Grimes elected member of National Academy

Professor of Art Margaret Grimes was elected a member of the National Academy in New York City.

The National Academy is a museum, art school and honorary association of artists and architects dedicated to “creating and preserving a living history of American Art.”

“I feel honored to be elected into the oldest and most distinguished artist’s association in the United States, and to be asked to contribute a painting to the museum’s collection,” Grimes said. “As a landscape painter, I feel a particular closeness to the National Academy, which was founded by painters from the Hudson River School. Members of that group also founded the Metropolitan Museum. I feel I am part of an ongoing legacy.”

Grimes, the art coordinator for the university’s Master of Fine Arts in Art program, has had her paintings exhibited in many museums and galleries including the National Academy of Design, the Philbrook Museum, the Newport Museum and the Rahr-West Museum. For more than a decade, she has exhibited her work as a one-artist show at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City. Grimes’ work has been reviewed in many national and regional publications including The Boston Globe, Art New England and Art in America.

Grimes is the recipient of the Benjamin Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design and a lifetime appointment as a Distinguished Professor at Western, where she has been the coordinator of the MFA program since 2000.

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Professor of Art Margaret Grimes discusses her paintings during a reception honoring her contributions to the visual arts.