As part of our most recent initiative at the National Academy of Design to reach broader audiences, we are thrilled to present the launch of our 3D virtual exhibitions. These exhibitions will offer a wonderful opportunity for online visitors to experience our collection of approximately 8,000 objects dating back to 1825. 

In recent years, the streams of art and technology have been moving ever closer together. The rules that define what it means to make art and how technology can be utilized have already begun to intersect. This cross between the two is giving rise to new forms of presentation that incorporate technology and, in particular, 3D art galleries.

Our 3D art galleries will be more than just a website featuring images of National Academicians’ work. They will be a fully interactive experience which, as you’d expect, can take many different forms.

For our first exhibitions, we have chosen to curate and exhibit the work of the National Academician Class of 2017 AND some of the finest artist portraits in the National Academy’s collection, spanning the period from the early 19th century to the present day.

2017 National Academician Elects

National Academicians are professional artists and architects who are elected to membership by their peers annually. They represent some of the most distinguished practitioners in their respective fields.

Visual Art:

Suzanne Anker ◦ Eve Aschheim ◦ Kathy Butterly ◦ Peter Campus ◦ Lisa Corinne Davis ◦ Teresita Fernández ◦ Theaster Gates ◦ Glenn Goldberg ◦ Harmony Hammond ◦ Alfredo Jaar ◦ Elizabeth King ◦ Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt ◦ Marilyn Minter ◦ Odili Donald Odita ◦ Mira Schor ◦ John Walker ◦ William T. Williams


Craig Dykers (Snøhetta) ◦ David Lake + Ted Flato (Lake Flato) ◦ Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)

The Artist Revealed: A Panorama of Great Artist Portraits

This exhibition includes some of the finest artist portraits in the National Academy’s collection, spanning the period from the early 19th century to the present day. The majority of the more than 1000 artists’ portraits in the collection were submitted by artist members as a condition of their membership in the institution. This group of works forms one of the largest and most important holdings of painted portraits in the country, and draws attention to the exceptional artists that have been at the heart of this organization since its founding in 1826. Included among the works on exhibition are self-portraits by Asher B. Durand, John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Eakins, Edwin Walter Dickinson, Ivan le Lorrain Albright, and Jacob Lawrence. Among the contemporary examples are self-portraits by Chuck Close, Wayne Thiebaud and Susanna Coffey.