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National Academy Inducts Largest Class in 25 Years, Fifth Largest Class in History

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November 13th, 2018

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NEW YORK, NY—The National Academy of Design (NAD) proudly announces its newest class of National Academicians (NAs), the fifth largest in the organization’s nearly 200-year-old history. 

Elected by current NAs in recognition of their exceptional contributions to American art and architecture, the Class of 2018 represents a commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States and pushing creative boundaries.

  Back row, left to right: James Timberlake, Stephen Kieran, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Margrit Lewczuk, Cora Cohen, Merrill Elam, Hermine Ford, Jane South, Patricia Cronin, Judy Glantzman, Fred Tomaselli, Jennifer Guthrie, Martha Diamond, Sarah Walker, Marlon Blackwell, Bruce Fowle (ANA 1991, NA 1994, PNAD 2011 - Present), and Don Porcaro    Front row, left to right: Kay WalkingStick, Jimmy Wright, Lisa Hoke, Peter Williams, Joyce J. Scott, James Wines, Petah Coyne, Judith Linhares, Deborah Luster, and Deborah Kass    Not pictured: Shimon Attie, Mel Chin, Dawn Clements, Angela Dufresne, Kathryn Gustafson, Byron Kim, Fumihiko Maki, Vik Muniz, and Shannon Nichol, and Hank Willis Thomas

Back row, left to right: James Timberlake, Stephen Kieran, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Margrit Lewczuk, Cora Cohen, Merrill Elam, Hermine Ford, Jane South, Patricia Cronin, Judy Glantzman, Fred Tomaselli, Jennifer Guthrie, Martha Diamond, Sarah Walker, Marlon Blackwell, Bruce Fowle (ANA 1991, NA 1994, PNAD 2011 - Present), and Don Porcaro

Front row, left to right: Kay WalkingStick, Jimmy Wright, Lisa Hoke, Peter Williams, Joyce J. Scott, James Wines, Petah Coyne, Judith Linhares, Deborah Luster, and Deborah Kass

Not pictured: Shimon Attie, Mel Chin, Dawn Clements, Angela Dufresne, Kathryn Gustafson, Byron Kim, Fumihiko Maki, Vik Muniz, and Shannon Nichol, and Hank Willis Thomas

Visual Art

Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Shimon Attie
Mel Chin
Dawn Clements
Cora Cohen
Petah Coyne
Patricia Cronin
Martha Diamond
Angela Dufresne
Hermine Ford
Judy Glantzman
Lisa Hoke
Deborah Kass
Byron Kim
Margrit Lewczuk
Judith Linhares
Deborah Luster
Vik Muniz
Don Porcaro
Joyce J. Scott
Jane South
Hank Willis Thomas
Fred Tomaselli
Sarah Walker
Kay WalkingStick
Peter Williams
Jimmy Wright

Architecture

Marlon Blackwell (Marlon Blackwell Architects)
Merrill Elam (Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects)
Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, + Shannon Nichol (GGN)
Stephen Kieran + James Timberlake (KieranTimberlake)
Fumihiko Maki (Maki and Associates)
James Wines (SITE)

The NA Class of 2018 joins a roster of over 400 living members, with more than 2,300 artists and architects elected since our founding in 1825. NAs include leaders in their respective fields today, such as David Adjaye, Marina Abramović, Chuck Close, Frank Gehry, Ann Hamilton, Joel Shapiro, Cindy Sherman, Shahzia Sikander, Robert A. M. Stern, Carrie Mae Weems, Nick Cave, Andres Serrano, and Annabelle Selldorf; seminal figures like Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Louise Bourgeois; and early pioneers such as Thomas Cole, Ithiel Town, Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Eakins, and John Singer Sargent. 

Election as an NA is the culmination of a thorough, substantive vetting process. Candidates are nominated confidentially by a current NA who presents an in-depth proposal that is supported by two other NAs. After weeks of study, deliberation, and discussion, votes are cast at the institution’s Annual Meeting, held each spring. Only NAs may participate in the process, and a minimum of 60% of the votes cast must be in favor of the candidates in order for them to be elected, making the election a unique, peer-driven honor that cannot be applied for or solicited. 

