Vilnius Academy of Art
The Vilnius Academy of Art in Vilnius
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, and its largest city, with a population of 560,190 as of 2010. It is the seat of the Vilnius city municipality and of the Vilnius district municipality. It is also the capital of Vilnius County...
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, grants a variety of degrees in the arts.
The academy was created as a separate entity in 1940; it had previously been part of Vilnius University
Vilnius University is the oldest university in the Baltic states and one of the oldest in Eastern Europe. It is also the largest university in Lithuania....
. It was closed during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania, and re-opened in 1944. In 1951 it was organized into the following departments: painting (including frescos, mosaics, and theatrical design), graphics, sculpture, architecture, and ceramics and textiles. The academy began working with UNESCO
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Its museum holds about 12,000 pieces, ranging from the 16th century to the works of its most recent students and graduates.