Before they were called upon to advise the McMillan Commission, Charles
F. McKim, Daniel Burnham and Saint-Gaudens, along with other leading
artists of the day, enthusiastically translated the success of the 1893
Fair collaborations into a program of study for future artists. The
World's Columbian Exposition was the birthplace of the American Academy in
Rome, a training-ground for American artists which still exists today.
Dedicated to teaching both the classic disciplines and the pleasure of
collaboration, the Academy was initially conceived as a school for
architects, but soon incorporated a course of study for other artists. The
first students began study in 1894.