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The Top 10 Reasons Artists Should Enter ACA 2014

…apart from the $135,000+ in awards and delicious food!

This week we’re taking a page from Letterman’s book of late night television and doing our own version of The Top Ten List. The top 10 reasons artists should enter Art Comes Alive 2014 are…


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 30,000 contacts.



9. Reach Your TARGET Audience

Our jurors 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.



6. Purchase Awards

ACA’s sponsorships are money put toward buying the work showcased in the final exhibit. Sponsors = promised sales! We have over $16,000 in Purchase Awards this year (aka over $16,000 in guaranteed sales.)



5. Special Awards

Unique awards are often the best awards to receive. Want a solo booth at ArtExpo New York? Want to be showcased in Art Business News & Everything is Art Magazine? Want a full-page in Blink Art Resource? Yeah, we thought so.

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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?



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 2014 is…


1. Sales

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.

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Now Over $135,000 in ACA Awards!

The deadline for artists to enter this year’s Art Comes Alive juried art competition and exhibit is April 21… less than 3 weeks away! We’ve got some incredible jurors and awards this year that any fine artist would be crazy to pass up! ENTER NOW!

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Jennifer, founder and publisher of Everything is Art Magazine actually called us after reading about Art Comes Alive online to say, “This is amazing and I want to be a part of it. I would like to award two artist interviews and three page spread in EIA Magazine!” And of course we welcomed Jennifer and EIA magazine with open arms.


Everything is Art Magazine is a print and online magazine that discusses fine art, music, design and fashion. They interview establish as well as up and coming artists, feature unique exhibits and events, and even represent their own artists. Our newest juror, Jennifer with EIA, will be presenting the award worth $3000!

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Litsa Spanos | Awarding 4 Gallery Contracts and 2 Full Pages in Blink Art Resource

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President, ADC, Art Design Consultants, Inc.

Accomplished, award-winning gallery owner and art consultant specializing in corporate, healthcare, hospitality and residential industries, as well as working with private collectors and interior designers.


Sylvia Rombis | Awarding 1 Gallery Contract

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Owner, Malton Gallery
The Malton Gallery has been in business for 37 years and specializes in the best of contemporary fine art and sculpture. Malton Gallery represents over 100 local, regional, national and international artists. Malton Gallery has earned the reputation as one of the premier galleries in the area and was voted best sculpture gallery in the Midwest by Sculpture Magazine.


Roy Saper | Awarding 1 Gallery Contract

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Creator & Owner of Saper Galleries and Custom Framing, East Lansing, MI.

In 2009 Saper was recognized with the Art Business News Gallery Ecvellence Award, the top honor in the US presented to an art gallery for the success of it exhibitions.


Eric Smith | Awarding Artexpo New York SOLO Booth

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Smith’s direction has established Art Expo as the leading fine art trade show, offering industry professionals access to thousands of wholesale works from artists and publishers from around the world. New York Art Expo & Art Expo Fall Chicago gives artists the opportunity to “be discovered” in the largest and liveliest cities in the country!


Meghan Faulkner | Awarding 2 Publishing Contracts

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Creative Director, Studio EL

As the Creative Director for Studio EL, Meghan Faulkner works directly with artists around the globe to produce an infinitely varied and original line of limited edition fine art prints.


Jennifer Vitalia | Awarding 2 Artist Interviews and 3 Full Pages in EIA Magazine

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Founder & Editor, EIA, Everything is Art Magazine


Rick Barnett | Awarding 1 Private Consultation

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Managing Director of Business Development, Redwood Media Group

Owning and operating 6 fine art galleries from 1992 thru 1996, Mr. Barnett developed extensive retail expertise in the field of Fine Art. As Senior Vice President of Retail Development for Media Arts Group Inc. from 1996-2004, he designed and developed a chain of 400+ galleries, working with gallery owners and licensing partners around the globe.


Patricia Beggs | Awarding 3 Cincinnati Opera Solo Exhibits

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CEO, Cincinnati Opera

Avid art collector and supporter of the arts Exhibits artists at the Cincinnati Opera Gallery since 2002.


Jeff Hood | Awarding 1 Gallery Contract

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Owner, The District Gallery

Jeff & Denise Hood are the owners of The District Gallery & Framery in Knoxville, TN. Together they have installed artwork and framing from Key West to Canada. The Hood duo believes every handcrafted item has a story to tell, a story that bridges the gap between artist and patron.


Joanne Chappell | Awarding 2 Publishing Contracts

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CEO, Editions Limited (California)

Editions Limited West’s business focus changed from retail and corporate art sales to wholesale publishing and marketing of exclusive posters. Editions Limited was one of the first fine art wholesale publishers in the industry and remains one of the largest in the US to this day.


