National Academy of Design

An art organization founded in 1826 (with the help of Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand) for the purpose of exhibiting original works of art by contemporary American artists. Cole and many other Hudson River School artists participated in the National Academy's annual exhibition, while William Cullen Bryant gave an annual series of lectures on Greek and Roman mythology there. The National Academy of Design remains to this day an association of professional artists in New York, where it maintains a museum.