Alumni Association

Alumni Association


Life After AAC


Alumni Grant

We are offering two $1,000 grants that are open for application to any AAC alumni. The grants will be awarded with the purpose of assisting with an artistic project or creative endeavor of any medium.

Dates:
Application Deadline: December 1st
Grant Announcement: February 1st

Alumni Grant Application

Alumni News


Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations

The Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Association established this award as our highest honor. The Alum who receive this honor have distinguished themselves by the contributions they have made in their particular field or profession, in service to the Art Academy and to the betterment of humanity. All living graduates, other than active members of the Art Academy Board of Trustees and current employees working in the Alumni Affairs and Development departments, are eligible for consideration.

We invite you to nominate a fellow alum you find worthy of the award. We will hold all nominations and supporting materials for three years to give each nominee extended consideration.

Deadline to nominate is March 1.

More Info & Nominate Here

Alumni Employment

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Alumni President

Meet our new Alumni President, Christine Carli.

"The first time I walked through the doors of the Art Academy, I knew I was home. Today, it is a great privilege for me to serve as President of the AAC Alumni Council, and I hope to make the Art Academy a home base of support, camaraderie, and inspiration for all our Alums-both near and far. In the coming year, we are planning new ways for our alumni community to re-engage with Art Academy and with one another. We envision an Alumni Council that connects, promotes, and supplies opportunities for all. We want to hear from you, and more importantly, we want you to know that you will always have a home here in Cincinnati. Stay tuned, be well, and make art!"

- Christine Carli, 2008 Alumnus
"The first time I walked through the doors of the Art Academy, I knew I was home. Today, it is a great privilege for me to serve as President of the AAC Alumni Council, and I hope to make the Art Academy a home base of support, camaraderie, and inspiration for all our Alums-both near and far. In the coming year, we are planning new ways for our alumni community to re-engage with Art Academy and with one another. We envision an Alumni Council that connects, promotes, and supplies opportunities for all. We want to hear from you, and more importantly, we want you to know that you will always have a home here in Cincinnati. Stay tuned, be well, and make art!"

- Christine Carli, 2008 Alumnus


headshot of Christine Carli headshot of Christine Carli Christine graduated from the AAC in 2008 with a degree in visual communication design. Christine has also been a docent at CAM for 20 years now! In her free time Christine enjoys making ceramics and dabbling in print making.

The Alumni Association is pleased to have such a strong, determined woman leading our association. We look forward to all that Christine will do for the Alumni, AAC, and the community! Please join us in welcoming Christine as our Alumni President by sending a congratulations and hello to alumni@artacademy.edu


Meet Your Members of the Alumni Council

Christine Carli, President (BFA '08)
Sandy Russell, Vice President (BFA '02)
Dan Mueller, Treasurer (BFA '03)
Linda Winder, Secretary (BFA '09)
Christine Carli, Communications Chair (BFA '08)
Mike Beeghly (Cert. '79)
Patrick Kunnen (Cert. '78)
Amy Scarpello (BFA '10)
Jennifer Grote (BFA '03)

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Alumni Coordinator

Meet Caroline Bell

"I was a non-traditional student and joined the Art Academy after years of being a professional photographer but with no degree. The Art Academy welcomed me with open arms, fueled my creativity, nourished my passion, and allowed me to be free in my creativity. They prepared me for life after art school, and unfortunately, my life after art school involved a pandemic! But even still, I am and have been prepared with the tools I need to navigate life and art. As an Alumni, I am sure you too can lean on your Art Academy experience and how it benefitted you and has aided in your life after art school. I cannot wait to meet you all one day when it is COVID safe, in the meantime I am happy to announce this monthly newsletter will be sticking around, there will be more opportunities for alumni to participate with the AAC and community as well as connect with students. I also cannot wait to host more alumni events in the future, until then, send me an email to say hello, and I look forward to serving the Alumni of the AAC."

- Caroline Bell, 2020 Alumnus
"I was a non-traditional student and joined the Art Academy after years of being a professional photographer but with no degree. The Art Academy welcomed me with open arms, fueled my creativity, nourished my passion, and allowed me to be free in my creativity. They prepared me for life after art school, and unfortunately, my life after art school involved a pandemic! But even still, I am and have been prepared with the tools I need to navigate life and art. As an Alumni, I am sure you too can lean on your Art Academy experience and how it benefitted you and has aided in your life after art school. I cannot wait to meet you all one day when it is COVID safe, in the meantime I am happy to announce this monthly newsletter will be sticking around, there will be more opportunities for alumni to participate with the AAC and community as well as connect with students. I also cannot wait to host more alumni events in the future, until then, send me an email to say hello, and I look forward to serving the Alumni of the AAC."

- Caroline Bell, 2020 Alumnus


headshot of Caroline Bell headshot of Caroline Bell Caroline graduated in 2020 with a degree in photography and minor in art history. She currently enjoys taking care of her sourdough starter and making a variety of breads.


Alumni Scholarship

The Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by our college and is funded solely by AAC graduates to support AAC students. Full-time faculty members select the winner who must be a full-time sophomore entering his or her junior year. To see an example of art made by a recent winner, visit the lobby of our school.


Alumni Association Events

Minumental Exhibition

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.

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Beaux Arts Ball

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.

photo of two patrons in costume at the beaux arts ball


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