American Academy of Art

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American Academy of Art
American Academy of Art.jpg
TypePrivate art school
PresidentRichard H. Otto
Academic staff
21+ full time
Location, ,
United States

41°52′38.8″N 87°37′28.5″W / 41.877444°N 87.624583°W / 41.877444; -87.624583Coordinates: 41°52′38.8″N 87°37′28.5″W / 41.877444°N 87.624583°W / 41.877444; -87.624583

The American Academy of Art is a private art school in Chicago, Illinois.[1] It was founded in 1923 for the education of fine and commercial arts students.

The school's Bill L. Parks Gallery is open to the public and features exhibitions of works by students, faculty, visiting arts and works from the Academy's permanent collection.[2]


The American Academy of Art was founded in 1923 by Frank Young and Harry L. Timmins to train students for careers in commercial and fine art.[3]


Enrollment is typically between 400 and 500 students. Eight areas of study are offered for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, all of which require 126 credit hours to graduate. The academy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology.

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  1. ^ "American Academy of Art". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Bill L. Parks Gallery". American Academy of Art. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Academy History". American Academy of Art. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2008.

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