The National Academy Museum & School is an institution built by America's greatest artist and architects; it was founded in 1825 by five such esteemed artists, dedicated to promoting the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition, a clear-eyed vision that still guides the Academy.
Members of the Academy - or National Academicians - have included such international figures as Asher B. Durand, Thomas Eakins, Cecelia Beaux, Andrew Wyeth and Frank Lloyd Wright; today's National Academicians include Robert Rauschenberg, Eric Fischl, Frank Gehry, Cindy Sherman and Renzo Piano. The National Academy Museum is New York City's oldest, offering exhibitions combining its outstanding permanent collection as well as contemporary, loaned works in all artistic genres and media. The Museum's stately setting in an elegant Fifth Avenue mansion provides an intimate setting to experience art, an environment ideal for reflection and contemplation. The National Academy School galleries also exhibit works of the young artists enrolled there; past students have included Winslow Homer, George Innis and Willem de Kooning.