Veronique Hammons | Awarding 1 Gallery Contract

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Owner, Gallery Veronique

Veronique specializes in providing contemporary Artwork to discriminating private and corporate clientele.


Kate Maass | Awarding 2 Publishing Contracts

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Art Director, Grand Image

Kate Maass is celebrating her eighth year as the Art Director at Grand Image in Seattle Washington. With 25 years of experience in the art industry, Kate has an in depth first-hand knowledge of how and why art gets created, published, purchased and placed.


MaryLou Chronister | Awarding 2 Gallery Contracts

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Owner, Gallery One

MaryLou owns Gallery One in Naples, FL located on the beautiful tourist strip, Fifth Avenue South.


Marta Hewett | Awarding 1 Gallery Contract

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Owner, Marta Hewett Gallery

The Marta Hewett Gallery was opened and was the first commercial art gallery to locate in the Over-the-Rhine area of downtown Cincinnati. The gallery exhibits contemporary art in a variety of media by artists from around the world.


Matt Distel | Awarding 1 2015 CSA Artist

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Director, Carnegie Arts Center

Distel brings a broad range of experience to the position, with a background that includes time at the Contemporary Arts Center and time as director of Country Club, a contemporary art gallery with locations in Cincinnati and Los Angeles. He was also recently named adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.


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Art Consultant and Co-Owner, Artrageous!

Barbara is a corporate art consultant in San Diego, and co-owner of Artrageous!, an art and framing company established in 1981. With three decades of hands on experience with corporate clients, Barbara develops corporate art programs for a cross section of businesses in the fields of healthcare, hospitality, banking and finance, law, education, biotechnology, telecommunications, and commercial real estate.


Charlene Ventura & Carmen Politis | Awarding 3 Solo Shows

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Charlene Ventura, President & CEO, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

President & CEO of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, established the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery in 1992 in recognition of women’s historical exclusion from the art world. She is a passionate supporter of the arts, and especially women artists, overseeing the only gallery in Greater Cincinnati dedicated exclusively to women’s artwork. The gallery provides a space for art exhibitions by women, thus enhancing their visibility and ability to succeed.

Carmen Politis, Chair, YWCA Women’s Art Gallery

Chair of the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery Committee, Carmen co-curates exhibits, visits artist and selects candidates for future shows. The gallery has been noted as a community gem under Carmen’s leadership, and is regularly featured in media. Both seasoned and emerging women artists of diverse backgrounds are showcased.

Designer Spotlight

Sure, we keep telling you that 10,000 design professionals receive Blink annually, and the online catalog is available to over 50,000 art specifiers, but what kinds of people is this list really compiled of?

Today, we spotlight 5 of these designers and what it is they really do…


KNA Design | Residential & Hospitality

Complementing KNA’s award-winning design talent is sound technical expertise, as well as a practical approach to project management. During each phase of the project, from initial concept, through design development, to final installation, KNA seeks to distinguish their work through rigorous attention to detail, high standards and meticulous follow-through.

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Employing the highest standard of excellence and quality, KNA provides an extensive selection of professional services including:

  • Interior Architecture & Design
  • Program Development
  • Master Planning
  • Dedicated Project Management
  • Sub-Contractor Negotiations / Management
  • Peer Review / Assessment
  • Custom Furniture, Light fixture, Textile and Carpet Design
  • Art & Artifact Selection
  • FF&E and Art / Artifact Design
  • Restaurant & Hotel Wardrobe / Costume Design
  • Interior Perspectives
  • Tableware and Amenity Selection / Design
  • Procurement
  • Site Verification

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Valerie Pasquiou | Residential & Commercial Design

Undeniably modern yet able to blend different world cultures with a variety of historic periods, Valerie Pasquiou’s designs are refreshingly unique and consistently timeless. And though HOUSE & GARDEN named her one of ‘The 100 Best Designer in the U.S.’, Valerie is humble about her highly sought after signature style… as if it were formed out of necessity.


“Ask someone what they remember seeing at a store, restaurant, or office they’ll probably mention the biggest, the brightest, or the loudest things. Personality and essence are expressed in physical surroundings and have the power to entertain, educate and entice.”

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Perkins+Will | Public, Healthcare, Commercial & Hospitality Design

Perkins+Will was founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives – in commerce, culture and communities. By gaining a holistic view of their clients’ vision, needs and context, and adding creativity and innovation, P+W’s work solves complex problems and transforms their clients’ businesses and missions, often helping to make them leaders in their fields. They believe that great design has the power to do this.
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Working with all types of businesses and institutions, the Perkins+Will design team engages and immerses themselves in each client’s culture, mission, values and objectives. They blend intensive research, planning and design to create environments that meet strategic business objectives and support people while they work, learn, live and heal.



