Works by Aschheim, Burckhardt, and Scott Join the Collection

Intending the National Academy to be an organization of the leading artists and architects shaping American visual culture, the founders stipulated that upon election, each National Academician present a representative work, or diploma work, that becomes part of the permanent collection. This legacy has guided the formation of a collection unlike any other in the United States, shaped by the artist and architect members.  Thus, the Academy’s collection embodies the institution’s distinctive history, which has intersected with and catalyzed the development of 19th through 21st century American art.

Representing more than 2,000 artists and architects, this preeminent collection spans 200 years of history and includes nearly 8,000 works of art, from paintings, drawings, sculptures, watercolors, prints, photographs, videos, and mixed-media works, to architectural drawings, renderings, and models.  It is our pleasure to share news about newly submitted works by artists Eve Aschheim, Tom Burckhardt, and Dread Scott to the Academy’s collection.


Eve Aschheim (NA 2017)

Decider, 2017

Oil and graphite on canvas on panel

18 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.


Tom Burckhardt (NA 2016)

As of Yet Untitled, 2012

Oil on cast plastic

16 x 20 in.


Dread Scott (NA 2016)

Harmed & Dangerous, 1993

Cibachrome prints, soundtrack, phones, Plexiglass, wood, and Masonite

8 x 10 x 8 ft.

Learn about Harmed & Dangerous on Scott's website.

Chuck Webster, NAAF 2017 Winner

PHOTO – Chuck Webster

PHOTO – Chuck Webster

The National Academy Affiliated Fellow (NAAF) program has been a success in generating a talented group of strong candidates for selection from its inception in 2015. The purpose of the NAAF is to provide an opportunity for mid-career artists and architects to advance their skills through interacting and working in one of the oldest and most inspiring cosmopolitan cities in the world while living in the dynamic community of artists, architects and scholars at the American Academy in Rome (AAR) ( 

Now in its third year, the Abbey Council is happy to announce this year’s Fellow is Chuck Webster, visual artist, who will be heading to the AAR for an eight-week residency to begin in January, 2017 and continue through mid-March.

The NAAF is supported by the Abbey Fund with the aim to create an opportunity for a visual artist or architect to enrich their career through study in the inspiring historic city of Rome at AAR. Abbey Council members: James Siena, NA, Chair; Walter Chatham, NA; Ann Hamilton, NA; Walter Hood, NA; and Billie Tsien, NA and Melissa Meyer, NA would like to thank all of the candidates that were nominated this year.

The National Academy thanks the Abbey Council for their diligence and thoughtfulness in selecting the winner of the 2017 National Academy Affiliated Fellowship.

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National Academicians Pen Letter in Support of Dana Schutz and the ICA-Boston

Members of the National Academy recently circulated a letter in support of fellow NA Dana Schutz’s exhibition at the ICA-Boston, which was reported on in Artnews, Art Forum, and elsewhere.  Since its release, even more NAs have added their names, and an updated list of 94 signers, along with the letter in full, is below.