Academy of the ArtsJimmy McGowan is the art coordinator for the Academy of the Arts. He is a state-certified visual arts teacher with experience in the Shelby County School system and currently Mountain Brook City Schools. A native of Birmingham Alabama, McGowan graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in art studio, minor in art history, and a masters in art education. He received his management training certificate in bank operations. McGowan is the founder and director of Big Art Camp and a member of the Alabama Art Education Association and National Art Education Association. He is married with two daughters and is an active member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.