Beloved Minumental Exhibition Celebrates 29 Years

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 Minumental Show at the student-run Exposure13 Gallery in Over-the-Rhine. Hundreds of art lovers attended the exhibition, and more than 200 pieces were sold netting nearly $2000 in sales. For many students, this show presents the opportunity to make that “first sale” as an artist. It also provides exposure and recognition for the impressive work created by our AAC community at large.

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2015 Beaux Arts Ball a Huge Success

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 Foundation; The Kaplan Foundation; The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation; P & G; Western & Southern Financial Group; John Ruthven, Alumni; and Carl Solway.

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.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors for Venezia Carnevale, the 2015 masquerade Beaux Arts Ball: Hubbell Trust, The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, Chavez Properties, Miller Valentine Group, Brian L. Tiffany & Company, The Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, The Kaplan Foundation and John Isidore and Sandy Kaltman.

Save the Date for 2019, when the Art Academy of Cincinnati will celebrate its 150th anniversary!

Alumna Christine Carli

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Q&A with Wilder Winner Elyse Johnson

Artists draw inspiration from many places including the environment that surrounds them. The opportunity for a change of scenery can prove especially valuable. At the Art Academy of Cincinnati the Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship provides just that, affording art students of all disciplines the chance to explore the world around them as fuel for their creative expression.

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The Art Academy of Love

There are many things students would expect to gain during their time at the Art Academy of Cincinnati: knowledge, perspective, inspiration, life-long friends, a degree. But a surprising number of alumni also leave with something else — the love of their lives.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that over the 147-year history of the AAC, hundreds of couples have found their other half while attending the Art Academy. Even one of the AAC’s most distinguished alumni, Charley Harper, met his wife, Edie Harper, at the Art Academy, “in the same class, in the same row.”

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“Make Me Up,” Work by AAC Senior The’Shima Craver

“Inspired” is the word that might best describe The’Shima Craver’s work. The Senior Art Academy of Cincinnati Illustration major has been using her art to explore social issues in the world around her.

Through her combination of poetry and visual art, Craver confronts tough subjects by drawing on her own struggles while grappling with various issues.

“As an attempt to influence others to be more comfortable with their self, I have been exposing myself and or struggles through my work,” Craver wrote in her artist statement.

Recently, her work has evolved, pairing her powerful poetry with video pieces that help illustrate her words. Check out a brief Q&A with Craver below to learn more about her experience at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

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AAC Alumnae Bring Beanbags to a Park Near You

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 the lobby of government building near you.

Plop! a project dreamed up by Scarpello and Cornelius, is designed to create engagement and bring an element of whimsy to the city’s public spaces. We recently caught up with Scarpello to chat with her about the project and what life has been like since graduating from AAC.

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