After a brief ceremony officially inducting the newest National Academicians, we will celebrate with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and more.
Becoming a National Academician is one of the highest honors in American art and architecture and cannot be applied for or solicited; rather, following an annual tradition dating back to the Academy's founding, the current members confidentially nominate and elect new artists and architects. The Class of 2017 joins a lineage of over 2,100 members elected since 1825, including the nearly 420 living National Academicians. Browse the list of all National Academicians, 1825 - 2016.
National Academicians serve as ambassadors for the arts in America. They show their work at the National Academy Museum, teach in the National Academy School, and in keeping with an almost 200-year tradition, contribute a work to the Academy's collection. This permanent collection of nearly 8,000 works represents one of the nation’s most significant holdings of American art and architecture, and includes work ranging from the Hudson River School and the Romantic era of the early 19th century to today’s contemporary and Digital Age. Explore the Collection at Google Arts & Culture.
National Academy Class of 2017
Lisa Corinne Davis
Odili Donald Odita
William T. Williams
Craig Dykers (Snøhetta)
David Lake and Ted Flato (Lake Flato)
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)