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Frances Barth Joins National Academy

Mount Royal graduate director Receives one of the highest honors in American art

Posted 10.26.11 by MICA Communications

Frances Barth, Tangent Bouquet

Frances Barth, MICA's Mount Royal School of Art graduate director, recently joined the National Academy, one of the highest honors in American art and architecture. Membership in the Academy places Barth alongside Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Gehry, Maya Lin, MICA faculty member Raoul Middleman and prior faculty member Sharon Yates, and many of the most significant American artists and architects of the past 200 years. A celebration for the election takes place on Oct. 26. 

Each year, the Academicians meet to elect new members whom they feel embody the highest standards in visual art and architecture. Samuel F.B. Morse, Asher B. Durand and Thomas Cole founded the Academy in 1825 "to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition." An integral part of that mission is the Academy's Annual Exhibition, which has continued uninterrupted for 186 years. The upcoming 186th Annual Exhibition will combine work by Academicians and non-Academicians and will illustrate the cross-generational connections between well established and emerging artists and architects.

Today the Academy is a unique tripartite institution consisting of an artists' association, a dynamic museum and collection, and a thriving school. Along with the prestige of membership come opportunities to exhibit, teach, lecture and meet with fellow artists and architects. Academicians may take part in nominating new members, selecting works for the invitational part of the Annual or serving on one of the several governing committees.

The National Academy is pleased to announce the following 32 artists and architects elected to membership for 2011:
Polly Apfelbaum
Frances Barth
Lynda Benglis
Walter Chatham
Elizabeth Diller & Ricardo Scofidio
Jacqueline Gourevitch
Margaret Grimes
Dan Gustin
Julie Heffernan
Mary Heilmann
Eric Holzman
Walter Hood
Valerie Jaudon
Roberto Juarez
Richard Kalina
David Kamp
Leonid Lerman
Kerry James Marshall
Beverly Pepper
Thomas Phifer
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Alison Saar
Carolee Schneemann
James Siena
Jessica Stockholder
William Tucker
James Turrell
Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown
Alexi Worth




Image caption: Frances Barth, Tangent Bouquet, acrylic on panel, 2009.