HF inducted into National Academy of Design Class of 2018

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National Academicians Class of 2018

Becoming a National Academician is one of the highest honors in American art and architecture and cannot be applied for or solicited. In a tradition dating back to 1825, current members confidentially nominate and elect a new class each year, honoring the group’s remarkable contributions to the canon and story of American art. The Class of 2018, the fifth largest in our history, joined more than 420 living members, with over 2,300 elected since our founding.

National Academicians serve as ambassadors for the arts in America. They show work in our exhibitions, foster the next generation through our educational programs, and, in keeping with an almost 200-year-old tradition, contribute a work to our collection. The NAD permanent collection of nearly 8,000 works—unlike any other in the United States, shaped by the National Academician members themselves—represents one of the nation’s most significant holdings of American art and architecture.