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111 Franklin Street, New York, New York, United States

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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.

NYSED Office of Higher Education, 89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12234, p (518) 474-2593
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.

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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.

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The MFA is a specialized 60-credit terminal degree at the graduate level for students seeking advanced education in fine arts. Central to the curriculum is the study of figurative and representational art and the reinterpretation of traditional methods for the contemporary artist. An MFA student is expected to achieve mastery of traditional techniques and practices as well as successful engagement with current art methodologies and critical discourse. The achievement of these goals allows students to develop an authentic visual language as a means to communicate their personal vision, resulting in technically and formally sophisticated work that is engaged with the contemporary art world. The MFA at the Academy requires students to learn traditional methods and techniques in the service of creating vital contemporary art. Potential Academy students align with the Academy's mission through observational skills and a balance of conceptual awareness and technical proficiency.

Students specialize in one of three concentrations, Drawing , Painting or Sculpture.

The New York Academy of Art Certificate of Fine Art (CFA) Program is a twelve-month, 36-credit studio sequence that provides students the opportunity to develop their personal vision and specialized skills within an active and inspiring fine arts school. The CFA program is designed for those seeking intensive instruction in painting, sculpture, and drawing and interested in engaging in the critical discourse of contemporary representational art.

Founded 1982
Course languages (Check multiple if applicable) English
Accreditation MA
Part-Time Instructors 36
Full-Time Instructors 6
Students 170
Accommodation Yes

Part time: USD 1248 / semester

Full time: USD 18718 / semester

New York Academy of Art

111 Franklin Street

New York, New York, 10013, United States

Peter Drake


Peter Drake graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute. He was named Dean of Academic Affairs in 2010 and Provost in 2018 at the New York Academy of Art.

Peter Drake’s art has been featured in 27 Solo exhibitions to date. His work is held in numerous private, corporate and public collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, Phoenix Museum of Art, MOCA LA, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the L.A. County Museum of Art, among others.

Drake has received a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a New York Foundation Fellowship and in January 2016 was chosen to be a participant in the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program. Drake maintains a studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn and is represented by Bernarducci Gallery, New York and Linda Warren Projects, Chicago.

Drake’s Waiting for Toydot, a MTA Arts & Design permanent public art commission for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Massapequa Station opened to the public in 2015. Waiting for Toydot features 18 art glass windows and 5 ceramic/glass mosaics installed throughout the train station.

Curatorial projects include Figurative Diaspora co-curated with Mark Tansey, Piss and Vinegar: Two Generations of Provocateurs, Beautiful Beast, a contemporary representational sculpture exhibition, The Big Picture, and Now and Then: Drawings from the 19th Century to the Present, in partnership with the Dahesh Museum of Art. Drake previously was a curator for The Drawing Center in New York City and wrote for Flash Art Magazine.

Drake actively lectures, curates, serves as a Board Member for the Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. and was a jurist for Base Istanbul 2017 and the XL Catlin Art Prize.

Monica Cook

Director of Sculpture

Cook received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. A residency at the School of Visual Arts brought her to New York in 2004. She Attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine and is a 2018 fellow of Urban Glass Studio, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at galleries throughout the United States and abroad including Postmasters Gallery (New York), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Bilbao (Berlin and Venice), Marcia Wood Gallery (Atlanta), AIR Gallery (New York), Columbus Museum (Columbus) and Sotheby’s (New York, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv). Cook currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City.

Michael Grimaldi

Director of Drawing & Anatomy

Grimaldi studied painting and drawing at the New York Studio School, the National Academy, the Art Students League of New York and performed independent studies in anatomy and dissection at the Facultad Medicina in Buenos Aires and Drexel University College of Medicine. He has taught drawing, painting and anatomy for over twenty years at various institutions including the School of Visual Arts, the National Academy, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Students League of New York and Advanced Artistic Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. He has received numerous awards including the Alma Schapiro Prize and Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants and most recently a residency at the Montello Foundation in NE Nevada. He has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world including the Mori Arts Center (Tokyo), the Arnot Museum (Elmira), the National Academy Museum (New York), Beijing Art Museum (Beijing), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum (Philadelphia), the Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia), Fontbonne University Gallery (St. Louis), de Young Museum (San Francisco), Naples Museum of Art (Naples), John Pence Gallery (San Francisco), Forum Gallery (New York), Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York), Mark Miller Gallery (New York) and Joshua Liner Gallery (New York).

