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I Want to See Your Work!

…and so do a lot of other people!

The build up to this year’s Art Comes Alive is record breaking! We’re thrilled to say we have more JURORS, COLLECTORS, and GALLERIES participating, which means you guessed it – MORE AWARDS!! We are now over $250,000 in awards to artists and still climbing as we approach the June 12th deadline for entries!

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NEW JURORS, NEW AWARDS (Over $150,000 value)

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Valerie will be awarding one artist a gallery contract at her beautiful gallery in flourishing Overland Park, KS.

 

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Gary will be awarding one artist a gallery contract to include in the opening of his second gallery in the bustling city of Atlanta, GA.

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NEW PURCHASE AWARDS (over $60,000 and climbing)

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Cushman and Wakefield They are a leading global real estate service firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop and live. As first time partners to ACA they are excited to select from the nation’s best artistic talent to display in their stunning downtown office space.

Assured Partners NL This will be APNL first year partnering with ACA and is looking forward to all the incredible art they will be able to use at their new offices at the Kenwood Collection

Kuy Plastic Surgery, Inc. They are looking forward to selecting the perfect piece for their newly constructed offices in Hyde Park, Cincinnati.

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CONNECTIONS, CONNECTIONS!

Never underestimate the value of a connection! So many artists that participate in ACA walk away with more than an award. The opening reception attracts art industry leaders from across the nation and is an incredible opportunity for artists to network and make valuable connections!

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“I entered ACA in 2015 and was honored when I was awarded a gallery contract from The Malton Art Gallery.  As an artist from Florida, this was a great opportunity for me and my work to gain exposure in a new art market.  This promotion helped connect me with new cities and contacts!”

–         Larry Forgard


WHAT AWARD WILL YOU WIN? 

We’ve secured incredible opportunities for you, now it’s your turn to put your best pieces forward and win! We can’t wait to see your work!

Deadline to submit work is June 12, 2016 @ Midnight

 

ENTER NOW!!



How Interior Designers Buy Art

Working with artists every day led us to compile a list of frequently asked questions in which artists are eager to find the answers. This is how we developed our amazing agenda and set of speakers for our Success Summit.

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Interior Interior designers are at the forefront of the newest trends and keep their clients on the cutting edge of what is happening.

Designers work in a world of client specifications and customization. They’re looking for that perfect piece of furniture, fabric, accessory and artwork to complete their design and satisfy the client. Often they look for commissioned pieces and that means specific dimensions, color and subject matter.  Interior designers love to know that artists are flexible and easy to work with even before they approach you to talk about a collaboration.

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Keep your art current on your website and on social media channels with your immediately available works, but don’t think that means removing sold works entirely from your website. Get images from projects that purchased your works to include on your website. This not only inspires designers, but offers an overview of your artwork and previous success working with designers. Why is this important? Attend our speaker session “Art and the Interior Designers Who Buy It”

 

SPEAKER SESSION  | ART AND THE INTERIOR DESIGNERS WHO BUY IT

If you’ve ever wondered what type of art designers are buying then this is the perfect session for you!

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In this session, led by Jay Takach you’ll learn what the industry is looking for and how they show and recommend art to their clients.  Jay will give you a “behind the scenes” process of how artwork is selected and what type of artwork is specified for residential, commercial and hospitality projects.  You’ll learn about current and future color trends, see beautiful interiors that Jay has designed and much more.  He will also share with you his secrets for creating inviting and inspirational spaces with art and give you tips on what artists can do to assure their work is saleable in the interior design market.

Jay has been working in interior design for almost ten years and is currently with EVOLO Design. He has experience in both residential design and boutique hospitality design and has designed interiors both locally and throughout the country including projects at MGM Grand Casino, Station Casino and several restaurants. His goal is to create a space that reflects his client’s tastes, inspire them and exceed their every expectation

See other exciting Success Summit Sessions HERE


NEW PRICE!

The Success Summit is now $490.00 for a two-day conference packed with personal and professional development sessions on everything you need to know to be successful in today’s art market.

Learn the benefits of attending >>


Get Your Art in Healthcare Environments

Working with artists every day led us to compile a list of frequently asked questions in which artists are eager to find the answers. This is how we developed our amazing agenda and set of speakers for our Success Summit. So what are the questions you wonder?

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What are healthcare facilities looking for in an artist and how do I get my artwork considered for hospital projects?

It’s not new news, but as more studies surface about the benefits of artwork in healthcare facilities like how artwork reduces patient stress and anxiety, and increases staff satisfaction and retention, prestigious institutions around the nation are increasing their budgets to include artwork to promote happiness and healing.

