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What do artists Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, and Winslow Homer have in common? They studied at the National Academy School, where artists continue to get their start through the Academy’s Studio Art Intensive Program. 

The Studio Art Intensive is for artists who are looking to launch their careers or prepare for competitive MFA programs. Offering opportunities for one or two years of study, the Studio Art Intensive is a gathering point for international artists coming from a variety of fields and working in different mediums.

Through portfolio critiques and gallery visits, students in the Studio Art Intensive program gain practical tools to prepare for the art market. “I’m getting an MFA-caliber education every day…what’s exceptional about the experience is the emphasis on preparing the artist for the market and what to expect when you get there,” said student David Bourke. Each student builds his or her own concentration in sculpture, printmaking, photography or video, culminating their studies with a solo or group show at the Academy School.

The Studio Art Intensive is a catalyst for creative discovery. Find out more and register at


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