Support AAC

Your donations help The Art Academy of Cincinnati attract and retain outstanding students who otherwise might be unable to afford to attend. AAC offers students a unique educational experience, one that is academically rigorous and deeply personal. Donations to AAC also help draw and support exceptional faculty members who are pushing the bounds of their disciplines through scholarship.

By giving to the Art Academy of Cincinnati, you help ensure that an enriching environment will be sustainable for the next generation of artists and designers.

Please visit AAC's ways to give section for information on bequests, donations of real estate, and other planned giving options.

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Ways to Give

Personal Checks and Money Orders

Please make any checks payable to:
The Art Academy of Cincinnati
Attn: Development Department
1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Securities, stocks and bonds

A substantial tax advantage may be available to you if you give securities that have appreciated significantly in value, especially when the tax deduction for the gift at fair market value and the probable avoidance of capital gains taxes are taken into account. To make a gift of securities to the AAC, contact the director of institutional advancement at 513-562-8745,

It is important to have complete donor information, including name, address and phone number, as well as the name and type of securities to be gifted, the number of shares, and the date you intend to make the gift.

Real estate

All gifts of real estate require prior approval by the university. Gifts of real estate, including residential, commercial and undeveloped real estate, offer a wide variety of tax benefits. You can potentially deduct the fair market value of your gift, avoid all capital gains taxes and remove that asset from your taxable estate. Your property opens the door to a unique giving opportunity. Contact the development office for more information at


Many individuals give sculptures, paintings, book collections, animation collections, furniture collections and more to the AAC. For more information, contact the development office at 513-562-8745 or

Planned gifts

Providing for the future well being of family, while simultaneously supporting the Art Academy of Cincinnati, can be accomplished by a variety of gifts known as planned gifts. Planned gifts, such as bequests, life insurance policies and retirement plan assets, among others, allow for maximizing the current and future benefit to both family and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Talk with your attorney or financial planner. Or contact the Development Office at the Art Academy of Cincinnati if you would like to begin discussing a planned gift. 513-562-8745.

Matching gifts

An easy way to double or even triple your donation to the Art Academy of Cincinnati is to find out if your company has a matching gift program. Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in employees' personal philanthropy. Ask your employer to recognize Art Academy of Cincinnati in their philanthropic portfolio.


The Art Academy of Cincinnati welcomes your gift as a pledge, and with a pledge you may complete your gift by making regular payments over time, allowing you to give more generously than you originally may have considered. Each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction. You can arrange for re-occuring monthly gifts through secure credit card processing, or PayPal.

Thank you!

Donate to the Derrick Dankwa Memorial Sound Studio

Derrick Dankwa (AAC 2015) was a very passionate student who broke the mold of making a conventional thesis exhibition. He created a series of musical performances, and recordings over the course of his thesis show. We are honoring Derrick by creating sound editing studios at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Please click the link below to direct your donation to this sound studio.

Jay Zumeta - Voices of Giving

Early in life, we dream about what our future will hold. Infused with the enchanting optimism of youth, our visions are bold as we see ourselves playing big roles in the grand theater of life. As time rolls on, living free from what Charles E. Hummel called "the tyranny of the urgent" takes a patient courage. Clinging to our bold dreams as we look ahead to what our future holds as well as to that of the next generation demands a certain resolve.

Gail Friedman, AAC Professor Emeritus Jay Zumeta, Elaine Zumeta, Dr. Richard Friedman, AAC Chairman of the Board.

Jay Zumeta is one of these brave souls.

When Jay made the decision to include the Art Academy of Cincinnati in his estate planning, he was reflecting back on nearly four decades at the AAC while casting his dreams beyond his own life for the benefit of artists yet to be.

Jay came to the Art Academy via Michigan in 1979 and quickly became the backbone of the Art History Department where he strove to cultivate connections between the past and present. Through the years, he has served in many capacities including acting as the first Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts. Initiating and nurturing a very successful Museum Studies Internship as well as curating at Miami University and the Cincinnati Art Museum illustrates his commitment to expand the student experience and cultivate relationships outside the AAC. He was bestowed with the title Professor Emeritus in 2015.

These thoughts capture Jay's love for the special community he treasures:

"I have seen lives blossom as individuals develop their creative and artistic potential. The most important feature of an Art Academy education is that it enhances creative thinking and effective problem solving. This helps in dealing with any of life's challenges. My view has been and continues to be that magic happens here."

