A centuries-old glorious history of shaping the spiritual culture of Ukraine is the creative heritage of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. The Academy's activities are aimed at nurturing the best traditions of the Ukrainian people in the field of art, art science, art education, and the fulfilment of the cultural needs and aspirations of society and individual artists.
A practical attempt to establish an institution in Ukraine similar to the European academies of arts of the 17th and 18th centuries (France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and the UK) was made in the early 20th century by creating a higher art education institution, the Ukrainian Academy of Art. However, the aspiration to create a state scientific and creative institution that would unite the best scientific and creative forces of Ukraine in order to preserve and multiply artistic traditions was realized only in December 1996, after Ukraine regained independence and established Ukrainian statehood.
All the members of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine are well-known figures not only in the field of direct artistic endeavour but also in the cultural community as a whole. Among the members of the Academy (as of January 1, 2022) are five Heroes of Ukraine, 29 laureates of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine, 23 People's Artists of Ukraine, one People's Architect of Ukraine, 26 People's Artists of Ukraine, 36 Honored Artists of Ukraine, 15 Chevaliers of the Order of Merit. Thirty-six members of the Academy have an academic degree, 15 have a PhD, 62 have the academic title of Professor, and 12 have the title of Associate Professor.
In December 2021, the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Academy has come a long way and accomplished numerous scientific and artistic achievements, however, even more, significant challenges and accomplishments lie ahead.