As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The New York Academy of Art relies on the generosity of our patrons to continue to our mission of providing the rigorous training and classical skills that support the creation of vital, contemporary art.




By becoming a Patron you will help foster the next generation of world-class artists as well as enjoy exclusive access to our distinguished faculty, students, and alumni, receive invitations to Academy events and gallery previews, take part in stimulating trips hosted by Academy leadership, and be involved in a behind-the-scenes way with our MFA artists and their work.

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Corporate Partnerships ensure the vibrancy of our programs while aligning sponsors with a preeminent arts institution, a dynamic and desirable constituency, and exciting programs and events.

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Grants from Foundations and Trusts help sustain the Academy, providing a framework of support for the institution and for individual programs.

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Making a contribution of $1,000 or more, members of the New York Academy of Art’s Patron Program are key allies in our effort to create a home to the most distinguished artists the world has to offer.  Your support will help us enrich our course-offerings; attract prominent teaching artists from around the globe; and allow us to provide crucial merit-based scholarships to students who exhibit financial need.


In appreciation of your generosity, you will receive exclusive access to our artists, faculty, and distinguished alumni; invitations to NYAA events and gallery previews; stimulating trips led by NYAA faculty; and behind-the-scenes studio visits.  More importantly, your gift will directly contribute not only to the future growth of the school, but also to the furtherance of quality art education in the US. See below for a full listing of Patron Member Benefits.


Naming Opportunities and Designated Funds
The Academy recognizes donors who make a significant contribution to the ongoing vitality and stability of the institution by creating special naming opportunities or by helping donors guide their gifts to specific directed funds.  Gifts may be earmarked for anything from named scholarships to artist residencies, exhibition funds, even artists’ supplies and books.  For more information on how to create a special gift, please contact the Development Department at 212-842-5976.



WADE SCHUMAN, Bird and Egg, Chair of the Academy's Painting Department





The artistic community is a diverse and vibrant group, and we are proud to provide a home brings them all together under one roof—be it a first time art buyer combing through an exhibition, a long time enthusiast indulging in one of our master-classes, or a student just arrived for their first day at the Academy.


The New York Academy of Art also regularly attracts a dynamic cross section of sophisticated New Yorkers to our special events, including our annual Take Home a Nude © auction and art party, to our signature Tribeca Ball.


We work with each of our partners to customize a sponsorship that helps them to reach their marketing, promotional, and philanthropic goals. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please call 212-842-5976.






The Academy works closely with our Foundation supporters to identify the opportunities and programs that will enable them to best meet their varying objectives. Foundations play an instrumental role across NYAA programs via general support; help to provide year-round residencies to world-renowned artists; or support new initiatives at the Academy; to name only a few possibilities. The Academy recognizes foundation support in publications and other forums, as appropriate. Please call 212-842-5976 to discuss funding opportunities or to request a proposal.







With an annual gift of $25,000 you will enjoy President benefits as well as:
+ Gift of a custom portrait or original work by an Academy artist of your choice
+ Invitation for two (2) to the Commencement Ceremony and an intimate lunch with the commencement speaker and Academy leadership
+ Opportunity to accompany Academy leadership and artists on annual trip abroad (direct costs to be covered by donor)

With an annual gift of $10,000 you will enjoy Director benefits as well as:
+ Concierge service for personalized assistance with previewing and purchasing art
+ The opportunity to host your own private event in Wilkinson Gallery and tour the studios with your guests
(direct costs to be covered by donor)
+ All access to the Academy's Continuing Education classes (advanced notice required)
+ Invitation for two (2) to tour private collections with the Chairman
+ Verbal acknowledgement at Commencement


With an annual gift of $5,000 you will enjoy Collector benefits as well as :
+ Invitation for two (2) to a private dinner with visiting artists from the Art & Culture Lecture Series and MFA students
+ Invitation for two (2) to Take Home a Nude Artists & Collectors Preview Party
+ Invitation for two (2) to Alumni Studio visits throughout the city
+ The opportunity to observe a closed Master Class with visiting artists and MFA students


With an annual gift of $2,500 you will enjoy Member benefits as well as:
+ VIP Invitation for two (2) to all Exhibition Openings (5-6 throughout the year)
+ Guided tour of an exhibition at your convenience
+ Invitation for two (2) to closed critiques for the ultimate insider's view of the artistic process
+ Invitation for two (2) to the annual Commencement celebration with graduating students, faculty, and artistic leaders


With an annual gift of $1,000 you will enjoy the following privileges:
+ VIP Invitation for two (2) to the Art & Culture Lecture Series
+ Private tour of the studios with up to six (6) guests hosted by the Dean of Faculty
+Invitation to MFA Thesis Show Preview Reception
+ Recognition as a donor in the lobby, on website, and in all Academy programs