Recently completing one of the largest installations of artwork in a Cincinnati area hospital, we have a incredible duo who will be tag-teaming to answer the much anticipated question.

SPEAKER SESSION  |  ART AND WELLNESS: THE IMPORTANCE OF ART IN HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTS

In this session, Pam Irvin and Julia Schenk will give you answers to all these questions and lead a detailed discussion of why Art and Wellness is an important issue for healthcare facilities. You’ll also take away valuable information on how to promote your work, discover what potential clients are looking for, how they budget for art and how timing is critical in the overall process.  She will give you insider information on the critical role she played in placing over 300 original paintings, mixed media works, sculptures and drawings into one of the larges hospitals in the country – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

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Pam Irvin EDAC, LEED AP ID+C, M.S., NCIDQ, is a skilled, creative professional with business acumen demonstrated through her expertise in evidence-based and sustainable practices, experiential design and branded environments. Currently working at BHDP Architecture as a senior interior designer, Pam brings knowledge of all aspects of design in workplace, healthcare, higher education and retail environments to her projects. Having managed her own practice, Pam approaches her work with an entrepreneurial spirit and client-centric attitude. She is passionate about all things related to art and design and applies this interest when engaging her community and in the roles she has served.

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Julia Schenk, BS Decisions Sciences, has been with Cincinnati Children’s for 11 years.  Julia began her career coordinating outpatient clinical operations and has since moved into a space and occupancy planning position within Design, Construction and Space Management.  Her current role of space and occupancy planner involves planning builds for and renovation of outpatient clinic and office settings, with art serving an integral part of the creation and renovation of space.  Julia believes that art plays a vital role in the health and well-being of a child and his/her family – whether the child is part of the art making process, an appreciator of the art, or both.  Furthermore, Julia knows that art is inspirational and motivational for a company’s employees, and especially in a hospital setting, as art serves as an uplifting reminder of why they work there.

By understanding the process of how healthcare occupancy planners and interior designers select artwork for hospitals, outpatient centers, and treatment facilities you’ll increase your business savvy and competitive advantage to be considered for projects and sell more art!

See other exciting Success Summit Sessions HERE


NEW PRICE!

The Success Summit is now $490.00 for a two-day conference packed with personal and professional development sessions on everything you need to know to be successful in today’s art market.

Learn the benefits of attending >>


The Perfect Price for Your Art

Working with artists every day led us to compile a list of frequently asked questions in which artists are eager to find the answers. This is how we developed our amazing agenda and set of speakers for our Success Summit. So what are the questions you wonder?

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Pricing is something that varies greatly with art and artists, and everyone you ask will have a rule of thumb.  Let’s be real, pricing your work directly effects your independence as an artist.  There are many things to consider when pricing artwork, some you likely know, but others you never would have thought of.

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Learn how to perfectly price your piece so that you maintain an attractive price point for buyers, but also make what you need from the sale.

Art is a business, and you deserve to be paid properly for your skills.  Be confident, price accordingly!  Be bold, put your prices out there!  Be inspired, get a sale!  But first, you must be able to justify why you price in the way you do.  Is your artwork extremely detailed and time consuming to produce, or is it a product of passion that you created in a frenzy?  Details such as those can heavily effect how you and a gallery may price your work.

Success Summit Session  |  Pricing 101: From Emerging to Established Artists

Every artist has questions about pricing, it’s sensitive, cutthroat, objective, and full of opinions, and that is exactly why it is crucial for you attend this session with one of the biggest names in the industry.

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There is no better person to lead this session than Eric Smith.  Eric has been immersed as an art professional for decades.  In the 90’s he ran twenty galleries at one time, today he runs major expo’s like Artexpo New York and SPECTRUM Miami, which is merely one of his responsibilities. When talking about pricing artwork, Eric has seen it all, he has ran the gambit multiple times and will be able to offer valuable insights toward pricing your work. Eric’s current role as CEO of Artexpo New York, one of the largest art expos in the world as well as Spectrum Miami and Art Santa Fe. He is a leading expert on the art market today, and one of the biggest names out there.

Few people are true art-insiders like Eric. Come take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Smith in person and gain his valuable knowledge on pricing and how to propel yourself into a successful and independent artist who will have galleries knocking at the door.

Every artist has questions about pricing, it’s sensitive, cutthroat, objective, and full of opinions, and that is exactly why it is crucial for you attend this session with one of the biggest names in the industry.

See other exciting Success Summit Sessions HERE


NEW PRICE!

The Success Summit is now $490.00 for a two-day conference packed with personal and professional development sessions on everything you need to know to be successful in today’s art market.

Learn the benefits of attending >>