191st National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition in Chelsea for 2024

The National Academy of Design presents the 191st Annual Exhibition, the longest-running serial exhibition of contemporary art and architecture in the United States. Dating to 1826, the 191st Annual will feature work by 116 artists and architects, all of whom were elected as National Academicians in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to art and architecture in the United States.

The first in-person Annual in nearly a decade and the first in the Academy’s new home in Chelsea, the “191st Annual: Academy Style” will run June 20 – September 14, 2024, at the National Academy’s recently launched exhibition space at 519 West 26th Street in Chelsea.

The “191st Annual: Academy Style” encompasses aesthetic and conceptual approaches including abstraction, minimalism, realism, figuration and portraiture in a range of mediums such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video, architectural models, book projects and printmaking. Participation in the Annual is open to the National Academy’s membership of 450 elected artists and architects, of which 116 submitted more than 140 works for exhibition.

Nevertheless, thematic groupings emerge from the submissions, including spirituality, landscape, nature, community, social life, and intimacy, perhaps a reflection on recent years, when the Academy was temporarily without an exhibition space, compounded by the distance imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Opening less than a year after the Academy’s launch of its new home in Chelsea, the exhibition reiterates the institution’s commitment to its members, a community of 420 artists and architects across the United States.

Well over one-third of the exhibiting artists and architects have been elected to the Academy since the last in-person Annual Exhibition in 2015.

Founded in 1825, ‘Academy Style’ at the National Academy has undergone many transformations over the years. Today ‘Academy Style’ is diverse in practice, decidedly contemporary (members were invited to submit works made in the last three years) and reflective of an institutional identity and ethos initiated and led by artists and architects.

In the earliest years of the National Academy, the artwork produced by the membership followed the English tradition in both style and method, with an emphasis on painting focused on history, landscape and portraiture. The Academy initially engaged with the ‘arts of design’ as defined in 1825 to include painting, drawing, architecture, sculpture, and engraving. Now, nearly 200 years later, more recently elected Academicians work in mediums that had not yet entered the Western canon when the National Academy was founded: installation, moving image, printmaking, digital art and socially engaged art and architecture, among others – all examples of 21st Century ‘Academy Style.’

Annual Exhibition Awards

Through the generosity of donors and Academicians dating back a century, the National Academy of Design will award up to $47,600 in endowed prizes to artists and architects participating in the 191st Annual Exhibition, selected by an invited jury of seven critics, art historians, and curators (list follows below). Selected artists and architects will be announced at a ceremony for the awardees on September 5, 2024.

About The National Academy of Design

Founded in 1825, the National Academy of Design is one of the leading honorary societies for artists and architects in the United States. An advocate for the arts as a tool for education, the National Academy promotes art and architecture in America through public programming, exhibitions, grantmaking, fellowships and research.

The National Academy’s membership is made up of 450 artists and architects who have been elected by their peers in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to art and architecture in America; upon election, incoming National Academicians are invited to donate a representative sample of their work to the Academy’s collection, which today represents one of the most significant collections of American art and architecture ever assembled.

For the past two centuries, the National Academy has celebrated the role of artists and architects in public life and served as a catalyst for cultural conversations that propel society forward.

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