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Trompe l’oeil artist Anthony Adcock received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in oil painting from the American Academy of Art. Anthony also studied painting and drawing at the Vitruvian School of Art in Chicago, and has spent time studying plein air painting in Italy. Anthony has gallery representation at Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, M Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina, Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Cureeo, an online gallery based in Chicago. His work has also been featured in the magazine New American Paintings and in multiple venues and galleries throughout Chicago. Anthony continues to paint in Chicago and teaches full-time at the American Academy of Art.



Lynn J. Armstrong has been a member of the faculty at the American Academy of Art since 1992, serving as instructor for many classes including Life Drawing, Anatomy, Advanced Anatomy, Oil Painting, Science of Perception, and currently, Life Drawing for the Illustrator.

She is a graduate of DePaul University, holding a BA in Art, with a Studio Major and Art History Concentration. Additionally, she holds an Associate’s Degree with the American Academy of Art in Illustration, and continues studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She is currently attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting.

Ms. Armstrong has a line of jewelry in the Art Institute Modern Wing Shop. It is made from recycled materials. She also designed her own jewelry website. 



Mat Barber Kennedy R.I. is a fine artist and watercolorist who is nationally and internationally exhibited.  He teaches watercolor at the American Academy of Art.

Mr. Kennedy is currently working on his first book, These Things I Believe.

He is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolor, and also received the architectural award at the Royal Institute.

Mr. Kennedy studied architecture at Sheffield University and continued his training at the Royal College of Art.

He is represented by several galleries in the United Kingdom, including the Shell House Gallery, the Linda Blackstone Gallery, and the Burford Gallery.  In the United States, he is represented by the ES Lawrence Galleries in Colorado and South Carolina.

Recent Exhibitions:

Affordable Art Fair (London)

Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute

Anglican Contemporary Art Fair

20th Anniversary Exhibition – Linda Blackstone Gallery

35th Annual Pilsen Artists’ Open House (Chicago)

Manchester Art Fair



Cindy Bernhard received her BFA from the American Academy of Art and her MFA from Laguna College of Art and Design.  She has served as an instructor at numerous institutions including the City Colleges of Chicago, the Evanston Art Center, Gallery 37 After School Matters, and Laguna College of Art and Design.  She has worked as Gallery Director for Jennifer Norback Fine Art, and Gallery Manager for Linda Warren Projects.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and she has received numerous awards and accolades.  Cindy continues to paint while teaching full-time at the American Academy of Art and serving as studio assistant for Chicago artist Phyllis Bramson.



Jennifer Botich has over thirteen years of experience preparing art students with writing and communication skills. She holds a Master of Arts degree from DePaul University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Illinois State University. Jennifer currently serves as Co-Chair of the Humanities and Sciences Department. She finds great joy in teaching Academy students the art of academic, creative and professional writing. 



Graphic designer and printmaker Mary Clare Butler holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book, Paper, and Print from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2007, she has worked as a graphic designer for corporate and nonprofit clients including Morningstar, Motorola, and Growing Home. Her work has been exhibited at EXPO Chicago, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Spudnik Press, and the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. In 2015 she co-founded Fata Morgana Press, a book arts studio focused on education and experimental printmaking.  



Anna Cicirale joined the faculty of the American Academy of Art as a Psychology instructor in 2012.  The Psychology discipline was recently added to the Academy’s Humanities & Sciences area and was offered for the first time during the fall 2012 semester.

Mrs. Cicirale holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development, Post-graduate work in School Counseling, and is currently working towards a PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis on Cognition and Instruction.  Her graduate research focused on short-term memory and the effect of item recall for second language learners.

Prior to joining the Academy, she was an adjunct instructor at Triton Community College in River Grove, IL.  At Triton College, she also was an active member in the community in the area of Enrollment Services advising transfer students, assisting with assessment services, conducting degree audits, initiatives towards degree completion, and coordinating new student orientation events. Anna continues work as an adjunct at both Triton College and Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Her teaching interests are Human Development, Evolutionary Psychology, Human Sexuality, Intergenerational Relationships, Classical Conditioning, Short-term Memory, Dream Analysis, Adulthood & Technology, Positive Psychology, Stress, and Marriage and Family Therapy.




