New York Academy of Art

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New York Academy of Art
Gallery
Established1980[1]
Location, ,
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
CampusUrban
Other nameGraduate School of Figurative Art
Websitewww.nyaa.edu
Street entrance

The New York Academy of Art is a private art university in New York City. The academy is a graduate school that focuses on technical training and critical discourse.

History[edit]

The New York Academy of Art was established in 1982 through a merger of The New Brooklyn School of Life Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, formed by Francis Cunningham (painter) and Barney Hodes in 1979, and the New York Drawing Association, created by Stuart Pivar in 1979.

Similar to many new institutions, the academy faced its fair share of early management and financial missteps. In a bizarre series of events in the 1990s, Pivar claimed he was maneuvered off the school'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 institution.[1] Pivar's dispute escalated, and in 1997 he sued the college for $50 million for "emotional and mental distress".[2]

After the dismissal and resolution of all four claims,[3] the academy began rebuilding on a solid foundation which has ushered in a tradition of excellence[4].

Academics[edit]

The New York Academy of Art offers a Masters of Fine Arts program. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in May 2013.[5] 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 is the only one in the United States to offer a Master of Fine Arts in anatomical and figure drawing.[1]

The academy also offers a continuing Education Program and a certificate program.[6]

Facilities[edit]

The Academy occupies a renovated five-story, forty-two thousand square foot landmark building constructed in 1861. In total, the Academy houses eight MFA classrooms, multiple exhibition spaces, approximately 100 studio spaces, a library and archives, three student lounges, a woodshop, a kiln, sculpture floor, and printmaking facilities.

Notable alumni[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ "Letters". New York Magazine. May 13, 1996. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/arts/design/new-york-academy-of-art-recovers-from-a-bad-reputation.html
  5. ^ http://nyaa.edu/nyaa/about.html
  6. ^ http://nyaa.edu/nyaa/ce/index.html

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