Student Activities

Visiting Artists Program

The Academy offers students, faculty and the outside community a series of lectures and demonstrations by visiting artists. We welcome your attendance at these sessions, as well as your suggestion of artists and designers who have specialties appropriate to our curriculum. Please provide these to the Co-curricular Activities Coordinator.

In addition to a lunchtime lecture, many artists agree to stay and provide critiques of student work in the classroom.

Gallery Receptions

The Bill L. Parks Gallery serves as a resource and hub for a wide variety of events involving the Academy and the arts community.

Through the exhibition programming and visiting artist program many different creative communities come together. Receptions are held in the gallery for exhibitions.


Students are also invited to regularly participate in various art-related contests. Information on these contests may be received from the Career Service Office as well as from instructors. Winning such a prize is not only important from the standpoint of your resume, but is also an excellent way to showcase your art in the community and make others aware of your art.

Community Service Activities

The American Academy of Art feels strongly about the value of being good citizens in our city and environs and seeks to promote community service projects. We encourage you to bring to the attention of the Academic Dean partnerships with charities and other groups working to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate.

Other Social Activities

From time to time student activities are scheduled. These have included picnics, faculty/student softball games and a Halloween party and costume contest. These events provide a good opportunity to socialize with your fellow classmates. Information on such activities is posted prominently at the school.