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It’s a Doin’ Thing 06/03/16 by

Bruce Riley is one of those cool cats who you just want to hang out with all afternoon at an outside café drinking something hard and cool, eating tacos and talking about the mysteries of this crazy thing called life. To the contrary, when Bruce and I met, we were inside in The Commons, not […]

Beloved Minumental Exhibition Celebrates 29 Years 03/13/16 by

Genius comes in all shapes and sizes, but at the annual AAC Minumental Exhibition, no masterpiece can exceed two inches in any direction. That’s what makes it one of the best and most beloved shows among AAC students, faculty and alums year after year. This past February, the AAC Alumni Committee hosted the 29th Annual […]

2015 Beaux Arts Ball a Huge Success 02/26/16 by

It was an evening of elegance, beauty and fun. The 2015 Beaux Arts Ball, hosted by the Alumni Association, brought together hundreds of Art Academy supporters to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of AAC’s historic move to Over-the-Rhine. Honored guests included the Eleanora C. U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank Trustee; The Otto M. Budig Family […]

Remembering Malcolm Grear 02/18/16 by

Malcolm Grear

A man of many achievements, Malcolm Grear, AAC alumnus, passed away on January 24, 2016. Grear will be remembered for his extraordinary impact on design education, in particular at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he was a devoted teacher and mentor for nearly four decades.

AAC Alumnae Bring Beanbags to a Park Near You 01/07/16 by


Picture this: Giant. Beanbags. You read that right. This is the vision of Art Academy of Cincinnati grads, Amy Scarpello and Abby Cornelius. And thanks to grant from People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab devoted to accelerating the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati, soon they’ll be coming to a city park, a bike path or even […]

Remembering Carson Smith – A Man of Great Distinction 12/11/15 by


A hero takes many forms. There is the kind that saves lives, the kind borne out of quiet determination and advocacy, and the kind that exhibits bravery in the face of danger or adversity. Then there are those heroes that encapsulate a little of all of the above. Carson Smith was that kind. Smith, an […]

The Beaux Arts Ball Returns 09/28/15 by

MC Jim Tarbell

On October 23rd, the Art Academy of Cincinnati is offering you an opportunity to transform yourself for the much ballyhooed return of the Beaux Arts Ball, a masquerade fundraiser of high art, high style and high spirits

Matt Morris (AAC ’07) w/ James Lee Byars at CAC 06/09/15 by


We are very proud to announce this exhibition of Matt Morris, AAC Alumni (’07): Matt Morris with James Lee Byars The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer May 15 through October 11, 2015 at the Contemporary Arts Center