Colleen Browning, Nine Times One (Self-Portrait), 1970, detail, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

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The goal of the National Academy School initiative is to support innovation, curriculum advancement, increased marketing and community outreach, and facility improvements— enabling us to better serve our growing School community, to remain at the forefront of studio art education in New York, and to distinguish ourselves among our peers.

We need your help to make a life-long impact on artists of all ages studying at the Academy School—Studio Art Intensive, Studio Practice, Young Artists—and our wider community engaged in art making.

Please join us in making possible the advancements in these School programs and following areas by making an annual donation:

•    Revise Curriculum and Develop Faculty
•    Raise Scholarship Funds for School Programs
•    Operate the School
•    Maintain and Improve Facilities
•    Upgrade Technology and Equipment
•    Produce and Promote School Exhibitions
•    Deploy New Marketing Strategies

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Thank you. Your support is deeply appreciated.

For more information and to make your donation by phone or mail, please contact the Development Office at or 212.369.4880 x215.

What makes the National Academy School Unique?

During this exciting time of renewal and transition for the National Academy Museum, the School continues to help to fulfill the Academy’s mission—to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition—by educating artists of all ages, providing outlets for creative expression, and for those who wish, offering preparation for a professional fine arts career.

We are proud to continue to offer an extensive studio-based atelier program in an intimate environment and to support the artistic journey of each student. In the past five years and under the visionary leadership of Maurizio Pellegrin, the Academy School has expanded significantly, increasing enrollment by 20 percent, and enhancing its facilities and the Studio Art Intensive Program.

Our student artists benefit from our excellent faculty, a diversity of fellow students, and many opportunities to exhibit their own work in the School’s Sonia Gechtoff Gallery, including the popular annual student, alumni, and faculty exhibition, Creative Mischief.

Quick School Facts by the Numbers:

Annual School Budget: $3 million total; $1.7 million tuition and fees income; and $1.3 million to be raised each year.
Annual attendees: 1,275 student artists
Age range: 5 to 95+
Faculty: 37 esteemed working artists
Sessions per year: 6 (two each in the fall, spring, and summer)
Courses per session: over 60 courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, new media such as video and photography, printmaking, mixed media, art theory and art history
Student exhibitions: 12 annually including the popular Creative Mischief exhibition
School Staff: 7 professionals lead the artistic direction, faculty, course design, administration, planning, promotion and advancement of the School
Organizational Staff: 7 professionals in cross departments provide strategic leadership, management, and fundraising