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

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.
  • Limited to 200 numbered copies in the first release
  • 150 Pages, full color
  • Available to ship, or pick up

AAC 150 Videos

AAC 150 Events

Art Academy of Cincinnati Block Party
150: Block Party
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Art Academy of Cincinnati Future Present Tense Exhibition
150: AAC Future Tense Present
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History Timeline

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

ArtWorks Murals Feature Former AAC Students' Work

The Beaux Arts Ball Returns

Remembering Carson Smith - A Man of Great Distinction

AAC Alumnae Bring Beanbags to a Park Near You

The Art Academy of Love

Remembering Malcolm Grear

Q&A with Wilder Winner Elyse Johnson

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

Sarah Stolar Appointed Director of UNM-Taos Art Department

Sandy Russell - Breaking Down Walls

An Experiment in Movement

Dreaming of Disney in the Sewer

Commencement Speaker Mitchell Sipus on WVXU

Looking Through

Education to be Radical, Relentless, & Radiant

Career Validation

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.

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