Jay has done more than put his money where his mouth is. He is living out the crux of his curriculum. With his generous gift, the history of the Art Academy is connected with its future.

So, more magic can happen.

Legacy Giving

In the summer of 2017, Voices of Giving honored Jay Zumeta and the legacy gift he made to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Since then others have expressed interest and asked, “What is a legacy gift and does it make sense to make one?” Let’s take a moment and debunk the “Top 10 Legacy Giving Myths.”

  1. I already give money annually. Thank you so much! Regular giving to an annual appeal or fundraiser is an important part of how area nonprofits keep their doors open. But what happens to the organization you have supported when you are no longer here to make that gift? A legacy gift can help ensure that your support continues, even when you can’t attend that fundraiser.

  2. I don’t want the publicity associated with Legacy Giving. Part of our philanthropic practice involves thanking those who have made a legacy commitment. Publishing a list of legacy society members and offering special opportunities to legacy givers can inspire others to participate in this important program. But if you’re not the kind of person who wants the world to know about your generosity, you can choose to remain anonymous.

  3. Only seniors can leave a legacy gift. Seniors are an important and influential group, but any person– no matter their age– can plan to support the causes and organizations they cherish after they are gone. If you have assets, you’ll want to be the one to decide how they should be divided… at any age.

  4. I will need to hire a lawyer. There are many legacy gift vehicles that don’t require hiring an attorney. Consider making your favorite nonprofit a beneficiary of a portion of your life insurance policy or retirement fund. This change can usually be made with a single phone call and a signature, no attorney necessary.

  5. I won’t get to decide what happens to my gift. Even though you won’t be here to see the impact your legacy gift will be making, you can pre-determine where your dollars will go and stipulate how they should be spent. If you’d like to fund a technology upgrade, purchase books for the library, or make sure extra scholarships are available, just stipulate that as part of your gift. Don’t imagine that you have to restrict your gift though… sometimes general funding is just the thing that an organization most needs.

  6. If the organization dissolves, so will my money. It’s hard to predict where any of us will be in 10, 20, even 50 years. If you are worried that your organization might not be around when your gift is ready, you can indicate that you’d like it to go to a particular cause (art education) as a second choice to your favorite organization (Art Academy of Cincinnati).

  7. My kids are getting all my money. Every parent wants to make sure their kids are well taken care of. Consider leaving just a portion of your estate to charitable causes. A gift like this will leave your children with both financial support and an ethical lesson in the importance of building a better world.

  8. I might need my money. It’s true, you might. And it’ll be there for you if and when you do. This type of gift represents what you want to give once you are no longer here to need your assets.

  9. I have to be a millionaire to leave a legacy. The beauty of legacy giving is that you can make a gift of any amount of your estate. If your estate is worth a few dollars or a few billion, your gift is your legacy. And your legacy should live on.

  10. I want my money to go where it’s most needed. Sometimes it’s not an organization that moves us, but the idea we can make a difference in the world. If you have a mission you’d like to accomplish, let’s talk about how the Art Academy of Cincinnati can help you plan your legacy gift around accomplishing that mission. Contact Joan Kaup at the Art Academy for a confidential conversation to get started. to get started.

You Make A Difference!

Thanks to you, Jade and Michael are busy planning their future.

This year they are experiencing college life - a dream that seemed beyond their grasp when they were children. As first-generation college students, they will face challenges and reap rewards. As a college with generous donors, dedicated faculty and a rich tradition, we embrace these talented young people and nurture them on their journey.

Your gift will buy the books, pay the teachers, and grow our scholarship funds so that young people like Jade and Michael have a chance. Your generosity tells our students and faculty that someone believes in them, someone they might not even know and that's powerful.

Come meet your students. Know how important you are to these budding artists. See the difference your generosity makes in their lives. Join us every Final Friday of the school year. Our galleries are open and imagination is on display on every floor. Your students want you to see their creations. They want to meet YOU!

Ways to give:

Support Scholarships

You fulfill dreams when you give to a scholarship fund at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

You change live by enabling Art Academy students to explore their own individual expression and to cultivate their own voice and their own vision.

