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February 13, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Picture of a mural painted by CF Payne called, Sing the Queen City.

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to welcome Illustrator C. F. Payne.  Join our Illustration class lecture and demonstration on Thursday, February 13th.

Registration is required. $10 Promotional price. AAC students, alum, faculty and staff are admitted free.

Thursday, February 13th, 8:30 AM to 11:20 AM

Chris will demonstrate a mixed media process he has used in his art for more than thirty years.

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Thursday, February 13th, 12:20 PM to 3:30 PM

Chris will demonstrate an all acrylics and colored pencil method he frequently uses to produce art today.

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Now in Lebanon, OH, C.F. Payne’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, advertisements and children’s book for more than 35 years. A graduate of Miami University with a BFA and the Illustrators Workshop, Payne began his freelance career upon his move to Dallas, TX in 1980. He has taught illustration for more than 25 years, 19 of which were at Columbus College of Art and Design. Currently he serves as the Director of the MFA in Illustration program at the Hartford Art School. His art has been exhibited in numerous museums and university galleries including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Huntington Art Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame and more. His art has appeared on the covers of Time Magazine, MAD Magazine, Der Spiegel, the New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Reader’s Digest. C.F. Payne has illustrated 20 children’s books, some by Sue Macy, Marissa Moss, Phil Bildner and noted actor/authors John Lithgow, Steve Martin, astronaut Mark Kelly and Mark Twain’s classic, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. In 2018 he was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.


Illustration of President Obama on the covr of TIME magazine.  Illustration of a boy playing baseball.


February 13
8:30 am - 3:30 pm