National Academy of Arts
The National Academy of Arts (Bulgarian: Национална художествена академия; abbreviated НХА, NAA) is an institution of higher education in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is the oldest and most renowned academy of arts in the country.
The National Academy of Arts was founded in 1896 by the noted artists and public figures Ivan Mrkvička, Anton Mitov and Dr Ivan Shishmanov, who drafted a bill regarding the establishment of the State School of Drawing. Czechs Mrkvička and Jaroslav Věšín were the first teachers in the State School. The faculty has also included Jewish sculptor Boris Schatz. 
1,000 students are being educated at the academy in various art subjects, as well as 130 foreign students and 35 future doctors. The academy consists of two faculties, a Faculty of Fine Arts and a Faculty of Applied Arts, each offering a number of subjects.
The National Academy of Arts edifice was built in 1906 after a project by Alexander Smirnov, the construction being guided by F. Schwanberg.
- Dimitar Krustev. Began studies in 1940, drafted into the Bulgarian Army in 1942. Later emigrated to the United States, achieving recognition as both an artist and art teacher, as well for his explorations in Central and South America.
- Angel Metodiev (summa cum laude)
- Theodore Ushev
- Diana Muir Appelbaum, "First, Build an Art School", Aug. 1, 2012, Jewish Ideas Daily, http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/4635/features/first-build-an-art-school/
- NAA website (in Bulgarian and English)
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