Visiting Faculty member Nancy Friese has been elected to membership of the National Academy Museum & School in New York.
Friese earned her undergraduate B.S. degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. Two faculty members emeriti of the College, David Dewey and Don Gheno, are also faculty members of the National Academy.
In 1825, a group of artists formed the first professional artist association in America modeled on The Royal Academy of London. Founding members, Thomas Cole, Rembrandt Peale, Ithiel Towne, and Samuel F.B. Morse, the Academy’s first president, wanted to establish an organization to rival their European counterpart. They were committed to having an artist-run organization, a professional art school, and establishing an annual exhibition of contemporary American art. They accomplished their goals, and today, the National Academy continues to foster the arts in America.
Some of the country’s most prestigious artists belong to the National Academy, who are elected by their peers, and give a work of art upon their acceptance of the honor of their election. One of the most unique and important collections of American art has been amassed through this diploma process. Today, some 330 living painters, sculptors, graphic artists and architects, are active members of the National Academy.
River, a line etching by Friese from 2008, is pictured below.