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!

Matthew Bustillo wins Best in Show – Juried Student Ink Exhibition


AAC Junior, Matthew Bustillo’s India Ink drawing was voted Best In Show by students who had work accepted into the Juried Student Ink Exibition.  75 students submitted work for the exhibition and 39 of the works were selected to be hung in the Convergys Gallery in the AAC’s front lobby.  As his prize, Matthew won a bottle of AAC recent graduate, Mark Barczak’s hand-crafted black walnut ink.  The Juried Student Ink exhibition will be up until December 13th and all works are for sale.  Matthew’s 11″ X 15″ drawing can be yours for only $350.The Hungry

New Work New York – Opening Today

New works by Matthew Tanner Browne and Sam McCormick that explore their recent forays of artistic expression.  Both students are seniors at the Art Academy and attended the New York Studio Residency Program last Spring and Fall, respectively.

The show focuses on Matthew’s sculpture and Sam’s poetry and performance in the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Chidlaw Gallery until December 13th.  Reception this evening from 6pm-11pm during Ink Bleeds 4.



First mARTket of the year @ Second Sunday on Main!

AAC Students' bi-monthly sale of fine art, crafts, and made goods.
AAC Students’ bi-monthly sale of fine art, crafts, and made goods.


The Art Academy’s mARTket is coming to Second Sunday on Main for the first time ever on October 13th. This month the Art Academy will host their first mARTket sale of the year. 30 or so students will sell their work at the Art Academy’s local bi-monthly “art fair” of student work, including fine art and handmade goods.  More info below:

The Art Academy of Cincinnati’s mARTket features current student artwork for public purchase.  Whether it be fine art, screen-print, letterpress, photography, apparel or made goods, Art Academy students have something for everyone.  mARTket sales are valuable to the community as they provide an influx of contemporary art from emerging Cincinnati artists.  They also add value to Art Academy students’ education by providing an environment where students interact with the public to negotiate price and discuss their artwork.
The AAC mARTket is located at the south end of the Second Sunday event, near 12th Street. Come on out to support the Art Academy and pick up something cool to hang.