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The Dayton Art Institute will be the debut venue for this major traveling exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and the National Academy of Design. Founded in 1825, the National Academy of Design (known simply as the National Academy) has long been a leading artistic voice in America as an honorary artists’ society, school, and museum. This exhibition of 100 paintings by 78 artists tells the story of the National Academy, from the early 19th century into the 21st.
The exhibition features masterworks by many of its prominent members along with portraits of several of the artists, since a portrait was a requirement for membership. Included are works by some of the most recognizable names in American art: Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Maxfield Parrish, William Merritt Chase, N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, Robert Henri, Ernest Blumenschein, Isabel Bishop, Richard Estes, Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Saul, and many more.
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The DAI is offering a unique opportunity to support the museum during our centennial celebrations in 2019. Show local support for the museum and our first exhibition of the season by “adopting” a painting in the exhibition and being recognized alongside it in the special exhibition galleries. Read More
Friday, March 1, 5:30-8 p.m.
Auditorium Talk about For America
Thursday, April 25, 6 p.m.
Member Preview Days:
Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, February 22, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Early entry at 5:30 p.m. for Supporting, Sustaining, and Benefactor members
Free to members; RSVP by calling 937-223-4ART(4278)
The national tour of For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design is supported by the JFM Foundation, Monique Schoen Warshaw, and Steph and Jody La Nasa.
Admission is free for museum members
$11 seniors (60+), students (18+ w/ID), active military and groups (10 or more)
$6 youth (ages 7–17)
free for children (ages 6 & under).
Prices include admission to the exhibition and the museum’s collection galleries. Guided tours of the exhibition are available for individuals, groups and schools. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Rique Hagen, at 937-223-4278, ext. 332 or email@example.com.