What’s Next for the Academy?

Since our founding in 1825, we’ve followed a simple, yet powerful mission: to promote the fine arts in America through exhibition and education.

Recently, we completed a massive transformation—we established the first board-restricted endowment in our history. 

Thanks to the sales of our previous facilities (donated to us by Anna Hyatt Huntington (ANA 1916; NA 1922) and her husband, Archer Huntington, in the 1940s), we used the proceeds to create an over $65 million endowment that stabilized our finances and ensures our future.

Now, our National Academicians, Board, and staff are hard at work building our next strategic plan.

We are asking ourselves: what are the most impactful, sustainable, and innovative ways to implement our almost 200-year-old core mission?

As our plan continues to take shape, we invite you to get involved.

Where to Find Us

The Academy is temporarily in residence at The National Arts Club, located at 15 Gramercy Park South in New York City, with an additional satellite office in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

We look forward to sharing news about our next location when the strategic plan is completed.


Where to See the Collection

At nearly 8,000 works and growing, our permanent collection is one of the largest public American art and architecture collections in the country containing work from the early 19th century to the present.

For America, a nationwide tour of 100 paintings, accompanied by a richly illustrated scholarly catalogue, explores the Academy’s contribution to the art and artistic life of this country over the course of the past 200 years. The exhibition is currently at the New Britain Museum of American Art (through January 26), and travels next to the Society of the Four Arts (February 15 – April 12).

Exhibition has been a pillar of our mission since our founding. Whether we open a museum again or pursue other impactful ways to share work by the National Academicians is an important question we’re exploring.


Welcoming the Next Academicians

Becoming a National Academician is a lifetime honor given annually by the current National Academicians—it cannot be applied for or solicited.

This fall, the NA Class of 2019 will join a unique and incredible lineage: more than 2,350 of the leading innovators and contributors to American art and architecture have been elected since 1825.


Relaunched Education + Programming

As we continue to shape our plan, we are committed to continuing our mission of bringing culture to the public. In the coming months, educational offerings will resume with talks, tours, workshops, and other events that will connect you with the National Academicians in meaningful ways.

We look forward to sharing the details about our educational vision, including whether future programming will include an art school again, when the strategic plan is completed.

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Giving Back

We honor mid-career artists and architects through the National Academy Affiliated Fellow award. We mentor youth artists through programs such as our partnership with Groundswell. And as we plan for our future, our community continues to look for new ways to support the next generation.

We’ll be announcing more developments soon!

Show your support today by making a donation or setting up a planned gift.

The Journal of the National Academy of Design

The Journal of the National Academy of Design

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National Academician Database

For America : Nationwide Tour of 100 Paintings

For America: Nationwide Tour of 100 Paintings

Promoting art + architecture in America through instruction and exhibition since 1825

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