National Portfolio Day: 2015


Let us see what you’ve got! There’s power in your portfolio. If you could distill its contents it would radiate pure possibility. It contains your purpose, your promise. Celebrate National Portfolio Day by showing yours off. We double-dog dare you. Get feedback from experienced college representatives, practice sharing your artist’s statement and get a taste of what attending a professional art program can be like.

What is National Portfolio Day:
Thinking about going to college for art? National Portfolio Day is a great way to find out your options! National Portfolio Days serve a variety of purposes.  Most importantly, they help further the development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork, and offer critique. You’ll hear many different opinions about your portfolio in one place who share a powerful commitment to the arts. This experience is a small taste of what attending a professional art program can be like.

To find out more about National Portfolio Day, please visit the National Portfolio Day web site.

What should I bring:
Please bring finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. We ask you to bring your original artwork whenever possible. We suggest that you do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. If you would like to show some work digitally, please bring your own laptop with a self-contained power source as there will not be computers or outlets at each representative’s table.

National Portfolio Day events are free and open to the public. You do not need a reservation to attend.

Have a burning question you need answered? Contact our wonderful Admissions Office to help you. 513-562-8740 or email admissions@artacademy.edu

Where we’ll be:

Sunday, September 27th | Atlanta, GA | Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at GW (PAST)
Sunday, October 4th | Cleveland, OH | Cleveland Institute of Art (PAST)
Saturday, October 10th | Indianapolis, IN | Herron School of Art and Design
Sunday, October 11th | Minneapolis, MN | Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Saturday, October 17th | Milwaukee, WI | Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Saturday, October 17th | Memphis, TN | Memphis College of Art
Sunday, October 18th | Chicago, IL | School of the Art Institute
Sunday, October 18th | Nashville, TN | Watkins College of Art, Design and Film
Saturday, October 24th | Kansas City, MO | Kansas City Art Institute
Sunday, October 25th | St. Louis, MO | Washington University
Sunday, October 25th | Ann Arbor, MI | University of Michigan Stamps School
Saturday, October 31st | Richmond, VA | Virginia Commonwealth University
Sunday, November 15th | New York, NY | Fashion Institute of Technology
Saturday, November 21st | Washington, DC | Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at GW
Sunday, November 22nd | Baltimore, MD | Maryland Institute of College of Art
Sunday, November 22nd | Charlotte, NC | Memphis College of Art
Saturday, January 16th | New Orleans, LA | Memphis College of Art
Saturday, January 23rd | Miami, FL | New World School of the Arts
Sunday, January 24th | Sarasota, FL | Ringling College of Art and Design

Ken Henson Speaks at Scientiae 2015

Earlier this summer, Ken Henson, AAC Associate Professor and Head of Illustration, spoke at Scientiae 2015, at Victoria College, University of Toronto. This was the fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Ken’s paper, “Trancing the Macrocosm: The Influence of Renaissance Alchemical Philosophy on Eclectic Medicine”, is a continuation of his research surrounding the 1895 novel Etidorhpa, written by John Uri Lloyd, founder of Cincinnati’s Lloyd Library and Museum, and illustrated by John Augustus Knapp, who was a professor at the AAC in the late 19th century.

Etidorhpa (1) Ken Henson

Ken’s abstract can be viewed on Scientiae’s website.

More information about Scientiae can be viewed here.


NewCo Conference Comes to Art Academy of Cincinnati

In elementary school, there was nothing quite as exhilarating as a field trip. Nothing beat the excitement of piling into a big, yellow school bus on the premise of learning something new in an environment that didn’t involve the same-old four walls and a desk. Last week, the NewCo conference dusted off this childhood concept, bringing their unique approach to Cincinnati and to the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

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Ken Henson, Brian Rasmussen, Lee Rasmussen, Sisan Lauf, Bob Amott, Janice Flanagan, Dr. Jevin Bove, Nancy Bove

Winner Announced for Annual Shakespeare Competition

Once a year the English-Speaking Union awards a student from the Art Academy of Cincinnati to create a poster promoting their Shakespeare Competition.  “AAC Associate Dean Mark Thomas initiated the program in the early 1990’s. We value collaborating with communities beyond the AAC, and giving our students real professional experiences in the context of coursework. To prepare our Illustration and Design students to be professional artists, we create experiences where they do real work for real clients.” says AAC Professor Ken Henson. Henson supervises the competition that involves interacting with the client, understanding the client’s desires and goals and creating a poster that communicates those goals.  This year AAC student Kane Sargent was the winner, and the runner up was Gina Marrone.

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