COVID-19 Information





Message from the President, Richard H. Otto



First, I want to congratulate our students for their flexibility in changing from face-to-face to remote instruction due to the Coronavirus.  It was challenging but fortunately with commitment we were able to finish the spring 2020 semester on time.


Secondly, our faculty was outstanding in organizing and recreating their curriculum for delivery remotely.  The Academy’s community was able to complete their course work for the semester and candidates for graduation were successful in completing their requirements.


The Academy will continue to make every effort to ensure a safe environment for students, faculty and staff in order that students can continue their education and earn their Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.


Under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), the Academy received funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide grants to students related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.


We are undergoing difficult and unprecedented times—this will pass as we develop new and innovative ways of delivering instruction in a collaborating effort.  The faculty and staff remain committed to seeing students achieve their creative and artistic goals. 


I look forward to a successful and safe 2020-2021 academic year.





Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report –Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Institutional Report 10.20.20 CARES Act


COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy

Policy Brief and Purpose

The American Academy of Art College places a high priority on the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. In the current pandemic situation, it is paramount that the Academy institutes this temporary policy for students, faculty and staff to follow while on campus. Read more


Please refer to the following websites for the latest COVID-19 information:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) –

Illinois Department of Public Health -

State of Illinois Coronavirus Response –


Academy Workplace/ Campus Coordinator

Please contact Duncan Webb, Academic Dean, and/or Ione Fitzgerald, Vice President, with concerns regarding COVID-19 issues.

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