Alumni Association



The 30th Annual Minumental Exhibition & Sale will be held in the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Galleries on Final Friday, February 24, 2017. Original works of art no larger than 2" x 2" (5" x 5" framed) will be accepted, with up to five (5) individual pieces by one artist. This exhibition will be open exclusively to Art Academy of Cincinnati alumni, faculty, students and staff.

For further details of submissions, please follow the link below or contact Lynn Thompson by telephone at the Art Academy at 513.562.6290.

Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

The Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Association established this award as our highest honor. The Alum who receive this honor have distinguished themselves by the contributions they have made in their particular field or profession, in service to the Art Academy and to the betterment of humanity. All living graduates, other than active members of the Art Academy Board of Trustees and current employees working in the Alumni Affairs and Development departments, are eligible for consideration.

We invite you to nominate a fellow alum you find worthy of the award. We will hold all nominations and supporting materials for three years to give each nominee extended consideration.

Deadline to nominate is March 1, 2017.

Raw Walls 2016

On Friday, October 7, 2016, the Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Association sponsored Raw Walls 2, an event to bring Alumni, students, and faculty together and celebrate our diversity in art making. Thirty-three artists brought together their art work in an alternative gallery, an old warehouse space to create an evening of conversation, networking, and to create a sense of community.

Old friends and new acquaintances were united in an atmosphere of fellowship and discovery. Estimated attendance was 325 supporters of the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Refreshments were provided by the artists and donations from local establishments such as Rhinegeist, Mad Tree, Dana Gardens, Spaces Interior Design, Rapid Run Carry Out, Sam’s Club, Lucy Blue and

The exhibition included dynamic paintings, drawings, prints, sculptural work and site specific installations. Artwork was for sale by individual artists. Rarely does the public get an opportunity to engage so many artists and have conversations about marking art and what drives everyone to purse their field of expression.

Contributions by artists and visitors supported the Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Association Student Scholarship fund. Each year, the Alumni Association awards a $7,000 scholarship to a support future artist.


The Alumni Association is a resource to connect to the college with the thousands of Art Academy of Cincinnati alumni around the world.

As President of the Alumni Association, I welcome you and invite you to become an active member. There are many ways to contribute: nominate a Distinguished Alumni, support the Alumni Scholarship, give to the AAC Annual Fund Drive to help the future artists and designers of tomorrow, or host an alumni exhibit or get together.

Have other ideas on how you’d like to participate? Click the Stay Connected button below and share your thoughts.

Cooperatively yours,

George Hensler

George Hensler III
(Graphic Design, Cert. ’74)
Trustee and President of the Alumni Association

George Hensler

Meet Your Members of the Alumni Council

George Hensler III, Trustee and President (Cert. ’74)
Sandy Russell, Vice President (BFA ’02)
Dan Mueller, Treasurer (BFA ’03)
Linda Winder, Secretary (BFA ’09)
Christine Carli, Communications Chair (BFA ’08)
Mike Beeghly (Cert. ’79)
Patrick Kunnen (Cert. ‘78)
Amy Scarpello (BFA ’10)
Jennifer Grote (BFA ’03)
John Faughender, Student Representative

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Where Our Alumni Work

American University in Afganistan
Art Beyond Boundaries
Contemporary Arts Center
Envoi Design
Funny or Die
Loth, Inc.
Luxottica Group
People’s Liberty
21C Museum Hotel
Victoria’s Secret

Cincinnati Art Museum
Curiosity Advertising
Disney Television Group
Manifest Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design
Rockfish Interactive

American Financial Group
Concordia University Chicago
Rhinegeist Brewery
Lf Creative Group
Southern Illinois University
Totes Isotoner
NSC Global
MoMA’s PS1
Rookwood Pottery
Prudential Advisors
Photo Lab Inc.
QSR Automations
Happy Groundhog Studio

Alumni Scholarship

The Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by our college and is funded solely by AAC graduates to support AAC students. Full-time faculty members select the winner who must be a full-time sophomore entering his or her junior year. To see an example of art made by a recent winner, visit the lobby of our school.

Alumni Association Events

Minumental Exhibition

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.

Beaux Arts Ball

For decades, the AAC has carried on the Beaux Arts Ball tradition, originally inspired by art students at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris. The riotous revelry has been revived many times throughout the history of the event in Cincinnati, and over the years, it has been hosted in many different locales, including the old Art Academy building in Mt. Adams, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the new AAC building on Jackson Street. To accommodate the large number of guests, the 2015 ball was held at the Verdin Bell Event Centre in Pendleton. The space was transformed into dazzling Venetian palazzo, thanks to the students and alumni of the AAC, who created original artwork and decorations inspired by the masked balls of Venice.

Alumni Resources

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