As members, National Academicians serve as ambassadors for the arts in America. They show work in NAD exhibitions, foster the next generation through our educational programs, and, in keeping with an almost 200-year-old tradition, contribute a work to our collection. The NAD permanent collection of nearly 8,000 works—unlike any other in the United States, shaped by the National Academician members themselves—represents one of the nation’s most significant holdings of American art and architecture.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN

The National Academy of Design has a simple yet powerful mission, “to promote American art and architecture through exhibition and instruction.” Founded in 1825 by a group of artists that included Thomas Cole, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Asher B. Durand, the NAD is an honor society of America’s top artists and architects – the National Academicians – as well as a presenter of arts and an agent of arts education. Over the decades, the NAD has enriched and educated countless generations of artists and architects, while preserving and sharing the work of the National Academicians with the public. 

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NAD NOW, A Dynamic Online Journal Featuring America's Leading Artists and Architects, Launched Today

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October 30th, 2018

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 James Siena,  Spoolstone , 2017, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in., photograph by Mark Waldhauser and Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy Pace Gallery

James Siena, Spoolstone, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in., photograph by Mark Waldhauser and Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy Pace Gallery

New York, NY – The National Academy of Design (NAD) is proud to announce the launch of our new online journal, NAD NOW (nadnowjournal.org). A free and globally accessible platform for American art and architecture, NAD NOW is most importantly a showcase and celebration of our National Academician members (NAs), the remarkable group of artists and architects who make up the NAD’s exclusive honor society.

“The National Academicians are an incredible wealth of inspiration, and we are thrilled to showcase their creativity, ideas, and accomplishments,” noted

Auzelle Epeneter, Director of NA Communications and NAD NOW’s editor-in-chief. “Today’s launch is just the start of an ongoing, many-layered conversation about the impact of the NAs’ work on our culture.”

NAD NOW’s content is exclusively by and about the NA members, past and present. It reflects their diverse interests and is positioned to make a significant contribution to contemporary dialogue about art and architecture.

Highlights of NAD NOW’s first release include:

  • An intimate conversation between architect Wendy Evans Joseph (NA 2012) and artist Alan Michelson about Studio Joseph’s exhibition design of Americans, a permanent installation at the National Museum of the American Indian.

  • Nick Cave (NA 2015) offers a behind-the-scenes look at The Let Go, his immersive installation at Park Avenue Armory in a review penned by Niama Safia Sandy.

  • James Siena (NA 2011) shares a new painting for “Centerfold,” a column that showcases recent works by NAs.

  • Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs Diana Thompson reveals a newly restored work by Charles White (ANA 1971; NA 1974), Matriarch. The painting pictures White’s great aunt, a former slave, and was a remarkable choice for the artist to give to the NAD as his diploma portrait — a membership requirement dating back to 1839.

  • And Marilyn Minter (NA 2017) shares her recent creative inspirations.

The launch is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more stories and the expansion of our columns in the weeks and months to come.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN

The National Academy of Design has a simple yet powerful mission, “to promote American art and architecture through exhibition and instruction.” Founded in 1825 by a group of artists that included Thomas Cole, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Asher B. Durand, the NAD is an honor society of America’s top artists and architects – the National Academicians – as well as a presenter of arts and an agent of arts education. Over the decades, the NAD has enriched and educated countless generations of artists and architects, while preserving and sharing the work of the National Academicians with the public.

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“Social Justice and Unity” Mural, Featuring Master Artist Dread Scott, NA, and Students, Unveiled and Dedicated at East Flatbush Brooklyn Middle School

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August 15, 2018

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New York, NY – The National Academy of Design celebrated the unveiling and dedication of the organization’s 2018 summer mural project at the East Flatbush Community Research School IS K581 in Brooklyn on Friday, August 10. Master artist Dread Scott, NA mentored and provided professional development to the participating NYC students, all of whom are aspiring artists. The students got to conceptualize, design, and paint the public artwork with the themes of “social justice and unity.”