You foster talent, ignite potential and inspire possibilities by funding a BFA, MAAE or a CE scholarship at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

All of our students appreciate the recognition of merit based scholarships. Many students could not attend college without scholarship help. Your scholarship award will be based on a combination of portfolio quality, academic performance, and financial need for incoming and/or returning students.

"I am incredibly humbled by all of the help and support I have received at the Art Academy from the teachers, students and now the Alumni. This award has motivated me to push myself to work even harder to do my best."

Hannah Parker, Student, AAC Alumni Scholarship Award Recipient 2016

Receiving a scholarship makes a big impact on a student, and awarding a scholarship makes a big impact on you. Helping young people get closer to a degree is one of the most satisfying gifts you can give.

Did you know that scholarships have a direct, real impact on the worldwide workforce? As our economy becomes more globalized, connected and automated, the face of the workforce will continue to change. One thing won't change, though. The workforce in the United States will continue to need more and more workers with college degrees.

"There will be 55 million job openings in the economy through 2020: 24 million openings from newly created jobs and 31 million openings due to baby boom retirements. ... 35 percent of the job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, 30 percent of the job openings will require some college or an associate's degree and 36 percent of the job openings will not require education beyond high school."

Source: Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW)'s Recovery 2020 report

That's right: within the next five years, two of every three jobs will require at least a two-year degree. Some business thought leaders site the MFA as the new MBA because while learning art, students learns problem-solving, communication and collaboration – key leadership skills for the 21st century.

Receiving a scholarship makes a big impact on a student, and awarding a scholarship makes a big impact on you. Helping young people get closer to a degree is one of the most satisfying gifts you can give. Please donate now to AAC Scholarship Fund

The Development Office would be delighted to help you to set up anamed honorary scholarship that fits your needs and wishes. Please contact us at 513.562.8745 or
Thank you.

Future Plans

Make a difference

Students come first at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Their personal and professional development is our first priority.

We hope you believe that, like teaching, giving to the Art Academy supports a vitally important reciprocal process that channels creative energy, together with design and artistic talent, back into our community.

Today, I am asking you to contribute to the Art Academy of Cincinnati, to help sustain our continuing mission of educating and shaping the next generations of innovative visual artists and designers.

John Sullivan

Donor Circles

Paul Chidlaw
$45 - $99
Herbert P. Barnett
$100 - $499
Thom Shaw
$500 - $999
John A. Ruthven
$1000 - $4,999
Edie & Charley Harper
$5000 - $9,999
Maria Longworth Nichols Storer
$10,000 - $24,999
Thomas Satterwhite Noble
$25,000 & Above

Thomas Satterwhite Noble (1835-1907) $25,000 & above

Thomas Satterwhite Noble, born on a plantation in Lexington, Kentucky in 1835, showed an interest in and propensity for art at an early age. He first studied with Samuel Woodson Price in Louisville, Kentucky, and continued his studies at Transylvania University in Lexington. He moved to Paris to study with Thomas Couture from 1856-1859.

His career as a burgeoning artist was cut short when the Civil War broke out and he joined the Confederate army from 1862-1865. After the war, Noble moved to St. Louis and began painting. Thanks to the success of his first painting, The Last Sale of Slaves, he received sponsorship from wealthy Northern benefactors for a studio in New York City. From 1866-1869 he painted some of his most well-known oil paintings.

Noble’s best-known works are historical or social/political presentations. He had, by this time, rejected slavery, despite having served the Confederacy. He is principally known for a series of four anti-slavery paintings: Last Sale of the Slaves (1865); John Brown’s Blessing (1866); The Modern Medea (1867); and The Price of Blood (1868). These paintings are notable for depicting the anguish and inhumanity of slavery and for including white oppressors in the imagery.

In 1869, he was invited to become the first head of the McMicken School of Design in Cincinnati, Ohio, a post he would hold until 1904. In 1887, the McMicken School of Design became the present-day Art Academy of Cincinnati.

While at the helm of McMicken School, Noble trained several other prominent artists including Elizabeth Nourse (1859-1938), Willie Betty Newman (1863-1935), and Eli Harvey (1860-1957). He spent sabbatical years studying in Munich, Germany (1881-1883). He retired in 1904 and died in New York City on April 27, 1907. He is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.


