Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts

Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts
Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts
Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie
im. Jana Matejki

Main building, on Kraków's Jan Matejko Square
Established 1818
Type Public
Rector Professor Jan Pamuła
Academic staff 6 nine-month faculties
Admin. staff 353
Students 822 (2001/02)
Location Kraków, Poland
Campus Urban
Website http://www.asp.krakow.pl

The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, or Kraków Academy of Fine Arts (Polish: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Krakowie im. Jana Matejki, usually abbreviated ASP), located in Kraków, Poland, is the oldest Polish fine-arts academy, established in 1818.

It is a state-run university that offers 5- and 6-year Master's degree programs. As of 2007, the Academy's faculty comprised 94 professors and assistant professors as well as 147 Ph.D.s.



The Academy of Fine Arts was originally a subdivision of the Jagiellonian University's Department of Literature and was initially (1818-1873) called School of Drawing and Painting (Szkoła Rysunku i Malarstwa). It received the status of an independent institution of higher learning in 1873 as the School of Fine Arts (Szkoła Sztuk Pięknych). The first President of the Academy was painter Jan Matejko. The main building based on a neoclassical design by architect Maciej Moraczewski was erected in today's Matejko Square in 1879. The first professors were Florian Stanisław Cynk, Aleksander Gryglewski and Leopold Loeffler.

Following the death of Jan Matejko in 1893, the next ASP President was Julian Fałat, who remained at his post till 1909. Fałat gave the Academy a new direction hiring new art instructors associated with contemporary Western art philosophies; painters such as Teodor Axentowicz, Jacek Malczewski, Jan Stanisławski, Leon Wyczółkowski, Konstanty Laszczka, Józef Mehoffer, Stanisław Wyspiański, Wojciech Weiss, and Józef Pankiewicz.

On the 100th anniversary of its founding, in 1979, the Academy was named for Jan Matejko, its founder and first president, who contributed greatly to its artistic legacy.

In 2008 the Academy joined Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations) and became that organization's first educational member in Poland.


19th-century etching of the Academy, then named the "Kraków School of Drawing and Painting"
  • Painting
    • Department of Painting
    • Department of Drawing
    • Department of Additional Specializations
    • Department of Stage Design
  • Sculpture
    • Department of Sculpture (I, II)
    • Department of Drawing
    • Department of Architecture-Sculpture Design
  • Interior Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Arts
    • Department of Graphic Arts
    • Department of Graphic Design
    • Department of Drawing and Painting
  • Art Conservation
  • Interdisciplinary Department of Art History

Popular graduates

Julian Fałat
Jacek Malczewski
Jan Matejko
Leon Wyczółkowski
Stanisław Wyspiański
Teodor Axentowicz
Selfportraits of leading professors and graduates

See also


Coordinates: 50°03′59″N 19°56′30″E / 50.06639°N 19.94167°E / 50.06639; 19.94167

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