For the kids, this was their first professional artistic undertaking and they learned what it was like to be a professional artist. About the artistic process, student participant Jemila shared, “Dread was a creative force to help push our barriers.” Yana, the hands-on teaching artist who served as the Lead Artist on the project, reflected on the idea of public art relating to the community, “How do we talk about social justice in a way that is accessible to everyone?”

Since 1940, the National Academy has had a history of commissioning murals. In 2018, the National Academy renewed its mural projects program with a focus on commissioning public art in economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods where local students are engaged to paint the designs under the mentorship of one of the Academy’s National Academicians. The National Academy’s mural projects program is underwritten by an endowment formed through a bequest of Gertrude Abbey that was established through a deed of trust in 1931.

Moving forward, the National Academy plans to sponsor mural projects every year in areas across the United States and in partnership with different non-profit organizations. For 2019, a mural project in Los Angeles focused on immigration is being planned. The National Academy’s 2018 mural project was developed in partnership with Groundswell, a NYC-based organization that brings together youth, artists, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN

Founded in 1825 by a group of artists that included Thomas Cole, Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, and others, the National Academy of Design is an arts organization with a simple yet powerful mission “to promote American art and architecture through exhibition and instruction.” Consisting of three components, the National Academy is an honor society of America’s top artists and architects, as well as a presenter of arts, and an agent of arts education. Over the decades, the Academy has enriched and educated countless generations of artists and architects, while preserving and sharing their work with the public.

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New Online Database Showcases Collection and Membership - Free and Open to The Public

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October 3, 2018

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 Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939),  Hollyhocks , by 1911  Oil on canvas, 25 ½ × 32 in.  NA diploma presentation, November 2, 1914

Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939), Hollyhocks, by 1911

Oil on canvas, 25 ½ × 32 in.

NA diploma presentation, November 2, 1914

New York, NY - The National Academy of Design (NAD) is thrilled to announce the launch of a dynamic and unique online resource dedicated to the NAD’s preeminent permanent collection of American art. This significant new educational resource can be found at NADatabase.org and under the Collection menu option on the NAD’s website – NationalAcademy.org. It is interactive, free, globally accessible and features the NAD’s collection dating back to the organization’s founding in 1825, while highlighting the extraordinarily talented group of artists and architects who make up the NAD’s exclusive National Academician honor society.

The NA Database project is part of a multi-year initiative that is scheduled for continued development through 2022. The end result will be a comprehensive online resource featuring information about the NAD’s entire membership, permanent collection, and distinctive history, which have intersected with and catalyzed the development of American art and architecture from the 19th through the 21st centuries.

The launch of the NA Database showcases 100 American artists and architects ranging from our founder, Samuel F. B. Morse, to living members like Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Over the next few years, database entries will expand significantly to include the entirety of the NAD permanent collection and membership, which 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.

“Today, when so much of visual culture is explored through digital platforms, we felt it was imperative to open the National Academy of Design’s online doors to the public to share and enlighten all audiences about the importance and richness of the history of American art and the NAD’s place within it,” explains Diana Thompson, who spearheads the NA Database project and serves as Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs. “Now is the prime opportunity to develop ways to share our history and collection with the world. Indeed no history of American art can be told without invoking our storied institution, and it is our goal to provide the public with more information and greater access to this cultural treasure. We are the country’s oldest honorary artist society and our story belongs to all of us.”

The NA Database project involves our partnership with Google Cultural Institute to digitize the collection, as well as the NAD’s new research on the permanent collection that includes scholarly catalogue entries, updated biographies, video documentation, materials culled from the Academy’s unique in-house object files, as well as correlating materials from the NAD 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). The NAD is thrilled to highlight and share the work done for this scholarly endeavor with a larger audience by incorporating it into the online database.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN

Founded in 1825 by a group of artists that included Thomas Cole, Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, and others, the National Academy of Design is an arts organization with a simple yet powerful mission “to promote American art and architecture through exhibition and instruction.” Consisting of three components, the National Academy is an honor society of America’s top artists and architects, as well as a presenter of arts, and an agent of arts education. Over the decades, the Academy has enriched and educated countless generations of artists and architects, while preserving and sharing their work with the public.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN

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Pamela Poland | National Academy of Design | 212.369.4880 | ppoland@nationalacademy.org