Located on the first floor, the Library supports the academic programs of the New York Academy of Art and collects in all areas of the visual arts. The collection includes titles specifically selected to reflect the MFA curriculum, with a focus on the work of figurative artists, art history, art criticism, and anatomical studies. Holdings include monographs, catalogues raisonnés, exhibition catalogs, periodicals, and visual materials. In addition to the main collections, the Library also houses the Academy’s Archives, including audio and video recordings of visiting lecturers and faculty and alumni artist files. Electronic resources include an online catalog for searching the collections and subscriptions to ArtStor and ProQuest. For more information, see the library page in the student life section.
The cast collection consists of nineteenth-century plaster casts of Classical, Renaissance and later European sculpture, most on extended loan from the Royal Academy Collections, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cornell University and Amherst College. Beginning in the summer of 2002, the Academy began an extensive restoration program of its collection.
The New York Academy’s printshop, in the garden level, is specially equipped for traditional intaglio methods of mezzotint, engraving, etching and drypoint as well as woodcut and plate lithography. We have a 40 x 60 in. Griffin etching press, a state-of-the-art Gerver plate shears, numerous ferric chloride baths, a 24 x 30 in hotplate, several inking tables, leather and composite hand rollers and much more. Essentially, the printshop is equipped to facilitate the creation of high quality hand drawn and hand-pulled prints. However, consistent with the Academy’s charter, we do not specialize in photo processes.