Harvey C. Hubbell Trust
Ohio Valley Foundation *
Carson E. Smith Trust
Mr. John P. Sucich *

* New Donor
** Alumni

Maria Longworth Nichols Storer (1849-1932) $10,000 - $24,999

Maria Longworth was born in Cincinnati, on May 20, 1849. Granddaughter to Nichols Longworth, patriarch of the one of the region's wealthiest families. Fascinated by the fine arts, she began to paint and play piano at a young age. In 1868 she married George Ward Nichols, a journalist who created the legend of Wild Bill Hickok. She graduated from the Cincinnati School of Design, a forerunner of the Cincinnati Art Academy and went on to become very skilled in ceramics. Her interest in pottery led to the creation of The Rookwood Pottery Company in 1880. She was the first woman to start a pottery business in Cincinnati. She hired both men and women including artists and a chemist and soon Rookwood pottery was a highly sought commodity, treasured for its beauty as well as its usefulness. In 1882 she won a gold medal at the Tenth Cincinnati Industrial Exposition.

After Nichols' death in 1885, Maria married Bellamy Storer, a Cincinnati-born attorney who later became a congressman and foreign minister to Belgium (1896), Spain (1899), and Austria-Hungary (1902). During these years, she continued working with ceramics and won a gold medal at the Universelle Exposition in Paris in 1901.

After leaving Rookwood Pottery in 1890 to follow Storer's political career, she spent the remainder of her life involved in the arts, writing and performing works of public charity. She died in Paris in 1932 at the age of 83.


Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Chavez
Charles H. Dater Foundation
P&G Fund
Thomas R. Schiff Foundation
Elsa Heisel Sule Charitable Trust
Bertha Langhorst Werner Scholarship Fund

* New Donor
** Alumni

Edie (1922-2010) & Charley Harper (1922-2007) $5,000 - $9,999

Charley Harper was born in on August 4, 1922, in Frenchton, West Virginia. He was brought up on his family's farm and was greatly influenced by these surroundings throughout his life. He briefly attended college at West Virginia Wesleyan College before moving to Cincinnati to follow his dream of becoming an artist. Edith Riley McKee was an only child born in 1922 in Kansas City. In the 1930's her family moved to Cincinnati when Edie's father landed a position with Procter & Gamble. They lived in an apartment on Springfield Pike while Edie attended Wyoming High School and in 1940 she entered the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Edie and Charley Harper met at AAC where they shared classes and admiration of painters such as Miro and Klee. When Charley was drafted for service in World War II, Edie interrupted her classes to support the war effort as a photographer. She photographed hydro dams and cement test samples and processed the film in the lab for the Corps of Engineers. Later, she would receive critical acclaim for the black and white photographs she took with her 8 x 10 camera employing her own imaginative subject matter. After the war, Edie and Charley resumed their studies at the Academy: they graduated and married in 1947. Following graduation, they embarked on a six-month camping honeymoon throughout America that was financed in part by Charley's Wilder Traveling Scholarship. He was the first winner of the grant, which continues to be awarded to graduating seniors at the AAC today. Upon his return, as a condition of the award, Charley was required to give to the AAC one of the paintings he had created during his travels. His small painting of a clapboard house among a grove of sycamore trees still hangs in the school.

Charley began to teach at the Art Academy and developed his famous style; nature subjects suited his talents. Meanwhile, Edie continued to paint, supplemented by a rich output of jewelry, contemporary photography, enameling, sculpture, and silkscreen prints.

Over the years, Charley's illustrations appeared in Ford Times, a travel magazine published by the Ford Motor Company; Childcraft and World Book Encyclopedia. He has created works for the National Park Service, the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Nature Center, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania to name a few. Charley Harper died in 2007 at the age of 84. Edie died in died in 2010 at the age of 87


1919 Investment Counsel, LLC
William P. Anderson Foundation Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Chavez
Clay Street Press, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Pichler           
August A. Rendigs, Jr. and Helen Rendigs Foundation
Ms. Carrie Smith *
Mr. David L. Smith *
Nellie Leaman Taft Charitable Foundation

* New Donor
** Alumni

John Ruthven (1927-present) $1,000 - $4,999

John Ruthven was born in Cincinnati, in 1927. His fascination with wildlife began when he was a young boy. Growing up in Walnut Hills, he visited the Ohio River and thought about the birds painted by the great American wildlife artist John J. Audubon. After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Ruthven returned to Cincinnati to study at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In 1946 he opened a commercial studio with the goal of a career in wildlife art. In 1960 he designed the Redhead Ducks stamp for the U.S. Post Office.

