Tina Engels has been teaching at the American Academy of Art in Chicago since 2000 in the Fine Arts Department and Foundations Department.  Her professional and academic work is focused in the area of painting and life drawing.  Ms. Engels holds a BFA from Boston University where she studied under James Weeks, Isabel McIlvain, Robert D’Arista and an MFA from the University of North Carolina. Additional studies include the International School, Italy. 

In recent years she has worked independently in France and Italy having been awarded various residencies.  A member of the Midwest Paint Group, her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and is held in private collections both nationally and internationally. Engels was a recipient of the Boston University Trustees Scholarship for Study, a Holderness Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship and a was a grant recipient from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for study in education and leadership. Ms. Engels has held teaching positions at numerous universities and private colleges on the East Coast.