusive newsletter will keep you informed on all upcoming events and breaking news at the National Academy. You can make an annual fund/membership support gift at anytime!