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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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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Remembering Carson Smith – A Man of Great Distinction

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 Art Academy of Cincinnati grad, arts advocate and World War II veteran, died December 1. He was 95.

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