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John M. Sullivan

John M. Sullivan - President

John M. Sullivan was appointed President of the Art Academy of Cincinnati in February of 2012. He is a graphic designer, painter, and printmaker, and has served as a visual arts educator for almost thirty years, including over ten years in higher education administration.

Joan Kaup

Joan Kaup - VP of Institutional Advancement, External Relations

Joan successfully meshes her professional career with community outreach. She holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Xavier University. She is a co-founder of OTR Flags, Second Sunday on Main and Arts in Ohio. She has been recognized as a Woman of influence (2015) and an OTR Woman of the Year (2008).

Kim Krause

Kim Krause - Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Dean & CAO

Kim Krause is an artist and educator whose paintings have been included in one hundred and thirty exhibitions including fourteen solo exhibitions. The artist's work has been purchased for numerous public, private and corporate collections. Krause earned his MFA from Bard College, New York. He is professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he is Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - Associate Dean

Mark is Professor and Associate Dean at AAC.  Professor Thomas has developed courses in graphic design, illustration and design history. He is a published author of internationally distributed textbooks on design and design methodology. He has designed numerous exhibitions, catalogs, and posters. An award-winning designer of educational board game design, he also holds a U.S. Patent for a color demonstration device for teaching color theory. He is a past President and active board member of AIGA Cincinnati.

Jamie Owens

Jamie Owens - Director of Enrollment Management

As a first generation college student, Jamie graduated in 2003 with a B.S. from a Liberal Arts school Berea College. She has a huge commitment to service and is an Americorp Alumni. She has devoted her career to working in higher education for 13 years and strongly believes that education has the ability to transform lives.

Tiffany Tran

Tiffany Tran - Admissions Counselor

Originally from Wisconsin, Tiffany Tran is a sculptor/sculpture using poetry and video to understand the intricacies of identity and language. In her free time, she enjoys drinking water and cooking with friends.

Jack Wirth

Jack Wirth - Admissions Counselor

Jack Wirth recently acquired his BFA in Painting from the AAC and has been producing work in a variety of media including: paper making, drawing, writing, and sculpture. Jack has been a resident of OTR for five years, is one of the founding members of AAC QueerSpace, and loves to dance.

Tyler Hildebrand

Tyler Hildebrand - Admissions Counselor

Tyler is a Cincinnati native and artist working in sculpture, painting and film. Has been teaching college for the past several years around the country, including at AAC. His work is represented by David Lusk Gallery.

Kristin Klein

Kristin Klein - Enrollment Processor

Joining AAC in 2014, Kristin serves as the Enrollment Processor for the Enrollment Management team. She studied dance at the University of Cincinnati.

Dani Tellez

Dani Tellez - Admissions Assistant

Dani is an alumni with a degree in art history and painting. She focuses on colour in many different mediums, ranging from embroidery to painting. Currently living in Over the Rhine, she can be found out and about enjoying local music, art and admiring dogs.

Denise Watson

Denise Brennan Watson - Executive Assistant, Academic Affairs

A native of South Texas, Denise Brennan Watson was a member of the Coastal Bend English Riding Association and King English Riding Association. Denise holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, and she completed a double major in Philosophy and Journalism with a minor in English. She loves words and culinary arts.

Alex Tellez

Alexandria TÚllez - Office Manager

A native of Texas, Alexandria grew up in a military family and lived on the East Coast until moving to Cincinnati in 2000. Alexandria began studies in Business at Cincinnati State after graduating from Oak Hills High School. She began her work at AAC in summer of 2014 in Community Education’s award-winning Camp Art Academy program.

Alex Seibert

Alex Siebert - Registrar

Alex is a Cincinnati native who primarily uses music as his creative outlet, performing in a variety of ensembles. He has devoted his career to helping people to reach their full creative potential. He believes that the arts play an integral role in shaping peoples’ lives, and enjoys meeting the creative and unique people that inspire the rest of the world.

Alyson Givens

Alyson Givens - Financial Aid Officer

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati and have always had a passion to want to change the world. I am hoping I can do that at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In my spare time, I love horror movies and I love to read. I have a library of over 400 books and counting.

Rebecca Carr

Rebecca Carr - Director of Financial Aid

Rebecca received her BA from NKU, and her MSM from IWU. She found her calling in the world of Financial Aid where she loves helping students find the funding to obtain their dreams. When not helping students she's spending time with her family.