Catherine Howe

Director of Critical Studies

Howe received her MFA in painting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She had her first exhibition in New York at White Columns in 1987. While in Buffalo she served as Curator of Hallwalls, a legendary artist-run space started by Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo. She left Buffalo for a New York studio in the meat packing district in 1989 and became Associate Director of White Columns until 1995. She emerged as an artist while in this creative non-profit milieu in the early 90s along with artists such as John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage – artists also interested in painting a new figuration.

Howe’s work has been discussed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Art in America, Flash Art, the New Art Examiner, and The Los Angeles Times. Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in New York, including solo exhibitions at Lesley Heller Workspace, LES, Claire Oliver, Casey Kaplan, Liz Koury, Littlejohn Contemporary, and Bill Maynes Gallery. Exhibitions abroad include Yukiko Kawase, Paris, and Thomas von Lintel, Munich.

Recent group shows in New York include “Animal as Other”, Danese, curated by April Gornik, “Pornucopia”, Allegra LaViola gallery, and “Desert in the Ocean” a multidisciplinary residency/exhibition with Irish and American artists. She had a solo show in spring of 2012 with Von Lintel Gallery, in Chelsea.

John Jacobsmeyer

Director of Printmaking

New York area for the past 17 years.  He operates the JJHS Press where his wordless book “More Than Human” was published in 2010 and the portfolio “Safety First” was published for the Shanghai Metro in 2013. Jacobsmeyer earned his BFA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University. He has taught or given lectures at over 40 Colleges and Universities around the world including RISD, Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, Shanghai University, Vanderbilt University, and the Pratt Institute. He received artist residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Anchor Graphics, Cill Rialig Ireland, Shanghai University and Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul. Awards include two fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Basil Alkazzi Award, a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, a Pollack-Krasner Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship.   His work is housed in the permanent collections of the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, New Mexico, the Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio, the States of New Hampshire and South Carolina, and the Cities of Seattle and Shanghai, China as well as numerous colleges, universities and private collections.  He has had recent solo exhibitions in Copenhagen and Seattle. His work is available at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai; Davidson Galleries, Seattle.

Wade Schuman

Directror of Painting

Schuman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and traveled extensively in Europe on a Schiedt Travel Grant for Study from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has taught painting and drawing privately for over fifteen years and at various institutions including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He has received many awards, including three Visual Arts Fellowship Grants for Painting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has also received an Award of Excellence from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was a National Endowment for the Arts Mid-Atlantic Regional Fellowship Finalist. He has had numerous one-person shows in New York and Philadelphia, and has shown extensively in many museums in the eastern and southern US. His work has been shown in many publications including The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Art in America, Slate, and The Sciences magazine. He is represented by the Forum Gallery, New York and the More Gallery, Philadelphia.

Steven Assael

Senior Critic

Steven Assael holds a BFA from Pratt Institute. He has taught at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts and has been a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art since 1997. He is the recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Charles Roman Award and an ED Foundation Grant. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, including solo exhibitions at the Naples Museum of Art, the Frye Art Museum (Seattle) and the University of Tennessee, and group shows at the Flint Institute of Art (Michigan), the Kemper Museum (Kansas City), the Yale University Art Gallery, the Queens Museum of Art, and the New York State Museum at Albany. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hunter Museum of Art (Chattanooga), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Kansas City), and the Columbus Museum of Art. In 2000 Lindenhill Books published Steven Assael: Selected Drawings. He is represented by the Forum Gallery in New York.