Chris Cosnowski has been teaching Advanced Painting and Fine Arts Portfolio at the Academy since 2003. He received his B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1992 and his M.F.A. from Northwestern University in 2000. He has exhibited his artwork extensively throughout the United States as well as London. He recently had a mid-career retrospective at the South Shore Arts Association in Munster, IN.  His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times and New Art Examiner. He has also been featured on the cover of New American Paintings in 2001 and 2014. He received a finalist award from the Illinois Arts Council in 2001.

Mr. Cosnowski is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago and Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC.


Recent Exhibitions:

“National Contemporary Painting Exhibition”, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

“Enlightened – NYC”, Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC

 “Enlightened?”  Linda Warren Projects, Chicago

“American Metal”  Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC

“Apocalypse”  Linda Warren Projects, Chicago

“Fresh”  Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC



Alexis Culotta recently completed her Ph.D. in Art History with the University of Washington. Her area of expertise is in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, with her dissertation examining the work of Raphael and his colleagues at the Roman Villa Farnesina. Her research has yielded several publications in various print and online journals, including a chapter in the forthcoming publication, Essays on the Interpretation and Influence of Vitruvius in the Early Modern World (Ashgate).

In addition to teaching at the American Academy, Alexis also serves as an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago. Alexis has been teaching at the college level since 2005 and, prior to her move to Chicago, enjoyed working as the Senior Curator of Research at a prominent fine art gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana. She acquired her B.A. in Art History and Economics at Lawrence University (WI) and her M.A. in art History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.




Robert Drea has been an editorial and commercial photographer in Chicago since 1980. His photographs and photographic essays have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. He has contributed to annual reports and major media advertising for a wide variety of clients.

Mr. Drea’s photo-documentary, City of Boxers, was exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center in 1999. This work was profiled on Chicago Public Television and selected photographs published in the Chicago Tribune Magazine.

His photo-documentary, Wounded in America, was exhibited at the University of Chicago in 2004, the National Civil Rights Museum in 2006, California State University, Los Angeles in 2008, and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco in 2009.

Mr. Drea holds a B.A. in Economics from Xavier University and a M.S. in Photography from the Institute of Design, the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was awarded the Prix du Ministre de la Culture Francais in 1985 for his exhibition, Chicago Portraits, at Galerie Daguerre, Paris. He has twice been a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, 1995 and 2000.

Mr. Drea has taught at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology and Benedictine University, and has served as Lead Artist at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.  He is a member of the Arts Club of Chicago.




Designer Michael Goro has been a faculty member at the American Academy of Art since 2002.  He currently teaches Digital Pre-press and Production and Visual Communication.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Goro has worked as a book illustrator in Jerusalem, an illustrator and graphic designer for Babcock Theater in Salt Lake City, and a teacher of drawing, painting and printmaking.  He has worked with many corporate and non-profit clients, and taught at the University of Utah and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

In 1998, he competed in the International Print Triennial in Kanagowa, Japan and was ranked the third best printmaker in the world.  Other awards include three lead artist teaching grants from Gallery 37 in Chicago, a teaching excellence award from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and first prize in Notes from Underground International Art Exhibition in London.

He earned a B.A. from Mukhina College of Art and Design in Leningrad, Russia and an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

His work has been exhibited in more than forty national and international exhibitions.

Recent Exhibitions:

Anchors of Identity – Vespine Studios and Gallery (Chicago)

The Chicago Show: Tracks, Cable, Sky and Lake – Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (Chicago)

Urban Landscape – ARC Gallery (Chicago)

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative 16th Annual Small Print Show (Chicago)

Printmaker: Exhibition of Contemporary Chicago Printmakers – 4art Gallery (Chicago)

The 4th Triennial Book and Paper Arts – Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College (Chicago)



Richard Kryczka is a nationally exhibited illustrator, designer and painter.  He has taught at the American Academy of Art since 1987, and has served as the chairperson of the Illustration department since 1990.  He currently teaches Illustration and Advanced Illustration.

