New York Academy Of Art

Representational painting, drawing and sculpture centering on the human figure have returned to assert their prominence in the mainstream of visual art, and figurative art is once again at the forefront of contemporary cultural discourse.

From ancient to recent times, artists have used the human form as a means to express their innermost thoughts and highest ideals. Historically, artists devoted years of training to master the nuances and complexities of the body’s representation in art.

Today, the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art advances this tradition as the basis for the development of vital contemporary art. The study of the human body and its conceptual and metaphorical aspects are central to the Academy’s intensive curriculum, leading to the Masters of Fine Arts degree.

The New York Academy of Art was founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, who were interested in fostering the resurgence of figurative and representational art.

In 1993, it purchased the current facility at 111 Frankli... [ Read All ]

New York

United States

111 Franklin Street
Phone: 212-966-0300
Fax: 212-966-3217

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Our Aims

The Academy educates students in the rendering of the human figure with an understanding of the intrinsic structures that allow it to serve as a powerful vehicle for meaning. Here, developing artists acquire the tools necessary to invest their work with sound draftsmanship, convincing technique and visual authority. They also engage in high-level discourse about the nature of contemporary figurative art within a curriculum and a campus that embraces the energetic and culturally diverse milieu of the New York art community. The course of instruction is rigorously structured. Issues of rendering are addressed from the perspectives of different media and modes of expression. Studio courses, unique elective courses and master classes provide graduate level study in practice, art history and contemporary theory. The history of art, ideas and technique is explored, creating a foundation upon which our graduates can build a lifetime of artistic production.  

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Location and Getting there

111 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013  

Department and information about the department

The Graduate School of Figurative Art offers a twoyear, full-time, four-semester program leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree.

The Academy offers graduate students intensive advanced education in both the traditions and current developments in figurative art.

The creation of convincing works of art that deliver penetrating insights into the human condition requires a level of drawing ability, spatial conception and theoretical underpinning that is unique in the Academy’s MFA. With this goal in mind, the curriculum is organized into a sequence of courses that build on each other but allow for choice and flexibility so that individual artists can tailor their education to particular artistic goals.

Students may concentrate in painting, drawing or sculpture, any of which may be combined with printmaking.  

Degree Shows

Academic Staff and Description

Vincent Desiderio
Eric Fischl
Jenny Saville
Steven Assael
Will Cotton

John Jacobsmeyer, Faculty Chair
Harvey Citron
Catherine Howe
Edward Schmidt
Wade Schuman

Margaret Bowland
Patrick Connors
Peter Cox
Adam Cvijanovic
José DeJesús
Peter Drake
Cynthia Eardley
Laura Frazure
Thomas Germano
Debra Goertz
Werner Hoeflich
John Horn
David Klass
Andrew Lenaghan
Nina Levent
Nina Levy
Randolph L. McIver
Mark Mennin
Frank Porcu
Chris Pugliese
Judith Schaechter
Robert Simon
Dan Thompson
John Wellington  

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News and Events  

Information For  Undergraduates

Open House

The New York Academy of Art cordially invites you to attend an Open House and learn more about the Master of Fine Arts degree program of its Graduate School of Figurative Art. At Open Houses, participants view a presentation of work by MFA faculty, alumni and students, tour the facility, discuss the application process and receive individual portfolio reviews.

The Open House/Information Session schedule for 2008 Admission is as follows:

Saturday, November 15th, 12-2pm
Saturday, December 6th, 12-2pm
Saturday, January 17th, 12-2pm
Thursday, February 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, March 26th, 6:30-8:30pm
**Attendees will have their application fee reduced from $80 to $60.

To attend one of the above sessions, contact 212.966.0300 x962 or



Student Facilities

The Academy occupies a renovated five-story building. During their course of
study, all students are provided with either communal, semi-private or private
studio space as dictated by their program track and progress in the course.
Drawing and painting classrooms are located on the fifth floor. Semi-private and
private studios for second year painting students are on the fourth floor. The third
floor contains semi-private studios for second year painters and first year students,
and a sculpture classroom. A drawing/anatomy resource room (containing casts,
study specimens, props and reference diagrams), and both semi-private student
studios for first year students and private studios for second year students are
located on the second floor. The library and Wilkinson Hall are on the first floor.
Wilkinson Hall is used for public lectures, special programs and exhibitions. The
print shop, sculpture studios, and supply room occupy the garden level. Student
and faculty lockers for personal storage are located throughout the building.
Cast Collection

How To Apply

For MFA consideration, candidates must submit:
(*please note: all application materials become property of the New York Academy of Art)

- The application form and a $80 non-refundable application fee.
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate colleges attended.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s work. Letters from academic professionals are strongly recommended.
- A one-page statement of educational objectives and career goals indicating why you believe they will be advanced by study at the Academy.
- A portfolio of no more than twenty images arranged in chronological order and accompanied by a slide script detailing the title, date, media and dimensions of each piece. The portfolio must include five figure drawings. Those submitting images of sculptures should include no more than two views of each sculpture. Applicants are encouraged to attend an Academy open house event and participate in a portfolio review. For more information on attending an open house, please contact

- International applicants must submit a certified English translation of...  [ Read All ]

Visit us (open days)

Academy tours for prospective students are offered on Thursdays from 12-1 pm. The weeks of Academy holidays (November 19, December 24 and 31), tours will not be available. Please confirm your date with the Admissions office via email at or call 212.966.0300.  

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