It’s that time of year again…time to recognize artists for their dedication, perseverance and passion for fine art, and of course award them for their amazing talent and artistic innovation!
If you’re not familiar, Art Comes Alive (ACA) is an annual, juried arts competition open to artists working in any medium and style. Artists can enter up to four images of their work online. After all the submissions are in, our list of prestigious Jurors from all around the country cast their votes for the top 150 artists. Those artists are then showcased in a final exhibit here in Cincinnati and awarded purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts, solos shows, publicity, and good ol’ fashion mula.
Artists, be acknowledged for your talent, gain industry exposure, and win awards and gallery contracts!
“I was absolutely THRILLED to get a gallery contract award at last spring’s ACA exhibition. And even better, it was a contract with a gallery in Naples, Florida, called Gallery One. I had wanted to break into the Florida art market, and here I had won a contract to do exactly that! Wow, I couldn’t believe it.”
– Suzanne Fisher, Artist
Art Comes Alive is a fantastic way to connect with art industry leaders. Not to mention, the Opening Night Awards Ceremony is an absolute blast- beautiful people, delicious food, a wonderful awards ceremony, and (obviously!) fantastic artwork from all over the nation in variety of styles!
“Not only was I fortunate enough to be accepted into the show, I received a purchase award! This experience was definitley one of the most exciting in my life; it not only boosted my career but gave me confidence in my creativity.
ACA is like the Academy Awards for visual artists!”
- Bonita Williams Goldberg, Artist
“Graydon Head sponsors dozens of events each year in the Cincinnati community, but ACA has to be one of our favorites. Where else can you support great artists, be part of an awe-inspiring event, and take home beautiful art that you have chosen? Truly, I can’t think of a better way to invest our resources!”
- Paul Darwish, Graydon Head
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Open for Entries
May 1 @ Midnight
All artwork selected for the exhibit must
arrive to ADC Gallery by 5:00 PM
Opening Night Awards Ceremony & Gala
Our list of Sponsors, Jurors, and Awards continue to grow so be sure to stay tuned for exciting announcements. Want to stay in the loop? LIKE us on Facebook to get updates on the event and allow us to bring beauty to your newsfeed.
This is the fourth day and counting for snow and bitter cold in Cincinnati and we’re having flashbacks to last year’s polar vortex that inspired our Brrrr-illiant Blues blog. The phrase “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” is ringing in our ears and in that same spirit here is our effort to embrace this blizzard and celebrate the white wonderland that has blanketed our city!
First things first – white is never boring or simple! It’s a very dramatic color that keeps the space clean and refreshing, and just like the ground-covering first snow it will inspire and awe!
When going with an all-white room, remember texture is key! Think about using woven fabrics on furniture and over-sized pillows. Mixed media art is a great way to bring texture onto the walls! This adds movement and warmth to the room.
Photographs are another great resource to add visual texture without breaking any dimensional lines. This keeps the room feeling super modern and sleek.
Select a white artwork with prominent pops of color and use this as your accent color throughout the room in throw pillows, vases and flowers, and other accessories. The great thing about having a predominantly white color palette is it allows you the ability to update your room inexpensively. You can quickly freshen up a room by selecting another color in the artwork and swaping out the room’s accessories.
White has a wonderful way of allowing for and accommodating any style. Based on the lines and layout of your design and the style of artwork you choose, your alluring white space can be contemporary or traditional, cottage, country, or urban chic.
Valentine’s Day is a day for love and rekindling passion, so how did all those fluffy bears and candy shaped hearts find their way into this special day? This year, forgo the expendable items and give your someone special a meaningful gift that lasts a lifetime – ART! Just like true love, art has no shelf life and will be adored and valued for years into the future.
Paintings and photographs of flowers are better than store bought bouquets any day, because you can have fresh, elegant flowers that brighten your space year round! So surprise your sweetie with a portrait of a flower for V Day!
Bonita William’s intimate portrait of a red rose encapsulates why this flower reigns as the supreme symbol of passionate affection, and will definitely add heat to any space.
Orchids are another flower associated with love. Sarah Margaret Gibson brings softness and sensuality to the room with her delicate depiction of this sculptural beauty.
Keep it simple AND sweet! The simplicity of an endearing embrace sealed with a kiss is all one could really ask for on Valentine’s Day, so capture this moment with a piece of art. Every time you and your love look at it you’ll be reminded of how much you mean to one another.
Reminiscent of Klimt’s kiss, Larry Forgard’s work is a great way to tastefully showcase passion in an everyday space like a living room.
For those of you who are fans of Rodin’s The Kiss, or perhaps Brâncuși’s version, Mark Yale Harris’ piece is the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary. Both strength and sweetness are represented in his sleek design.
Art can instantly add a fiery heat or a soft sweetness to any space – either way make this Valentine’s Day count with an everlasting work of art.