New York Academy of Art

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New York Academy of Art
Established 1980[1]
Location 111 Franklin Street
New York City
, New York, United States
40°43′06″N 74°00′22″W / 40.7184°N 74.0060°W / 40.7184; -74.0060Coordinates: 40°43′06″N 74°00′22″W / 40.7184°N 74.0060°W / 40.7184; -74.0060
Campus Urban
Other name Graduate School of Figurative Art

The New York Academy of Art is an American private, not-for-profit art university, located at 111 Franklin Street in the neighborhood of Tribeca in Manhattan borough of New York City. The Academy is a graduate school that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. Academy students are taught traditional methods and techniques.

History and Founding[edit]

The Academy was founded in 1980 by chemist and art collector Stuart Pivar, Dennis Smith and Russell Colgate Wilkinson along with other artists such as Pivar's friend Andy Warhol.[1]

The School was hit by scandal, disorganisation and personnel moves during the 1990s. A number of professors were sacked or resigned. Pivar claimed he was manoeuvered off the college's board in 1994 by Smith and Wilkinson.[1] He then sued the Academy for losing several of his artworks.[1] A 1994 report by education consultant Robert Montgomery accused the school of failing the basic requirements of an educational institutuon.[1]

Pivar's dispute escalated and, in 1997, he sued the college for $50 million for "emotional and mental distress".[2]


The New York Academy of Art offers instruction in figurative arts and art history.[3] On successful completion of a two-year program, it bestows on qualified students the Master of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in drawing, painting and sculpture. The Academy offers continuing-education opportunities, in addition to their degree-path curriculum.

MFA candidates may also study additional tracks in 'Anatomy' (four courses about human and animal anatomy, kinesthetics, and anatomical drawings)[4] and 'Printmaking' (three courses providing students with educational depth in lithography, intaglio, relief, and monotype).[5]


The Academy received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in May 2013. 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. It is institutionally accredited by the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education acting under their standing as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

The college was the only one in the USA to offer a Master of Fine Arts in anatomical and figure drawing.[1]

Its critique has been described as its strength, producing a number of "engaging and interesting" artists who have "a vivid relationship with their work".[6]


The Academy offers studios and a library for its students and staff, and also hosts frequent exhibitions and lectures.


Faculty and senior critics include Susanna Coffey, Daniel Edwards, Judy Fox, Sharon Louden, Judith Schaechter, Nicola Verlato, Steven Assael, Will Cotton, Vincent Desiderio, Eric Fischl, Donald Kuspit and Jenny Saville.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f John Connolly (April 8, 1996). "School for Scandal". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ Kiel, Beth Landman; Mitchell, Deborah (December 1, 1997). "Stuart Pivar's new $50 million suit". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  3. ^ Staff (July 30, 1998). "New York Academy of Art". Resource Library (via Traditional Fine Arts Organization). Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
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  6. ^ Maidman, Daniel (September 9, 2013). "Talking with Artists at NYAA". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 

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