Nicholas Lowry

Role in Furthering the NAC Mission

To provide a nexus for members to recognize, support and encourage excellence in the visual arts. The Fine Arts Committee is supported and complimented in this mission by the Exhibitions Committee and its chair Dee Shapiro as well as the Curatorial Committee and its chair Nicholas Lowry who can be reach at

The Curatorial Committee in particular works with a professional curator to oversee the preservation, documentation and exhibition of The National Arts Club Permanent Collection. 

If you are a member of The National Arts Club and are interested in joining our committee, please email us at

Recently Restored Artwork

Ellin and Kitson  - Two carved panels from the Dining Room of the Tilden Mansion, ca. 1880
Robert Vonnoh (1858 - 1933) - Reverie, 1912
Andrew Winter (1892 - 1958) - Eastern Point Light, 1938
Paul Cornoyer (1864 - 1923) - Shepherd's Cottage, Moonlight, ca. 1905
Louis F. Berneker, Vanity, oil on canvas laid on board – new frame
Edmund Greacen, The Feather Fan, by 1919, oil on canvas – painting conservation
Cover of Ladies Home Journal, 1 March 1911, featuring a reproduction of Harry W. Watrous’s Some Little Talk of Me and Thee There Was – new frame
Philip Little, An Upland Meadow, 1917, oil on canvas – painting conservation
Waldo Peirce, Interior with Mrs. Peirce Sewing, ca. 1916, oil on board – new frame
Reform and Better Times, campaign poster for Samuel J. Tilden – new frame with funds provided by Rebecca Evan-Zohar
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, The Little Putney, No. 1, 1879, etching - new frame

Exhibiting Artist Membership

The "Exhibiting Artists Members" (aka EAM), is a group of artists selected to Exhibiting Artist Membership through a juried application process. You must be a member in good standing of The National Arts Club in order to be considered for membership. Non-members need not apply. Please download an application here and submit it to

  • Upcoming Events

      Fine Arts

      Sunday Salon 
      Elia Alba: The Supper Club

      Sunday, October 15 
      2:30 PM

      This month's artist talk features interdisciplinary Dominican-American artist, Elia Alba; U.S. Virgin Islands Culinary Ambassador for the Department of Tourism, Ralph Motta; and the Executive and Artistic Director of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Sara Reisman.    
         Elia Alba will give a presentation on The Supper Club, a multifaceted art project that brings together prominent contemporary artists of color through portraiture and dialogue over dinner. This December, Alba will collaborate with Chef Motta to create a menu for the TAKE FIVE Art Festival in St. Croix, a celebration and exploration of personal histories that intersect within varying diasporas through the lens of race, gender, environment, power, and identity.  The artist talk is moderated by TAKE FIVE curators Dulcina Abreu and Aaron Maier.


      Fine Arts

      Modigliani "Unmasked"

      Monday, October 16
      8:00 PM

      Illustrated lecture and discussion

      We are pleased to present an illustrated lecture and discussion exploring the work of Amadeo Modigliani with renowned experts Dr. Kenneth Wayne and Dr. Mason Klein.  
         Kenneth Wayne has written and lectured extensively on Modigliani and will mount a Modigliani exhibit at the Barnes Foundation in 2020. He will discuss Modigliani’s popularity and the exciting developments currently underway in Europe and the United States to combat the pernicious problem of Modigliani fakes.   
         Mason Klein is a critic, art historian, and Senior Curator at the Jewish Museum, where he has organized the Museum’s  exhibitions, Modigliani: Beyond the Myth and Modigliani Unmasked. Dr. Klein will examine how Modigliani's preoccupation with his identity as an Italian Sephardic Jew in turn-of-the-century Paris spurred the artist to reconcile the modern portrait, arguing that Modigliani ultimately came to think of identity as beyond national or cultural borders.


      Fine Arts / Curatorial

      Real Fake - The Art , Life and Crimes of Elmyr de Hory

      Monday, November 13
      6:00 PM

      Forgery continues to rock the multi-billion dollar international art market. Headlines abound with the latest cases and gallery closures. While the tools to detect counterfeit art are getting more sophisticated, so are the con-artists that create them. No forger left as an indelible mark on the art world as did the infamous and enigmatic Elmyr de Hory. 
         Documentary film director Jeff Oppenheim, leads a discussion with Sr. VP of Pall Mall Art Advisors, Colleen Boyle; Director of the Thaw Conservation Center, Margaret Holben Ellis; and Art Litigator and Partner at Pryor Cashman LLP William Charron on how they apply provenance, connoisseurship and forensics to ferret out works by the most prolific forger of the last century as chronicled in the new documentary - Real Fake - The Art, Life and Crimes of Elmyr de Hory.

      Image shown: Film maker Jeff Oppenheim at the Forensics Board

  • Medal of Honor
    • 1958 – John C. Johansen, NA

      1959 – Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

      1960 – Paul Manship, NA

      1961 – Senator William Benton

      1962 – Malvina Hoffman, NA

      1963 – John Koch, NA

      1964 – Charles A. Aiken

      1965 – Salvador Dali

      1966 – Chen Chi, NA

      1967 – Norman Kent, NA and Ogden Pleissner, NA

      1968 – Isabel Bishop, NA

      1969 – Tore Asplund, NA and Frank Bensing

      1970 – John Canaday

      1971 – Eric Larrabee

      1972 – J. Carter Brown

      1973 – Louise Nevelson

      1974 – Eric Sloane, NA and Thomas Hart Benton, NA

      1975 – Jose de Creeft, NA

      1976 – R. Buckminster Fuller, NA

      1977 – Stewart Klonis and The Art Students League

      1978 – Xavier Gonzalez, NA

      1979 – Raphael Soyer, NA

      1980 – Clement E. Conger

      1981 – I.M. Pei, NA

      1982 – Betty Parsons

      1983 – Robert Motherwell

      1984 – Alice Neel, NA

      1985 – James Brooks, ANA

      1986 – Red Grooms, ANA

      1987 – Louise Bourgeois, ANA

      1988 – George Segal

      1989 – Robert Rauschenberg, NA

      1990 – Will Barnet, NA

      1991 – Norman Rockwell Museum

      1992 – Christo

      1993 – Jacob Lawrence

      1994 – Roy Lichtenstein

      1995 – Marisol

      2000 - Nam June Paik

      2001 - Frank Stella

      2002 - Dale Chihuly

      2005 - Chuck Close

      2006 - James Turrell

      2008 - James Moody

      2009 - Ed Ruscha

      2014 - Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

      2015 - Robert Wilson

      2017 - Faith Ringgold

  • Past Events