The National Academy of Design is proud to launch an exciting new online searchable database dedicated to the permanent collection. This important educational resource is interactive, free and globally accessible.
For the online database, we are conducting new research on the permanent collection that includes scholarly catalogue entries, updated biographies, video documentation, when available, materials culled from our unique in-house object files, as well as correlating materials from our Historic Archives housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. Extensive research was conducted to publish the 2004 permanent collection catalogue entitled Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of The National Academy of Design, Volume I, 1826-1925 (David Dearinger, General Editor). We are thrilled to highlight and share the work done for this scholarly endeavor with a larger audience by incorporating it into the online database.
Over the course of the next few years, we will continue to add to the database, the end result being a comprehensive online resource featuring information about the entire NAD membership, permanent collection, and distinctive history, which have intersected with and catalyzed the development of 19th through 21st century American art and architecture. This preeminent collection represents more than 2,300 artists and architects, spans 200 years of history and includes nearly 8,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, watercolors, prints, photographs, videos, mixed-media works, and architectural drawings, renderings and models.
Please note that our first launch that took place in September 2018 featured 100 National Academicians, historical and present, as a preview of what is to come. Over the next several years, we will roll out additional launches, continuously adding pages for all of our members and expanding this rich educational resource.
We would like to express our gratitude to those parties who helped get our first launch off the ground; our wonderful 2018 summer interns Léa Miranda, Nathale Nicoletti, and Ally Koumantzelis Pappalardo; the dedicated staff at Atelier Fine Art Services; and our partners at Google Cultural Institute working with us to digitize our permanent collection. Our list of acknowledgments will undoubtedly grow as we forge ahead with this exciting project!