Ruthven, often referred to as the 20th century Audubon, has been included in many important wildlife art exhibits including: The Artists of America exhibit in Denver, Colorado, and The Society of Animal Artists traveling exhibit. A major retrospective of his work, John A. Ruthven "In the Audubon Tradition", was held at Cincinnati Museum Center in 1994.

In 2015 Ruthven was honored with the Eloise Payne Luquer Medal from the Garden Club of America for his achievement in botany. In addition, Ruthven received the prestigious National Medal of Arts in 2004 from President George W. Bush. Ruthven lives and continues to paint on a farm in Georgetown, Ohio.


Americana Arts Foundation
Mr. Robert S. Chavez
Chemed Foundation
Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Cowgill *
Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc. *
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Dobranski
Mr. Gary Gaffney and Ms. Jacqueline Wollman
Interact For Health *
Miller‑Valentine Walsh Fund
Over The Rhine Community Councils Inc. *
Parking Company of America *
Drs. Michael B. Pearlman and Paula Singer
Pereira & O'Dell *
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Sullivan
J. Frederick & Helen B. Vogel Trust
Mr. George Warrington

* New Donor
** Alumni

Thom Shaw (1947-2010) $500 - $999

Thom Shaw created stark black-and-white woodcuts that unflinchingly portrayed the lives of people struggling with poverty, particularly black families in crisis. His art was shaped by the world he lived in as well as his personal struggles with chronic illnesses. Born in Cincinnati in 1947, he was the eldest of 10 children. Shaw graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, earning his BFA in 1970.

He worked at Cincinnati Bell as a graphic designer from 1965 to 1992, all the while pursuing a parallel career as a professional artist. He eventually devoted his energies entirely to his art. In 2003, AAC presented Homecoming, a solo exhibition of his beautiful and disturbing large-scale black-and-white relief prints, very suggestive of violence. His images told stories set in the poorest ghettos, where gangs roamed, veins bulged, brows furrowed and everyone was always yelling. In 2005, Shaw was the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at Cincinnati's Taft Museum of Art. During his career his works were exhibited at sites as diverse and far-flung as the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Jenewein Gallery in the Czech Republic.

In 2007 Shaw was AAC's commencement speaker and recognized with an honorary doctorate. By then he had struggled with illness for more than a decade. His art continued to reflect fractured social images (Poverty's Paradise) and his own declining health (The Big Hurt). His work was consistently confrontational, telling desperate stories portraying urban life in desperation and upheaval. Nevertheless, he tempered his righteous anger with glimmers of hope that civilization might evolve. He passed away on July 6, 2010, due to complications from diabetes.


Activities Beyond The Classroom
The Cord Foundation
Dr. Vibeka Dankwa
Friedlander Family Fund
Ms. Joan M. Kaup       
Mr. Gregory Kissel **
Mr. and Mrs. Kim Krause **
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip C. Long  
Meisel Family Foundation *
Mr. and Mrs. Gates Moss *
Mr. R. Warner Off
Plaza Artist Materials
Mr. Craig Sarembock
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stegman
Ms. Zahra Tavakoli *

* New Donor
** Alumni

Herbert P. Barnett (1910-1972) $100 - $499

Herbert P. Barnett was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1910. An artistic prodigy, he had his first international solo shows at age 17. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and in Europe from 1929 to 1932. He headed the Wooster (Massachusetts) Museum of Art from 1940 to 1951. In addition, he taught painting at the University of Vermont and the Norfolk Art School at Yale University.

Barnett's oil paintings depict the majestic landscapes of Cape Ann, country still lifes, and portraits of mid-20th-century figures. Barnett references the work of Cézanne and early cubists, with contrasting directional planes of color and commonplace subject matter. His work is characterized by visible evidence of its own process, with initial sketches discernible in dark paint.

In 1951 Barnett became dean of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, a position he held until his death in 1972 at age 61.


