AAC New York Trip Recap


40 students and 6 faculty members of the AAC embarked on a journey to New York City from March 5th – 9th to come face to face with the leading edge of contemporary art.  While there, the Armory Show, Volta NY, Spring Break Show, Whitney Biennial, Brucennial, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 50+ galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood, and countless other institutions of art were experienced by the Art Academy Community in the most educationally purposeful co-curricular activity of the year.   Check out the picture slide show of the excursion as seen through students’ mobil devices below.

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AAC Alum Mitch Sipus to talk about Art for Impact: Strategies for Social Change

AAC Alumnus, Mitch Sipus will be visiting from Somolia to give a talk and workshop for the AAC Community.  A word from Mitch:

“While a student I was constantly needing to justify the value of my work to others, and I wanted it to have a social impact, but lacked the sufficient skills to do so.  I will tailor the workshop to give some direction and tools to students who have the same combination of ambition and limitation.   It will be relevant to students and/or faculty of any artistic or design discipline.”


As Director of the strategic design firm, Sutika Sipus LLC, Mitchell Sipus is specialized in designing and implementing creative solutions for radical urban transformation.  He has worked in some of the worlds most dangerous and complex environments throughout Asia and Africa. Previous projects have included successfully reducing gang violence in Cairo Egypt, improving housing systems in Kenyan refugee camps, and using graffiti to predict locations of social tension and insecurity in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Mitchell has published field research with Oxford University and the Foreign Policy Association in Washington DC.   He has spoken on his work at Oxford University, the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been featured in WIRED magazine.
Mitchell’s personal expertise includes organization theory, informal economies, forced displacement, youth militarization, and cities in conflict. Furthermore he is skilled in areas of social research, geospatial analysis, software development, and multimedia design.

City Beat Cover Photo Shot by AAC Senior, Catherine Viox


Catherine Viox, Senior Photography major at the AAC, has been interning at City Beat for quite some time.  Just last week she was given the opportunity to shoot the cover photo for the December 11th edition and jumped at the chance!  Here is Catherine’s reaction to the shoot:

“It’s amazing walking around the city and seeing my photo on a publication that is literally everywhere. I got to shoot my amazing boss, Jesse, reading in the snow surrounded by stacks of books. It was a fun and creative shoot and so nice to make the cover photo.  It really put into perspective how much work Jesse has to do every week to keep the magazine coming out as it should. As their head photographer, she has a lot of pressure on her shoulders. I hope within a few years I’ll be in her seat as she moves to bigger and better things.”

Congratulations, Catherine, on a job well done!