The New York Academy of Art was founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, to foster a resurgence in the training of figurative and representational art. The Academy has since developed into a non-profit cultural institution housing the nation’s first graduate school of figurative art, a continuing education program.
Founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, the New York Academy of Art is the center of creativity, learning, and expertise in progressive figurative and representational art. Through an enduring commitment to traditional skills and a strong engagement with contemporary discourse, the Academy will empower a new generation of artists. Click the links below to find out more about our programs and how to apply.
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The Academy Library provides written, visual, and electronic resources to meet the intellectual and creative needs of the academy’s community of artists. Through specialized collections, bibliographic instruction, and outstanding services, the Library is a space for technical study, critical exploration, and idea generation, and equips students with the skills necessary to embark on a lifetime of learning and artistic growth. The Library collects in the areas of the visual arts and includes titles specifically selected to support the MFA curriculum.
The New York Academy of Art is institutionally accredited by the New York State Board of Regents (Regents) and the New York State Commissioner of Education acting under their standing as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Academy was granted an Absolute Charter on June 24, 1994, by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the State Education Department, and executed under the seal of said University and recorded as Number 21,661.
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