What Our Graduates Say

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“I knew the Academy was for me the second I walked in the door.  The warmth and intensity of the instructors made me want to go there.”

Samantha DeCarlo, Freelance Fine Artist & Illustrator, Art Instructor at UnWined Painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I think it was valuable just coming into a space where we’re all artists, and also being in a place where I could really relate with other people.”

“I think coming to the Academy helped me with everything because I ended up meeting a lot of great people and finding myself in the process.”

Azia Fain Sanders, 3D Artist, Parsons

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“I’ve definitely appreciated everything I’ve learned here.  I feel like I’ve just learned so much and met a lot of really amazing people, including teachers and students.  I think this school was a really wonderful choice.”

Ariana Koultourides, Freelance Illustrator

 

 

 

 

 

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“The quality of one-on-one time I’ve had with my instructors has been incredible.  The great thing about the Academy and it being such a small school is that you can form personal relationships with the instructors.  My teachers know my work very well and help me in specific and personal ways.  That’s really been a significant part of my education at the Academy.”

Dan Herbst, Illustrator/Designer, The Bradford Group

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“After attending the Academy, I was truly ready to become an artist.  The Academy’s emphasis on cross-disciplinary instruction, small class size, professionalism and adherence to deadlines helped me establish the skills I needed to work well collaboratively or independently.” 

Loren Long, Children's Book Illustrator

 

 

 

 

 

 


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“When I arrived at the Academy, it was finally clear that I had found my purpose and my people. It was like high school but for creative nerds. My dream job is grooming the next generation of talent. I couldn’t have done it without the American Academy of Art.” 

Dawn Yamazi, Director of Talent Development and Outreach for Walt Disney Animation Studios

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“Perspective, life drawing, light source, reference, color theory, design and structure are all things I learned from the Academy and apply to my work everyday. My education definitely puts me a step ahead of a lot of tattoo artists.” 

Mike Figueroa, Tattoo Artist & Illustrator FiGsigARTS

 

 

 

 

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Ricky-Lavin

“I learned how to be an artist technically, creatively and professionally, which wouldn’t have been possible without the staff and faculty at the Academy”.

Richard Lavin, 3D Artist, Parsons

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Photograph by Adam Biba (adambiba.com

"My Professional Career began at the American Academy of Art. Thanks to my professors and the staff,  I had opportunities to work on murals and public Art Projects throughout Chicago. I never would have had these opportunities and met the people I had met if it weren’t for their dedication. I found one-on-one time was a daily ritual at the Academy, with professors as well as students and even Alumni. I felt that I was challenged on a daily basis, but also treated as an equal and an adult. Years after the Academy I had the opportunity to keep in touch with many of the staff members and even have a studio in the same building as a few of them. One’s opportunities are endless with talent, genuine hard work and just the right amount of passion."  

Tracee Badway, Multimedia Fine Artist

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