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Call to Artists I Art Comes Alive 2015


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!

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What is ACA?


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.


over $150,000 in awards!


We want your art career to THRIVE!


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


Entangled by Suzanne Fisher

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!

Kate Messer Photography 2014

Paul Darwish, Purchase Award representative of Graydon Head Law, and Bonita Williams Goldberg, artist and recipient of a purchase award!


“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



February 27
Open for Entries

May 1 @ Midnight
Submission Deadline

May 18
Results Announced

June 12
All artwork selected for the exhibit must
arrive to ADC Gallery by 5:00 PM

June 20
Opening Night Awards Ceremony & Gala

July 24
Exhibit Closes


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.

White Out!

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!


Warm up with White

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.

Art by Jeannine Dostal I Art Design Consultants

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Pam Moxely I Art Design Consultants

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Photographs are another great resource to add visual texture without breaking any dimensional lines. This keeps the room feeling super modern and sleek.

Daniel Sroka I Art Design Consultants

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Sidekick Colors

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.

Igor Turvosky I Blink Art Resource

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Cat Tesla I Blink Art Resource

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April Willy I Blink Art Resource

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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.



Art – A Lasting Love!

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.



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Flowers Faux-Real!

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.

Bonita Goldberg Williams I Art Design Consultants

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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.

Sarah Margaret Gibson I Blink Art Resource

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K – I – S – S

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.

Larry Forgard I Blink Art Resource

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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.

Mark Yale Harris I Art Design Consultants

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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.



Upgrading your artwork to ‘supersize’ creates a clean and bold statement within your space. Think back to last week’s blog about decluttering and organizing your space – displaying a large artwork simplifies by creating one focal point. There are so many different perks to going big with your art—whether you are furnishing a small studio apartment, your vaulted ceiling condo, or a huge corporate lobby—large scale art done right can wow a crowd in any of these settings.


Kerri Weller I Blink Art Resource

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Kevin Poole I Art Design Consultants

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Heads Up

Another fantastic use of large art in smaller rooms is to put an original piece where many may put a headboard. The head of the bed it such a focal point to begin by adding artwork we visually extend the bed as a piece of furniture, bringing the eyes and focus upward. A large piece of art can make a bedroom feel like a boudoir. This has the same effect as an accent wall, turning bland into grand.

Robbie Kemper I Art Design Consultants

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Thinking Outside the Box

When you are working with a fairly large space or rooms with high ceilings, at least one large piece of artwork is a must. Smaller works of art can lose their ‘oomph’ and be swallowed up by all the negative space around them. Several small pieces can, of course, create one large visual that fills up the room perfectly. However, this sort of ‘many together makes one’ design principle can create a lovely chaos that can easily be balanced with one large piece—achieving a sort of asymmetric harmony within the space as a whole. Every room needs balance…and large artwork balances the smaller elements of a room brilliantly.

Richard George I Blink Art Resource

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Go Big or Go Home

There’s big, and then there’s huge. Corporate lobbies are often times one giant expanse of space that undoubtedly needs a large statement piece. If original art is used anywhere in a corporate building, the the high-traffic lobby is where it will be most appreciated. Rooms that are super large risk the chance of feeling cold or uncomfortable. This is why design elements are put into place…paint, furniture, architectural details, and art are what turn warehouse bones into an inviting space.

Andrew Levin I Blink Art Resource

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Art by Patrick Williams I Art Design Consultants

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Facilities managers and designers work together to create these beautiful and welcoming environments. In a spaces this large, big artwork is best. This way the aesthetic purpose of art will not go unnoticed or be lost by the sheer size of the space it sits in.Simply put, large art can stand up to large spaces without losing impact…because, as we know, the moral of the story is:  BIG ART = BIG IMPACT!