Tom Stringer Design Partners | Residential & Commercial Design

Reflecting its founder’s spirited personality and love of adventure, Tom Stringer Design Partners creativity is simultaneously rooted in the classics while offering clients a multi-layered and modern approach to color, texture and personal interests.


With the same energy that motivates his own love of travel and collecting, Tom and his creative team incorporate their clients’ passions into their design schemes—creating a kind of relaxed glamour that’s both deeply personal and truly unique.


House Beautiful magazine repeatedly names Tom Stringer Design Partners to its list of the nation’s top interior design firms and the studio’s work has been featured in many publications, including Elle Décor, Traditional Home, Luxe and CS Interiors.

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David Micheal Miller Associates | Residential Design

David has been practicing interior design for over twenty-five years, establishing himself in the Southwest after completing his interior design training in Chicago, Illinois.
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Founded in 1989, David Michael Miller Associates began as, and continues to be today, a boutique residential interior design studio, renowned for creating interiors that are rich, understated and aesthetically enduring.

“When you enter the home you’re immediately aware of a sense of calm, restful luxury.”

- House Beautiful Magazine


“As with all Miller interiors, the design for the home recedes into simple elegance while remaining provocative and evocative: this is the David Michael Miller paradox.”

-Design & Architecture Magazine


Why Blink Works & All the Perks

I have to be honest; the idea of creating an art resource guide came to me because of sheer necessity. I was awarded a large corporate project requiring a variety of original works. I needed to find great artists and put together a presentation in less than a week. Sure, there were thousands of artists on-line as well as many around me, but the thought of searching for professional artists and then narrowing them down was daunting. In reality, this meant a lot of time wasted sitting at my computer and becoming overwhelmed by too many options. I had to get exciting ideas and make a great impression on my client fast…

If only I had an inspiring art catalogue with everything I needed from paintings to site-specific sculpture at my fingertips…

And because of this frustration, BLINK was born.

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The design and art consulting industry is a high stress and time consuming profession. Not only do designers work on a large range of projects in both style and scale, but they must complete each project on schedule.

Blink Art Resource saves designers time from sourcing artwork from multiple venues, by providing them an annual go-to guide for finding client and/or site specific works of art. From public artwork for a commercial client, to one of kind, high end design elements for residential clients -Blink encompasses it all.

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“My clients don’t want what everyone else has.  Every project we work on has to be unique and special.  As a high-end gallery on the prestigious 5th Avenue in Naples Florida, we work on large scale residential and corporate projects every day.   Blink will give us the opportunity to find artists that we wouldn’t normally know about.   My staff and I are very excited about this catalogue and will use to right away and for years to come.  Thank you to everyone at BLINK for all your effort in creating such an important and needed art resource guide.  Your dedication to our success, along with your support of artists nationally is very much appreciated.”

-Mary Lou Chronister, Owner of Gallery One in Naples FL


The Perks

  • The Blink Catalog is used as an art resource guide to 10,000 design professionals nation-wide
  • Blink’s Online Catalog is used by 50,000+ art specifiers

Looking at Blink Online

  • All featured Blink artists, galleries, and businesses direct contact information is listed alongside their promotion
  • Interactive website, online catalog, and index links directly to your email address & website

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  • Blink Catalogs have a never ending shelf life, and are used year after year as part of a collection for the designers resource library

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  • You receive 1,000 loose prints of your promotional page(s) for personal marketing use as well as your own copy of the Blink Catalog

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  • Blink allows you to sell your current works as well as be commissioned for future projects
  • As the demand for Blink grows, being a part of the inaugural issue guarantees that you will never pay a higher price to be promoted in future issues
  • On a budget? Blink offers monthly payment options with NO interest.


“Now, more than ever, it’s critical for an artist to take charge of their destiny. The days are over where an artist (even the most talented) can just sit back and expect people to come to them.  Having actively promoted and elevated artist’s careers the majority of my life, I see Blink as a new, critical and much needed avenue for every artist wanting to get themselves seen, and to achieve a much higher level of success.  I can absolutely say that I will use this art resource guide myself to find new artists and will recommend it to all the galleries, art consultants and interior designers that I know.  Why wouldn’t they use it…it’s beautiful!”

 -Eric Smith, CEO of Art Expo New York, SPECTRUM Miami, and SOLO and Publisher of ABN, Art Business News Magazine