Founded in 1825, and incorporated in 1828, the National Academy exists to instruct students in the Arts of Design. Since that time, the school continues to accomplish this purpose. In all, the Academy’s holdings include more than 8,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, chronicling major styles and subjects in American art from 1825 to the present. Public exhibitions of the collection have included the works of such artists as Winslow Homer, Frederic E. Church, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, as well as many lesser-known but very capable artists. Throughout the year, a number of changing exhibits are offered, presenting some of the finest in American art.