The National Academy of Design (NAD)

VOLTA is pleased to announce a partnership with The National Academy of Design (NAD). This collaboration actualizes as intimate public gatherings at the New York fair, and it advocates for the fair’s social reach. National Academicians, the NAD’s artist and architect honorary members, provide insight for fair visitors on the themes of influence by engaging in dialogue, exhibiting video works, and supporting the VOLTA Cares initiative. Programming and participating Academicians will be announced in January. 

Founded in 1825 by Thomas Cole, Samuel B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, and others, the Academy’s simple yet powerful mission is “to promote American art and architecture through exhibition and instruction.” Notes Mary Fisher, NAD’s Interim Executive Director, “The National Academy is proud to partner with VOLTA to promote artists and support the next generation of creative minds.”

VOLTA has a history of collaboration with National Academicians, who now number 450 living members, with over 2,300 elected since the Academy’s founding. These notable Academicians include Hank Willis Thomas (NA 2018), featured in VOLTA’s 2016 Salon Series, and Mickalene Thomas (NA 2016), who co-organized the fair’s 2018 Curated Section. For VOLTA New York 2019, the inclusion of key pieces from the NAD’s permanent collection will add a layer of depth and context regarding American art history for fair visitors.

“Education has always been a goal of ours, from the entire context of the New York platform — immersive solo projects by emerging or underrepresented international artists — to the navigation of our fairs — focused and approachable for both veteran and nascent collectors,” adds Amanda Coulson, VOLTA Artistic Director. “As such, I look forward to this first collaboration with the National Academy. Its rich cultural scholarship and lineage of Academician mentors promotes creativity, accessibility, and inclusion — qualities we strive for in every VOLTA edition."