The rector is the highest academic official in the Academy. He is in charge of the quality of all the processes in the Academy - academic work, creative work, research. The rector is also responsible for the financial situation of the Academy.
Rector is elected by the Constituent Assembly for a five-year term. One person can hold this post for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Candidates applying for the post have to be professors and hold the best credentials.
Usually periods in history of the Academy are associated with the respective rector as he/she represents the Academy in all its activities. Usually the rectors are also well-known and beloved professional artists.
Rectors and their terms:
1. Vilhelms Purvītis - founder and first rector of the Art academy of Latvia (1921 - 1934);
2. Professor Jānis Kuga (1934 - 1940 and 1941 - 1944);
3. Professor Oto Skulme (1940 - 1941 and 1944 - 1961);
4. Professor Leo Svemps (1961 - 1974);
5. Professor Edgars Iltners (1974 - 1975);
6. Professor Valdis Dišlers (1975 - 1987);
7. Professor Indulis Zariņš (1988 - 1997);
8. Professor Jānis Andris Osis (1997 - 2007);
9. Professor Aleksejs Naumovs (2007-2017);
10. Professor Kristaps Zariņš (rector since 2017).