President’s Reception for the Helm’s Trust


It was an evening of recognition and celebration at the Presidents Reception on Friday, September 25th when 50 friends of the Art Academy gathered for refreshments, camaraderie and a chance to mingle with some of our student, faculty and alumnae artists. Remarks were shared by Dick Friedman, Chairman of the AAC Board of Trustees; John Sullivan, AAC President; Len Weakley Jr. Director of the The William G. and Mary Jane Helms Charitable Foundation. Derek Alderfer and Katelyn Wolary, both recipients of a Helms Trust Award, talked about their art and their student experience at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Derek Alderfer is a freelance illustrator from Fairfield, OH who graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s BFA program in 2015. He considers himself an aspiring children’s book illustrator who works as a painter using mostly traditional media. “I was so humbled to have gotten 2nd place in 2015′s Helms Trust Award competition. I’d never entered my work in a show that granted awards, especially against my own friends and peers. I very fondly look back on having hung my work next to theirs, and winning among some of them. In the end I was proud of everyone who entered. The judge’s decision showed me that my newest work was truly unique and worth pursuing, and since then I’ve continued pushing myself to make my best work.”

Katelyn Wolary commented, “It’s an honorable award, with a history of great artists and work selected.  I’m very happy to be in my school’s collection, and feel very grateful for the opportunities I’ve received so far in my time at AAC.  I have reinvested the award money back into my education, which is a great feeling!”

Call to Instructors! CAMP IS COMING

Thinking of summer yet? With the temperatures expected in the 60′s this week, personally we, in Community Education, are ready for summer already!!!!
Professionally summer is here too. The AAC website is updated with a flippable PDF of the brochure for camp. There is also a layout version available. Here’s the link:
Also on our website, registration for camp is open and camp brochures will start to be distributed around the community soon. Yup, get your bathing suit, summer is here!
Thinking of teaching this summer at Camp Art Academy? We could use sharp, passionate artists like you! Please consider teaching at either our downtown or Clifton location. With the freedom to do “blue sky” projects, a helper in each class, small class sizes and the time to really develop the children,  it is a really good time. Plus, we have guest artists and field trips planned that really bring the topics to life in new and exciting ways.
Perhaps you know someone who might be interested? Refer em! Perhaps you wouldnt mind picking up a few brochures to drop around town at your favorite coffee shop or deli you already frequent… it takes a village an we always appreciate your help!
Check out the topics and see for yourself… teach one week or all 6 weeks… it is a program you CREATE YOURSELF!