Meet Christine Carli, artist, designer, Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) Alum, and now AAC Board President! Carli currently works as an independent communications specialist, combining her design skills with her love of writing to create meaningful online content, speeches, and corporate communications. Formerly, she worked as the Director of Communications for . The Art Academy has played an integral role in her career path from the very beginning.
She landed her first job in book marketing at F&W Publications based on the skills she learned from the Art Academy’s classes. She later enrolled full-time at the Art Academy to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Communication Design (2008). She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts with a minor in Spanish Literature from the University of Arizona (1993).
I have so many wonderful memories! Some are really specific, like celebrating Absurdity Day with Gary Gaffney, or the first time I succeeded in building a large-scale sculpture using power tools. I always enjoyed the students who engaged in performance art in random places and times. Other fond memories have more to do with the overall atmosphere of the Art Academy. There is such good energy in the classrooms and the hallways. Even though I was an older student, I remember feeling completely at home there. It was and is a safe place to take yourself seriously and explore your deepest thoughts and creative impulses.
There’s also something really restorative about returning to the Academy after graduation. It instantly puts you back in touch with that creative energy that can be hard find when you’re working alone day after day. Reconnecting with the Art Academy is good medicine for all alums. I hope they all get the chance to come back soon!