The idea of Art Academy creation originated over 100 years ago and consequently the modern educational institution is considered a legal successor of the best traditions and acquisition of art education initiated in Lviv in the middle of the 19th century. It has its origin in the school of design and drawing attached to the Museum of Artistic Craft (1876), Free Academy of Art (1905), O. Novakivskyi’s Art School (1923), and Academy of Arts (V. Krychevskyi was a rector of it in 1944). Such prominent artists as I. Trush, O. Kulchytska, O. Kurylas, A. Manastyrskyi, H. Smolskyi, S. Hordynskyi and many others studied and then taught at these art institutions.
The foundation of the higher artistic educational institution in Lviv in 1946 was caused by an acute need of highly qualified specialists of fine art, applied and decorative art in Lviv. Hence at first the chairs of art textile, art ceramics, wood ware, sculpture and painting played the leading role. They were closely connected with the local traditions, folk art creation and at the same time they traditionally kept on accumulating the achievements of European art education and art. During next ten years the Lviv Academy essentially extended its educational propositions, it was enriched with a lot of new forms and trends of artists training admittedly meets the European standards. A large competition among entrants that come from different regions of Ukraine as well as from many foreign countries is a convincing confirmation of its high level. Among the educational innovations introduced by the Lviv Academy there are numerous specializations that correspond to modern requirements of entrants. The matter concerns the exclusive trends of graphic design, artistic means of advertisement, monumental painting, art metal, interior design, furniture design and new kinds of ceramics, art glass, art textile and others.
In 1994 the Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Art was converted into the Lviv Academy of Arts and in 2004 it got a status of a national educational institution for its significant contribution to the development of the national education and science, state and international activity by the resolution of the Ministry of Ukraine. In the structure of the Academy there are five departments (one of them is in Sevastopol), the Kosiv Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts (Ivano-Frankivsk region), the extension courses, the access course for entrants, the scientific and research section, the post graduate and Doctoral studies, the Specialized Academic Council dealing with defense of Ph.D. and doctoral theses (art criticism), the scientific library, the museum, the modern art gallery, the publishing section, artistic and production workshops. Such well-known Ukrainian pedagogues, artists and art critics as I. Bokshai, I. Severa, V. Manastyrskyi, R. Smolskyi, K. Zvirynskyi, M. Fediuk, M. Vendzylovych, P. Zholtovskyi, E. Mysko, E. Lysyk, Ia. Zapasko, V. Ovsiychuk played a dominant role in the Academy formation. They formed author’s school of painting, sculpture, applied and decorative arts, scenography, history and theory of arts. The educational and creative studios (art classes) of the leading professors are a form of art education. Among them there are studios of the Academician, the rector of the Lviv National Academy of Arts, the T. Shevchenko prize-winner Bokotey (blown glass), People’s artist L. Medvid (monumental painting), the professor, Honoured artist of Ukraine Oleg Minko (art textile), the Academician, the Franko prize-winner Ya. Zapasko and Corresponding member, the T. Shevchenko prize-winner V. Ovsiychuk (art criticism), the professor, People’s artist of Ukraine I. Samotos (monumental sculpture), the professor, Honoured works of art R. Vasylyk (sacral art), the doctor of Art Criticism O. Bodnar (theory of design), Honoured artist of Ukraine O. Bonkovsky (art metal) and others.
21 graduates of the Academy became T. Shevchenko prize-winners. Modern development of the Academy is impossible without active collaboration with home and foreign higher educational institutions. First of all it concerns long and productive collaboration with Kyiv National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture and the Kharkiv Academy of Design and Art. Among foreign educational institutions there are a good few of famous European art academies and institutes in Poland, France, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Russia, Baltic countries. It is especially actual in terms of European educational integration. In 1993 the Educational – Scientific and Creative Complex was founded on the basis of the Academy. Its activity became the effective methods of realization of state programs. Twenty-two educational institutions of Ukraine of the 1st – 4th accreditation form parts of it. These educational institutions train specialists in art, design, restoration and art criticism.
Faculty of designGraphic Design
Faculty of decorative and applied artsArt Textile
Faculty of fine arts and restorationMonumental Painting
Monumental and Decorative Sculpture
Restoration of Works of Art
Faculty of history and theory of artsArt Management
History and Theory of Art
Languages and Literature
Sevastopol facultyGraphic Design
Alexander Klevan, studied 1974-1979
Faina Petryakova - a distinguished professor, doctor of sciences, researcher in the field of Ukrainian glass work, porcelain and Ukrainian Judaica.