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Modern Style for Every Space: High Design + Fine Art

“Modern art is essential to modern life.  It invigorates a room.”

Modern design is a late 19th century style of decor that focuses on minimalism, neutral colors, clean design lines and environmentally-friendly materials and it is back! This modern style breaks with the classical and traditional forms and we’re seeing more of it in residential design, not just sleek office spaces and “hot” new restaurants.

Art Design Consultants is partnering with our Neighbors APG Office Furnishings for an incredible pairing of classic Herman Miller furniture and original fine works of art by our Blink Art Resource Artists.


Art Exhibit Wednesday, May 25 – Friday, July 8


More and more office spaces are moving away from the typical, white-walled cubical with the droning buzz of fluorescent lights. Corporations are now heavily considering design and functionality of the workspace. It’s not just corporate giants like Google or already design-minded architecture firms that are adopting a vibrant, engaging workspace, but corporations of all levels and fields.

“By stimulating ideas, promoting feelings of calm, and giving employees something beautiful to look at where they spend the majority of their day, art can truly make a huge difference in employee satisfaction, productivity, and wellbeing.”   –   Forbes

Modern design in the workplace is functional, problem-solving, and exciting! Artwork is a large component of company culture and bringing the brand to life through colors.  Creative environments helps stimulate minds, inspires innovations and increases productivity!

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Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair and Fine Art Photography by Brian Truono

Modern Style for the corporate office

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Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair white and a stunning mixed media abstract by Marlene Sanaye Yamada


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Mirra 2 Chair, Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair white, and an exhilarating non-representational triptych by Pat Zalisko


Click image to see more of Pat Zalisko’s work.


If your work doesn’t have the expansive open floor plan, take the style inside your own office! Artwork and furniture are a great way to personalize the space to make you feel comfortable and confident in your work.  The modern style is minimal and no-fuss making it easier to keep your focus on the task at hand.

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Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman and a mixed media encaustic by Tom Owen

Tom Owen

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While modern styles is rampant in corporate planning and interiors, it’s slowly filtering its way into homes. If the architecture of your home isn’t modern you can still get the look. Get a refined and sophisticated style that’s not stuffy with simple modern furniture that are statement pieces in themselves.  It brings structural simplicity and order into the home and who doesn’t want that?

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Eames Molded Fiberglass Side Chair and a Memorizing piece by Evan Hildebrandt

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click image to see more of Evan Hildebrandt’s work.

APG Office Furnishings and Art Design Consutlants invite you to a Happy Hour at ADC’s “Gallery in the Sky”.

Hot, trending and wow-worthy designs are right in Cincinnati. New York, Chicago, Miami, LA – nah, why go there when we have your style here?

This can’t miss opening is a designer’s dream with art in all styles and mediums showcasing the season’s “now” colors and designs paired with Herman Miller furniture. Designers, see what we’ve created for your next design.

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Top Ten Reasons to Enter ACA 2016

…apart from the $250,000+ in awards and amazing networking!

 The top 10 reasons artists should enter Art Comes Alive 2016 are…

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10. Publicity Just for Entering

Artists often hesitate entering competitions like ACA because of the uncertainty their work will make it to the final exhibit. But, ACA is different. Every artist that enters work will be publicized for a full year by the host, Art Design Consultants. Your work will be showcased on their website, blog, and email blasts to over 50,000 contacts.

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9. Reach Your TARGET Audience

Our jurors represent a variety of art industries from galleries, art publishing, art consulting to art shows. They work on a broad range of projects, from hospitality, healthcare, and corporate to residential clients and private collectors. If you feel your artwork falls into a certain “niche,” ACA has got it covered.

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8. Category Awards

There is nothing comparable to the pride you feel when you are awarded the artist of the year in your medium or subject. The check in your name doesn’t hurt either!


7. Networking

This is an amazing opportunity to meet the most prestigious names in the art business. Not only are our jurors and sponsors looking forward to meeting you, they want to see & sell your work! Building mutually beneficial relationships can make a long lasting impact on your career.

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6. Purchase Awards

ACA’s partnerships are money put toward buying the work showcased in the final exhibit. Sponsors = promised sales! We have over $70,000 in Purchase Awards this year (aka over $70,000 in guaranteed sales.)


5. Special Awards

Unique awards are often the best awards to receive. Want a solo booth at the 2016 Art San Diego show, how about the 2017 Art Santa Fe show? You’ll definintely want to enter for a chance at a solo booth at the 2017 Artexpo New York show, the king of art expos. Want a full-page in the 2017 Blink Art Resource catalog? Yeah, we would would too!

Art Comes Alive specialty Awards


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In addition to the four gallery contracts Art Design Consultants will be giving away, one lucky student will receive a gallery contract and mentorship session with Litsa Spanos, owner of ADC and publisher of Blink Art Resource!

4. Awards of Honor

Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Artist of the Year, Best of Show and Runner Up are the highest honor to receive as an artist. Isn’t it time you were recognized for your hard work & talent?

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3. Gallery Contracts

This year we are awarding 13 gallery contract awards with galleries from all over the country. These awards can help kick-start or expand your career as an artist. A gallery contract lasts beyond the closing of the exhibition, giving you the chance to sell your work and grow as an artist.


2. You Can Win Multiple Awards

When you enter, you don’t have to specify what awards you are interested in winning. We don’t like to allow artists to pigeon hole themselves. ACA artists can win multiple awards! Want to win a purchase award, category award, AND a gallery contract? You just may leave the exhibit feeling like Adele. ACA makes that possible!


And the number one reason artists should enter Art Comes Alive 2016 is…


The ultimate goal for any artist is to sell their work. Through this competition- and a combination of the jurors, sponsors, exhibit, awards, and publicity -this is your chance to get your artwork seen! Give people the opportunity to discover your talent by getting your artwork ‘out there’ & noticed through the help of ACA. It only takes one person falling in love with your work to find your art a home.


Deadline to enter is June 12th 


If you have any questions regarding Art Comes Alive or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact Elizabeth Davis, Art Design Consultants’ Gallery Director, by email or phone 513-723-1222.

Which award will you win?



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)


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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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


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



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”



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


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.

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