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Commencement Ceremony

05/06/16, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Save the date as we send-off the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s 2016 class of radical, forward-thinking, contemporary visual artists and designers. 

WHAT: Commencement Ceremony for the Art Academy of Cincinnati

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 4pm

WHERE: Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
36 E 4th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

PARKING: More information can be found on the Downtown Cincinnati website by clicking here.

COST: Free. Event is open to Art Academy graduating seniors, family, faculty, and staff.

Jason Snell, founder of We Have Become Vikings, will be the commencement speaker for the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s graduation exercises to be held on May 6 at 4:00pm at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. Snell, a graphic designer and creative entrepreneur, employs AAC students and graduates to produce artwork and design services for his clients, including Amazon, Charlie Harper Studios, and Lumenocity.

AAC president John Sullivan says, “The Art Academy’s mission is to prepare young artists and designers for their professional careers. With their well-tuned ability to think critically, they will quickly become the problem solvers in a wide range of creative enterprises. We know that we are preparing these young artists and designers for jobs that haven’t even been imagined yet, and we are confident that they will bring the needed skills and abilities when called upon. Our graduates are ready to employ their creative thinking, strong talent, and consummate communications skills in a wide variety of successful career paths.”

Warren Beal, valedictorian of the Master’s degree program, will be graduating with a Master of Arts in Art Education. Brad Davis, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program valedictorian, who is graduating with a major in painting, says, “The biggest lesson that I learned at the Art Academy is to embrace the value of an artist community. I believe that in order to be an artist, it is crucial that you surround yourself with other like-minded artists, and what better place to have learned this than in the small and tightly knit group that we have at the Art Academy.”

BFA students Nathan Duncan, Gina Marrone, Amanda Reiber, and Danielle Tellez will graduate Magna Cum Laude, and Mandie Reiber and Katie Barnett have earned +B Distinction.

Anna Kipervaser, a graduate and painting major from the class of 2003, and AAC Artist Elizabeth Nourse, who completed her four-year curriculum in 1878 and whose work was recently reproduced in the ArtWorks Mural on 8th Street, will join the roster of other well respected AAC Distinguished Alumni. That list includes John Ruthven, Petah Coyne, Michael Beeghly, Thom Shaw, Walter Driesbach, Theodore A. Gantz, Chris Sickels, Ran Mullins, Tracy Kamerer, and Rick Bolton.


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
36 E 4th St.
Cincinnati, 45202 United States
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