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This artists' institute boasts an illustrious membership, a fine arts school and an impressive collection of painting and sculpture..
The Academy was founded in 1825 by a group of artists (including Thomas Cole and Samuel F.B. Morse) to encourage the study and exhibition of American painting and sculpture. Winslow Homer taught here; Norman Rockwell took classes. Currently, the Academy comprises a museum of 19th- and 20th-century American art, an honorary artist organization, and a school of fine art.
The galleries provide a suitably grand backdrop for mostly conservative and representational works, such as Anne Hyatt Huntington's sculpture of "Diana," a once-scandalous rendering of the goddess. Recent exhibits include one on portraiture, and another on the former 10th Street Studio Building. The Academy also boasts one of the largest collections of American art (and architectural prints and works) in the nation, and the Annual Exhibition, dating back to 1826, is the oldest juried art competition in the U.S.
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