Jean Marie Baines

Jean Marie Baines - Assistant Director of Finance

Jean Marie joined the AAC in 2005 as the Assistant to the Director of Finance. As a junior at Bucknell University, Jean studied in Rome, graduating  from Bucknell with a BA in Art History.Before joining AAC she did graduate work in art history at UC, worked at the CAC and raised three children.  Outside of school she spends as much time with family as possible and also enjoys reading and knitting.

Jennifer Spurlock

Jennifer Spurlock - Director of Community Education

Jennifer has worked in the world of communication and arts for over twenty years. She started out in broadcasting at Jacor Communications, now known as Clear Channel. In the early 2000’s she branched out into the medium of film and video production. Before joining the Art Academy of Cincinnati Jennifer served as the Marketing Manager of the Cincinnati Art Museum while studying history at the University of Cincinnati.

Lydia Collins

Lydia Collins - CE Manager

Lydia Collins received a BFA from the Art Academy in 2012, with studies focused on drawing, art history, print media, and mythology. Lydia has been involved with Community Education since her time as a student working as a teaching assistant, and has worked as coordinator since 2013. Committed to encouraging artists of all ages find their voice and passion, she hopes to pursue a Masters in Art History and Arts Education.

Melissa Rounds

Melissa Rounds - CE Program Coordinator

Ohio-born and raised, Melissa moved to Cincinnati to pursue a college education and a tribe of kindred creative spirits, with much success. With a passion for facilitating events that help people tap into their own creativity, Melissa joined the AAC in 2016 and hopes to continue providing opportunities for all people to express themselves through the arts.

Kelly Enwright

Kelly Enwright - Executive Assistant

As an environmental contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she was responsible for effectively communicating with the public regarding the testing of new technologies to clean up contaminated military and industrial sites. Kelly graduated with Honors from UC with a BA in Communication Arts.

Robin Lippelman

Robin Lippelman - Database Specialist

Robin spent more than 25 years in fundraising for several organizations around Cincinnati.  Raising money for great causes was her passion before retiring in August 2010, to care for her husband.  Following a five-year hiatus, she joined the development department of the Art Academy in September 2015, returning to the field she loves.  Robin believes strongly in the mission of AAC and is proud to be a part of this outstanding organization.

Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker-Wolery - Director of Marketing

Amanda Parker-Wolery meshes her art background with her love of people as the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Marketing Specialist. She holds a BFA in Illustration from the University of Dayton and an MFA in Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati. When she's not on social media, you can usually find her on a bike in the mud.

Chelsey Hughes

Chelsey Hughes - Social Media and Communications Specialist

Chelsey received a BFA from the Art Academy in 2010, with a focus on print media, and illustration. She co-owns and operates Pull Club Studio, a print shop located in Camp Washington.

Matt Coors

Matt Coors - Exhibitions Coordinator

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Matt is an artist who has worked in a wide variety of media, including drawing, sculpture, photography, and digital processes, in addition to doing freelance graphic design. He is also the cofounder of two former art galleries: Publico in Cincinnati and Double Break in San Diego.

Paul Stephens

Paul Stephens - Maintenance Technician

Paul, a Vietnam Veteran, has been with AAC Maintenance Dept. since 1969 when he returned from service. For years he worked security in the evening and maintenance during the day.  When the school moved from Mt. Adams to OTR, his responsibilities grew with the size of the building. Paul and his wife enjoy visiting and spending time with their nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren living in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama.

Jimmy Baker

Jimmy Baker - Associate Professor, Website Manager

Baker earned an MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2004. He has exhibited work in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Basel, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, and other American cities. His work has been featured in many publications, private collections, as well as permanent collections at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance Collection, and Zabludowicz Art Trust.

Mack Maynard

Mack Maynard - Director of Student Services - N112

Originally from Kentucky, Mack has been working in student services since he helped launch a peer mentoring and tutoring program as a student at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining the AAC, he spent two years at University of Kentucky as an advisor. When not at the AAC, he is typically busy running, cycling, or reading boring history books.

LaTonya Whipple

Py Surber - Student Counselor - S255

Py graduated in 2017 with her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of the Cumberlands. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Py has also obtained a B.S. in Psychology and an A.S. in Health Care Management and Medical Records. Py has a life-long dream of being a psychologist and is passionate about helping people.