AAC Recognized by City Beat’s 2014 Urban Life Staff Picks!


The Art Academy of Cincinnati, a private college of art and design, is one of the best schools in Cincinnati, making artists since 1869 and featuring intelligent teachers who are amazing, experienced artists in their own right. Notable alumni and faculty include Frank Duveneck, Charley and Edie Harper, Elizabeth Nourse, Tom Wesselmann and more. Students often report coming out of the school with a feeling of inspiration and a thorough understanding of what they’ll need to hopefully make a big break. Plus they offer community studio art classes for all ages in topics ranging from traditional media to makeup effects to woodworking. Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-562-6262, artacademy.edu.

AAC Students Participate in Lexington Comic Con

AAC Illustration students had a blast this year at Lexington Comic Con selling their own comics, prints, t-shirts, etc.  How could we not have fun with over 20,000 visitors at the con, media stars like William Shatner, George Takei (Star Trek), and Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead), and artists like Jim Mahfood (Tank Girl)?  Students involved include Shane Hatfield, Chrissy Mullins, Emily Combs, Derrick Dankwa, Heavena Bristow (Linewerk), and Derek Alderfer.  Alumna Hannah Graff, and faculty member Ken Henson also participated.


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AAC Master of Arts in Art Education Faculty Honored by NAEA

On behalf of the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Master of Arts in Art Education program, I would like to congratulate Dr. Judi Haynes on her 2014 Kentucky Art Educator of the Year Award, presented by the National Art Education Association. Judi has served our program for nearly 20 years. She was instrumental to the formation of the Master of Arts in Art Education degree program and has guided a generation of art teachers through their studies at the graduate level.

Judi’s great enthusiasm and commitment to her students have contributed to her success as an educator who can teach effectively across generations. It is rare to find a teacher who can engage and educate both elementary students and graduate students. This range has allowed Judi to touch the creative lives of thousands whom she has taught directly and thousands more whom she influences through her work in higher education. Judi’s topic areas of art criticism and aesthetics are foundational to art education, and her work in the Art Academy’s MAAE program provides today’s art educators the resources to integrate these vital elements into art curricula at primary and secondary educational levels.

We are pleased that Judi has received regional and national recognition for her important work. Visit www.arteducators.org for information on the National Art Education Association.

Keith Benjamin (BFA ’89)

Chair of the MAAE Program

AAC New York Trip Recap


40 students and 6 faculty members of the AAC embarked on a journey to New York City from March 5th – 9th to come face to face with the leading edge of contemporary art.  While there, the Armory Show, Volta NY, Spring Break Show, Whitney Biennial, Brucennial, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 50+ galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood, and countless other institutions of art were experienced by the Art Academy Community in the most educationally purposeful co-curricular activity of the year.   Check out the picture slide show of the excursion as seen through students’ mobil devices below.

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