Lviv National Academy of Arts (LNAA) is one of the leading higher educational institutions of the 4th level of accreditation of Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe. It was founded in 1946 on the basis of Lviv Art and Industrial School, known since 1876. The institution functioned as Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Art up to 1994 and as Lviv Academy of Arts up to 2004. The founders of the higher artistic school are the world-famous artists, architects, art experts Yevhen Nahirnyi, Mykola Fediuk, Yosyp Bokshai, Ivan Severa, Roman Selskyi, Carlo Zvirynskyi, Emmanuil Mysko, Dmytro Krvavych, Yakym Zapasko, Zenovii Flinta, Myron Vendzylovych, Danylo Dvoboshynskyi, Volodymyr Ovsiichuk, Yevhen Lysyk, Oleh Minko, Bohdan Soroka, etc.
The educational process at Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative ArtSince in September 1946 started at painting and decorative, sculpture and ceramic, furniture and interior, textiles and applied graphics departments. This determined the specifics of the new educational institution taking into account local features of the artistic and industrial spectrum of creative specialities inherent in the artistic schooling of Galicia at the end of the 19th century. Further professional knowledge directions as well developed from other organizational structures established in Lviv, in particular the Free Academy of Art (1905), Oleksa Novakivskyi’s Art School (1923), the Association of Ukrainian Artists (1922), “Artes” artistic group (1929), the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists (1931), etc. The educational process comprised the creative and pedagogical methodology from academic realism, impressionism to diverse modernist movements, which managed to preserve the important criteria of free creative search amid the totalitarian society standards thus determining the future development perspective of LNAA as a credible national career school of the European standard.
Today LNAA is a modern, dynamic, and integral team of specialists providing high-quality professional knowledge to more than 1,000 students at four faculties and in its division, Kosiv Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts. Applied and decorative arts (ceramics, glass, wood, metal, textiles), fine arts and restoration of works of art (monumental and decorative sculpture, monumental painting, sacred art), design (interior, clothing, graphics), history and theory of art, art management are being actively developed here.
LNAA elaborates the strategy of contemporary artistic education through the integrity of practical skills and science in revealing the individuality of each young creative personality. Highly skilled mentors featuring significant personalities of the artistic process and scientists, laureates of the Ukrainian T. Shevchenko National Prize, other state awards, diploma winners of prestigious international competitions, provide students with the qualitative professional knowledge enriching the graduates of different creative spheres with the best features. New artistic ideas determining the future of these or other artistic events are born here, in classrooms, workshops, museum, student gallery, in creative symposiums, experimental laboratories, painterly plein-airs, discussion tables, conceptual exhibitions. Owing to the “teacher-student” model professional traditions of art textile, art glass, art ceramics, art metal and art wood, monumental and indoor sculpture and painting, sacred art and restoration, environment and clothing design, graphic design, art criticism and cultural studies are being transmitted from one generation to another. Cooperation with numerous specialized arts institutions and humanities universities of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, students exchange and lectures by teachers under “Erasmus +” international program opens new horizons for the integration of the Ukrainian artistic education into the European cultural and artistic space.