Will Cotton

Senior Critic

Will Cotton studied at the École des Beaux Arts, Rouen, France, received his BFA from Cooper Union and trained at the New York Academy of Art. He has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions including solo shows at Mary Boone Gallery and Pace Prints in New York, Mario Diacono Gallery (Boston), Galerie Templon (Brussels), and Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles). Group shows include the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Norton Museum of Art (Palm Beach), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the Triennale di Milano, the Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris) and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana). His work is in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio, as well as many prominent private collections. He is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Award for Contemporary Art. He is represented by Mary Boone Gallery.

Vincent Desiderio

Senior Critic

Desiderio received a BA in fine art and art history from Haverford College. He subsequently studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely in solo exhibitions at the Marlborough Gallery and Greenville Museum of Art, and group shows at MoMA P.S. 1, the New Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum and the Kemper Museum (Kansas City). He is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Everson Museum of Art Purchase Prize, a Rome Grant from the Creative Artists Network and a Cresson Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1996 he became the first American artist to receive the International Contemporary Art Prize awarded by the Prince Pierre Foundation of the Principality of Monaco. His works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), Galerie Sammlung Ludwig (Germany), the Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina) and the Indiana University Museum of Art. He is represented by Marlborough Gallery.

Eric Fischl

Senior Critic

Fischl earned his BFA from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. His paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been the subject of numerous solo and major group exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at Mary Boone Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Germany), Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio (Bologna, Italy), Jablonka Gallery (Zurich), and the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, and group shows at MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Musee d’Art Americain (Giverny, France), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, MoMA, MoCA Los Angeles, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, Musée Beaubourg in Paris, and the Paine Weber Collection. Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a Board Member at the New York Academy of Art. He is represented by Skarsedt Gallery.

Judy Fox

Senior Critic

Fox received her BA from Yale University and trained in sculpture at Skowhegan School and the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. She received an MA in Art History and Conservation from the Institute of Fine Art at NYU. She has participated in numerous private and public exhibitions around the US and internationally including solo exhibitions at PPOW (New York), ACE Gallery (Beverly Hills) and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris), and group shows at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, the Tate Museum (Liverpool), the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Venice Biennale and Kunst Werke (Berlin). Fox has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and is a 2006 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and a 2009 Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Edward Schmidt

Senior Critic

A founding member of the faculty at the New York Academy of Art, Schmidt earned a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Brooklyn College. He also studied drawing and painting at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He is a Prix de Rome recipient from the American Academy in Rome, and has received painting grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill, Elizabeth Greenshields, and Adolph Gottlieb Foundations. He has been awarded the Classical America Arthur B. Ross Award for painting and won, with Michael Graves, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Clos Pegase Competition. He has had a solo exhibition at Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts (New Orleans) and been featured group exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), the Arnot Museum (Elmira, NY) the Bayly Museum at the University of Virginia, the Brooklyn Museum, the Gibbs Museum (St. Paul, Minneapolis), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is represented by the More Gallery in Philadelphia and the Hackett Freedman Gallery in San Francisco.


Tschabalala Self

Senior Critic

Tschabalala Self (b. 1990) is a painter from Harlem, NY. She received her BA from Bard College in 2012 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2015. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Bodega Run, Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Tschabalala Self, Frye Museum, Seattle (2019); Bodega Run, Yuz Museum, West Bund Shanghai (2018); Bodega Run, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2017); Sour Patch, Thierry Goldberg, Miami (2017); Tschabalala Self, Tramway, Glasgow (2017); Tschabalala Self, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2017); Desire, Moore Building, Miami (2016); The Function, T293, Naples (2016). Recent group exhibitions include The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2018); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2017); A Shape That Stands Up, Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); and MOOD, MoMA PS1 in collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem , Queens (2019).

Amber Ray by Steven Assael, Senior Critic

Dust Up by Margaret Bowland, Adjunct Faculty

Cockaigne by Vincent Desiderio, Senior Critic

Snow White by Judy Fox, Senior Critic

Senate Camera 2 by John Jacobsmeyer, Director of Printmaking

Study for the Virtues (Sacrifice) by Wade Schuman, Director of Painting

Reclining by Edward Schmidt, Senior Critic