Dr. Terre Adams *
Samuel Baidoo and Family *
Bakersfield *
Mr. Ronald T. Bates
Kitty and David Michael Beck
Mr. and Mrs. Dolph L. Berman
Ms. Valerie Bernardino *
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Bloomfield
Mr. and Mrs. James G. Boney
Ms. Catherine O. Bradford
CKCT Ceramics *
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Cohen
Mr. and Mrs. David P. Crafts
Ms. Kirsten Eldred *
Encore Technologies
Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Erschell, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. James Fraser
Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Friedman
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Frisell
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Funk
Ms. Lisa R. Gerton *
Mr. and Mrs. Jon T. Gimpel
Ms. Deborah Ginocchio
Mr. Ralph P. Ginocchio
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Gober * **
Ms. Lynne Meyers Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Daryl J. Grote **
Mr. and Mrs. Mark B. Grote
Mr. and Mrs. Brett M. Harper
Mr. George Hensler III ** Ms. Aisha Hull * **
Mr. John Isidor and Ms. Sandy Kaltman
Ms. Rhonda Jones *
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Z. Kamholtz
Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Korb, Jr.
Mr. Donald Kovener * **
Mr. and Mrs. Barron J. Krody **
Ms. Regina Kuhns
Ms. Joyce M. Macke *
Mr. and Mrs. Ulysses J. Marin **
Mr. Jack A. McCullough * **
Ms. Joanne Milburn *
Mr. Ran Mullins **
Pacific Kitchen *
Mr. and Mrs. John Pepper
Ms. Carole Register
Mr. Anthony E. Reiss
Revel Urban Winery *
Rev. William C. Rushing * **
Mr. Michael Samoya and Ms. Sharman Haley * **
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Schempp
Ms. Deborah Emont Scott
Ms. Rebecca Seeman and Mr. David Wood
Mr. Murray Sinclaire, Jr.
The Sizemores *
Mr. Jerry M. Spohr
Mr. Gregory O. Stanforth **
Ms. Jane T. Stanton
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Steinman
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip A. Stephenson **
Mr. Brett Stover *
Taft's Ale House *
Taste of Belgium
Urban Sites Property Management *
Ms. Mary A. Vallery
VonLehman & Company Inc.
Mr. Andrew J. VonLehman
Ms. Suzanne Walters **
Ms. Denise B. Watson
Wave Pool *
Ms. Paige Williams
Mr. Joseph M. Winhusen **
Woodburn Brewery *
Ms. Sheila Yeagle **
Ms. Tillie J. Yow
Ms. Melissa Zimmerman *



* New Donor
** Alumni

Paul Chidlaw (1900-1989) $45 - $99

Paul Childlaw was born in Cleves, Ohio, in 1900 to Edward H. and Carolyn Guise Chidlaw.

From 1919 to 1923, he studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After finishing his studies, he became a designer for commercial films in Cincinnati, a job he held until 1927 when he left the country to study at L'École des Beaux-Arts de Fontainebleau in France, founded in 1923. From 1928 to 1932 he studied with the artists Jean Despujols and André Lhote.

Childlaw painted in oil, watercolor, acrylic, etchings, pastel, charcoal, and pencil He and Artist Julian Stanczak became life-long friends while teaching together at the AAC together in the late 1960s. At his death, Chidlaw's studio contained a number of artworks he had acquired from Stanczak.

A gallery at the Art Academy of Cincinnati is named for him honoring his place as one of the finest and earliest abstract expressionists of the 20th century in the Cincinnati area. His artwork is displayed in the Cincinnati Art Museum and at Xavier University.

Chidlaw was afflicted with macular degeneration later in life, but continued to create black and white drawings daily relying on his peripheral vision. He died in 1989 at the age of 89.


Ms. Alexandra W. Anderson * **
Ms. Dona Byers *
Ms. Robyn Cottier *
Bash Party Goods *
Mr. Herbert A. Beard **
Beck Paint & Hardware
Cards Against Humanity *
Ms. Christine Carli **
Ms. Robyn Cottier *
Mr. Galen R. Crawford
Mr. and Mrs. Jere M. Hardy
Ms. Ellen Hoffman *
Ms. Robin L. Lippelman
Ms. Macy's, Inc.
Ms. Milissa Michel * **
Ms. Amanda Parker-Wolery
Ms. Joan Richmond * **
Ms. Kimberly A. Shifflett **
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald T. Silvers
Ms. Andrea Stamatis *
Mrs. Susan L. Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome A. Vogt *
Mr. Joseph F. Williams
Ellen Mullen and Jay Zumeta

* New Donor
** Alumni