Mr. Kryczka’s work is represented by the Anne Louckes Gallery in Glencoe, Illinois; Dovetail Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; and Morava Studios in Oak Park, Illinois.  He also works with various commercial clients including MSL Advertising, KHM Plastics, Technifast and Southern Illinois University graphics department.

He has been honored with many awards for his fine art work, and has also received COARA and NACA awards for his illustration and design work.  Recently, he won first place in the 66th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibit at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago.

Mr. Kryczka was also included in the 7th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

He holds an A.A. in Illustration and Graphic Design from the American Academy of Art where he studied under the late Irving Shapiro, a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

National Exhibitions:

Illustrators Who Teach – Society of Illustrators (New York)

5th Annual American Landscapes Exhibit (Annapolis, Maryland)

Aqueous Open – Three Rivers Gallery (Pittsburgh)

Westmoreland Art Nationals (Youngwood, Pennsylvania)

Watercolor Illinois

Recent Solo Exhibitions:

Hammond Development Corporation (Hammond, Indiana)

Midland Center for the Arts (Midland, Michigan)

Tavern Club of Chicago




Web designer/developer and animator Anahita Mobarhan works as a web designer for a variety of national and international clients. She teaches Web Design I & II as well as Interactive Design & Multimedia classes at the American
Academy of Art.
She has published articles for Museo Teo art fanzine, a traveling museum based in Milan and art reviews for Time
Out Rome. She also works as a freelance web designer for a variety of clients and small businesses.
Ms. Mobarhan was awarded a grant in 2005 by the Ospedale Pediatrico Babin’ Gesu in Rome to work with a team
of neurologists and speech therapists to create a series of remedial games using interactive 3-D and 2-D animation
for use in therapy sessions with patients affected by visual agnosia.
She holds a B.A. in painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and an M.F.A. in animation from the UCLA
School of Film and Television.
She has a Certificate degree in Web Programming from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries in Rome, Milan, Turin, Bologna and Como, Italy.



Illustrator Kristin Mount joined the faculty of the American Academy of Art in 2005. She teaches Anatomy, Advanced Anatomy, and Digital Illustration.

Ms. Mount earned a Master of Associated Medical Sciences degree from the Biomedical Visualization program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked as a freelance illustrator specializing in medical illustration since 1993. She works with a variety of clients including publishers, surgeons, lawyers, and pharmaceutical companies. Ms. Mount received a local Silver Addy Award for her illustrations in an Indiana Firebirds advertising campaign in 2003.

Ms. Mount has taught several workshops in digital illustration and web navigation at national meetings of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She has also taught Illustration Applications, Computer Visualization and Advanced Illustration Techniques at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Biomedical Visualization. She is currently a research advisor at BVIS, serving on graduate level research project committees.



Graphic Designer Peter Scott joined the faculty at the American Academy of Art in 1998.  He teaches Computer Graphic Foundations, Packaging Design and Electronic Imaging.

He has worked with a number of clients as a freelance designer, including:


USA Corporation


American Academy of Art, Inc.

Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design

Mr. Scott holds a B.A. in Humanities with a major in French and a minor in math from Purdue University, a B.F.A. in Communication Design from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and the Diplome Superieur d’Etudes Francaises from the Universite des Sciences Humaines in Strasburg, France.




Sculptor Bobby Joe Scribner joined the faculty at the American Academy of Art in 1994.  He currently teaches Fundamentals of Art and Sculpture.

Mr. Scribner previously taught at E.R. Geisler Fine Arts, Ltd. in Barrington, Illinois.

He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.


DePaul University - Chicago

Oakton Community College – Chicago

Riverwalk – Milwaukee

Pierwalk (Navy Pier) – Chicago

Season of Sculpture – Sarasota, Florida




My endeavors in the 3D field began when I attended the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago campus in 1999.  After graduating with a BFA in Media Arts and Animation, I went to work as an intern/3D artist at High Voltage Software in Hoffman Estates in 2002.  During my time there I worked on two released games, Haunted Mansion , and Leisure Suit Larry:  Magna Cum Laude, as well as one independent title.

