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National Academy Museum Re-opens

The National Academy Museum and School celebrates its reopening with a three-day weekend of free admission and free art classes from September 16 – 18, 2011.

Don Voisine (b. 1952), Delayed Green, 2007, Oil on wood (detail)

The Academy offers art sessions by professional artists for art enthusiasts of all ages. Instructions include still life composition, drawing from live models, printmaking, and copying masterpieces. Providing art supplies and portrait models, the art sessions take place throughout the newly renovated facility.
Closed for renovations since July 2010, the museum reopening weekend introduces visitors to the Academy’s newly redesigned public spaces, starting with the museum lobby, which highlights the Academy’s historic legacy featuring a ceiling engraved with the names of nearly 2000 National Academicians dating back to 1825 and celebrating newly inducted artists including Janine Antoni, Ann Hamilton, Glenn Ligon, Dana Schutz and others. Video images of recent work by these artists may be viewed on a monitor in the museum lobby. The renovations to the six-story 1902 Beaux Arts townhouse, 1915 extension and 1959 school also include revitalized museum galleries and two new galleries in the National Academy School.

Reopening exhibitions include Will Barnet at 100, the first New York museum retrospective of the artist, celebrated for his figurative and abstract paintings, who at age 100 continues to paint and to give critiques at the National Academy School.
An American Collection highlights thematic exhibitions from the collection, including its centerpiece, a salon-style installation of approximately 100 works from the museum’s collections of over 7,000 works of art and architecture. Built largely by artists and architects through their Diploma presentations, works they submitted upon induction as National Academicians (NA), the collection reveals the breadth and inspiring sweep of American art. Dedicated to the opinions and sensibilities of artists, the collection is unique as it reflects the voices of American artists, presenting a living history of American art. The collection continues to grow today as new artists and architects are inducted as members of the Academy every year.

Founded in 1825, the National Academy Museum and School is the only institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school, and honorary association of artists and architects dedicated to creating and furthering a living history of American art. The Academy promotes American art and architecture through exhibition and education and continues to play a critical role in fostering the visual arts in America.

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