The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is a Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) institution, chartered in the State of Maine in 2006. With the passage of Maine State Legislature Bill L.D. 462, signed into law by the Governor of Maine on March 1, 2007, IDSVA was granted legal authority to confer the PhD degree. On November 20, 2015, IDSVA was granted Initial Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, effective July 29, 2015. A copy of the most recent audited financial statement may be requested from: info (at) idsva (dot) edu.