During this time I also joined an online gaming group who were working on making a series of mini games using the tools and game engine of Neverwinter Nights from Bioware and Atari.  We eventually released several mini mods for digital download as well as a title that was picked up by Bioware to sell online.  We also were beginning development of another title that was going to be for the Neverwinter Nights 2 game engine that was going to be released by Obsidian.

In the fall of 2005 I began my grad school and decided to leave the online gaming group to fully devote my time to completing my master’s degree.

After I started my master’s program at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco , I went to work for the Adler Planetarium as a 3D Artist/Animator.  I worked on four shows, doing all aspects of 2D/3D including modeling, texturing, scripting, and animation, which included a NASA based show and a Sesame Street show.

After leaving the Adler this past June, I am extremely excited about the opportunity to teach at the American Academy of Art, where I hope I can give back to a new generation of artists pursuing a career in the 3D field.



Fine artist Michele Stutts is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist.  She specializes in watercolor, 2D and 3D mixed media, and her current work is in video and mixed media installations.  She teaches Fundamentals of Art at the American Academy of Art.

Ms. Stutts holds an A.A. in Commercial and Fine Art from the American Academy of Art, a B.F.A. from Chicago State University and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College.

Originally from Liverpool, England, Ms. Stutts has exhibited her work widely in the United States and abroad.  Her work has been included in group exhibitions in New York, Rhode Island, Indiana, Ohio, Washington and Minnesota and in international exhibitions in Australia, Germany, Bulgaria and Canada.

Solo Exhibitions:

Arc Gallery (Chicago)

Kaos Gallery (Phoenix, Arizona)

St. Francis College (Joliet, Illinois)

South Suburban College (South Holland, Illinois)

Satoni Gallery (Chicago)



Teacher, director, and writer Tony Thomas has been on the faculty at the American Academy of Art since 1993 and currently serves as the Co-curricular Activities Coordinator.  He teaches Communications, Film and Society, World Cultures and College Success Seminar.

He has directed over 50 professional stage productions and authored several plays which have been produced throughout the United States.  He was one of the founders of Live Theatre in Evanston, Illinois where he served as Artistic Director.

He has previously taught at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago; Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois; California State College, Stanislaus in Turlock, California; and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Mr. Thomas holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New Mexico State University and an M.F.A. in Directing from Ohio University School of Theatre.



Brandie Windham joined the mathematics faulty at the Academy in 2016, serving as an instructor for the Quantitative Learning course.  Ms. Windham is currently an adjunct at Concordia University Chicago  and has taught developmental mathematics at Malcolm X College.  Ms. Windham has worked as a mechanical engineer and business manager and shares her real-world experience with students in the classroom.

Ms. Windham holds a M.A. in Mathematics Education from DePaul University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A native of Chicago’s western suburbs, you can find Ms. Windham enjoying the many treasures of Chicago with her family.



James Wisdom, a nationally exhibited fine artist and illustrator, has been involved with the American Academy of Art since 2008. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in oil painting from the Academy and his Master of Fine Arts degree in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work has been exhibited most recently at various locations including the Krannert Art Museum and Figure One Gallery in Champaign, IL, and Both Sides Gallery and Ugly Step Sister Gallery in Chicago, IL, to name a few. He has also worked collaboratively on projects for many corporate clients including Google, GrubHub, and Abbott Laboratories. He currently teaches Fundamentals and College Success Seminar at the American Academy of Art.



Fine Artist and Illustrator Don Yang currently teaches Life Drawing, Oil Painting and Anatomy at the American Academy of Art.

Mr. Yang has taught painting, drawing and artistic anatomy at the Brickton Gallery Center in Park Ridge, Illinois and the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago.  He also operated his own drawing workshop studio in Tennessee.

In addition to his previous medical training, Mr. Yang holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the American Academy of Art

His work is included in collections throughout the United States and Europe.


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