Bold Past,
Radical Future.

AAC 150th Anniversary

The Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) is a community of radiant, radical, forward-thinking artists and designers who have helped mold the creative landscape for 150 years.

The legacy of the Art Academy can be seen all over Cincinnati. It has provided life-changing experiences to many artists and designers, who have in turn made a difference in the city and beyond. We celebrate the seers, radicals and innovators and helped establish some of the most influential artists of their times, from Maria Longworth, and Charley Harper to Thom Shaw and Petah Coyne.

This year we will share our bold past while planning our innovative future. We are proud to celebrate our 150th anniversary with a new full-color book and launch party. We look forward to engaging the community in ways we never have before.

We have big plans… stay tuned.


AAC 150 Book

AAC 150 Book Information

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AAC 150 spans the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s history from 1869 – 2018.
Be among the first to be dazzled and delighted by 144 pages of rare and revealing images that illustrate and illuminate our historic narrative in a 5-corner book.
 
Specifics
  • Limited to 200 numbered copies in the first release
  • 150 Pages, full color
  • Available to ship, or pick up

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AAC 150 Events

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150: Block Party
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History Timeline

1828 - The First Incarnation of the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts

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1838 - The Academy of Fine Arts Was Resurrected

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1854 - How Women Started the First Movement

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1870 - Cincinnati Hosted Several Industrial Expositions

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1871 - The School of Design and the History of its Locations

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1873 - A Turning Point in the History of the School of Design

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1879 - Cincinnati involved with The Beginning of the Arts and Crafts Movement

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1884 - A Fight to be its own School

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1900 - The Big Names of the School

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1930 - Post-War Boom

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1940 - How the small Classroom size came about

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1950 - Fresh blood and Familiar faces

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1977 - Art Academy creates its own degree program

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1985 - Community Education

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1987 - Minumentals

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1995 - The Master of Arts in Art Education

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1998 - Growing as an School

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2016 - QueerSpace

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2019 - The Beaux Arts Ball

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2019 - Looking Forward

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Artwork From AAC Alumni Brightens New 3CDC Office

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Matt Morris (AAC '07) w/ James Lee Byars at CAC

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ArtWorks Murals Feature Former AAC Students' Work

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The Beaux Arts Ball Returns

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Remembering Carson Smith - A Man of Great Distinction

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AAC Alumnae Bring Beanbags to a Park Near You

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The Art Academy of Love

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Remembering Malcolm Grear

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Q&A with Wilder Winner Elyse Johnson

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Petah Coyne (AAC '77) Exhibitions in Taiwan and Spain

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Sarah Stolar Appointed Director of UNM-Taos Art Department

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Sandy Russell - Breaking Down Walls

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An Experiment in Movement

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Dreaming of Disney in the Sewer

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Commencement Speaker Mitchell Sipus on WVXU

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Looking Through

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Education to be Radical, Relentless, & Radiant

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Career Validation

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Q&A with Wilder Winner Noel Maghathe

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The Future

Art, design, and creative fields have changed since 1869, it has changed in the last decade. The Art Academy is changing too.

We are building on our history to evolve into the new generation of creative thinkers, contemporary artists, and visionaries. We have plans to renovate our campus infrastructure while adding exciting new innovative programs and majors.  We will build partnerships with businesses and open our doors to the community, and we will change the creative landscape in Cincinnati and beyond.

The Art Academy intends to keep the best creative minds here in the city and make Cincinnati a destination for talent around the country and the world. We think Cincinnati is the best city in the country, the Art Academy intends to be the best small private art college in the country.

We will be the future.

History Timeline

1828 - The First Incarnation of the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts

Read more

1838 - The Academy of Fine Arts Was Resurrected

Read more

1854 - How Women Started the First Movement

Read more

1870 - Cincinnati Hosted Several Industrial Expositions

Read more

1871 - The School of Design and the History of its Locations

Read more

1873 - A Turning Point in the History of the School of Design

Read more

1879 - Cincinnati Involved with the Beginning of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Read more

1884 - A Fight to Be Its Own School

Read more

1900 - The Big Names of the School

Read more

1930 - Post-War Boom

Read more

1940 - How the Small Classroom Size Came About

Read more

1950 - Fresh Blood and Familiar Faces

Read more

1977 - Art Academy Creates Its Own Degree Program

Read more

1985 - Community Education

Read more

1987 - Minumental

Read more

1995 - The Master of Arts in Art Education

Read more

1998 - Growing as a School

Read more

2016 - QueerSpace

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2019 - The Beaux Arts Ball

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2019 - Looking Forward

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