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

For Immediate Release

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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