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The New York Academy of Art is a graduate school that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. We believe that rigorously trained artists are best able to realize their artistic vision. Academy students are taught traditional methods and techniques and encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art. The Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art.


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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, the region’s most in-depth figurative art library, an extensive exhibition and lecture series, and iconic New York City events such as Take Home a Nude and Tribeca Ball.


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Left: Jamie Wyeth, Andy Without Glasses



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.

The purposes for which such corporation is to be formed are:
To conduct studio art education programs (painting, drawing, and sculpture) leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree, which offer college graduates intensive advanced education in the classical tradition of figurative art, and to assure that such academically trained artists will continue to be available in sufficient numbers to our schools and the society at large.

NYSED Office of Higher Education, 89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12234, p: 518.474.2593

The New York Academy of Art is an accredited Associate member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) effective as of April 2013. NASAD is a specialized accrediting agency for schools of art and design and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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The New York Academy of Art is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.



MSCHE 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (p) 267-284-5000




Office of College and University Evaluation
Attention: Accreditation State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, 5 North Mezzanine
Albany, NY 12234
p: 518.474.1551
f: 518.486.2779







111 Franklin Street

New York, NY 10013


(between Church Street and West Broadway)

The Academy is located in the lower Manhattan historic district of TriBeCa,

once a commercial area and the city's primary distribution center for textiles and dry goods. TriBeCa and its neighboring districts, SoHo and Chelsea, are noted for their restaurants, boutiques, galleries, museums and large population of artists; TriBeCa hosts its own annual film festival and an annual tour of artists' studios.






The Academy is close to several subway and bus stops. Visit MTA.INFO to find your best options and for current schedules.


New Jersey commuters can use the PATH TRAIN.



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to Franklin or Chambers

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