What is ART COMES ALIVE?
ACA is an art competition and regional exhibit open to North American artists working in any medium or style, hosted by ADC, Art Design Consultants. The main objective of the exhibit is to award artists for their exceptional work, connect them with the appropriate people in the art business for networking opportunities, and find new artwork in all mediums and subjects to showcase and ultimately sell.
When is the competition deadline?
The deadline is Sunday, June 12, 2016
When will I be notified if I’m accepted? / When will the winners be announced?
ALL artists will be notified of the jury results Friday, June 24th. Winners of awards (other than purchase awards decided by sponsors the week of July 18th prior to the Opening Night Awards Ceremony) will be notified Friday, July 1st as well. Winner will not be told what specific award(s) they will be receiving Opening Night, but that they will be winning an award as to make travel arrangements.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, you must be 18 or older to enter
How do I apply?
Enter HERE! Fill out the brief online application, upload images, submit your entry & complete payment. It’s quick and easy.
Is there a size limit for the artwork we enter?
Yes. Two-dimensional artwork must be no larger than 48″ x 60″ and three-dimensional and/or sculptural artwork may be no larger than 72″H x 24″L x 24″W.
No, we will only accept major credit cards (through the on-line system) or by check in the mail. Checks are payable to:
Art Design Consultants, Inc.
310 Culvert St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Aside from the entry fee for the contest, will there be additional charges?
If the artist is selected for the exhibition, he/she will be responsible for all shipping or delivery charges to and from Art Design Consultants gallery. If your work is one of the 150 selected artists, you will receive a complimentary ticket for yourself. If you choose to bring a guest(s) to the opening night/awards ceremony, there is a $55 per guest ticket. Guests can RSVP HERE.
If my work is accepted, how do I get it to the gallery?
You have two options:
1. You can deliver your artwork
2. You can ship your artwork (the artist is responsible for all shipping/insurance costs for getting work to and from the exhibit)
When must my artwork arrive by?
All artwork must arrive before or on July 8th, 2016 by 5:00 pm. If you are an artist traveling to attend the exhibit, and would prefer to bring the piece with you then, please make arrangements with us so we can designate wall or floor space for late arrival. Notify us by phone 513.723.1222 or email us!
How do I ship my artwork?
Once accepted into the final exhibit, it is the artist’s responsibility to ship their artwork to and from the Art Design Consultants’ gallery in Cincinnati, OH. All packaging materials will be cataloged and saved for return shipping.
Is my artwork insured by the gallery?
All artwork is insured at the ADC Gallery. HOWEVER, if you would like insurance to cover any potential damages during shipping (to and from) you must specify this with the shipper. ADC will not cover the cost of damages during shipping.
Do I need to create a return shipping label?
Yes, a return shipping label must be sent in a manilla envelope marked RETURN SHIPPING LABEL to the ADC Gallery either with the shipment of the artwork or separately via snail mail. A return shipping label can also be emailed digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generating a return label online through UPS & FedEx is credible, safe, and incredibly easy. Or if you go to a FedEx or UPS location just ask them to also provide a return shipping label with your original shipment. Please specify your return shipment to be “Pickup” (If they require a date, please specify Friday, August 5th.) Do not mark return shipping label as “Drop-Off”
If I enter, who will see my artwork?
1. The jurors (gallery owners and arts institutions)
2. ALL artists who enter will be featured on the www.adcfineart.com website, regardless of whether your work is accepted for the exhibit. The images you enter will be featured for one year! This is an “extra bonus” for everyone entering.
If I’m accepted into the exhibit, who will see my artwork?
1. The ACA Jurors & their affiliated companies
2. Gallery Owners
3. Art Representatives
4. Art Publishers
5. Many of ADC’s corporate, healthcare, and residential clients
6. Art Collectors
7. Everyone who views the ADC website and blog. You will also be included in the “ART STORE” section of the ADC website.
8. Everyone who attends the opening night/awards ceremony (250 guests.)
3. All event or exhibit attendees. The exhibit is open from June 20 until July 24 for public viewing.
9. Potential buyers (corporate, private collectors, healthcare and hospitality industries & interior designers)
10. The media
What is a purchase award and how does it work?
A group of corporate sponsors and private collectors commit a specific amount to purchase art. They can use these funds to purchase any number of pieces, as long as the total amount committed is used on the works by the artists in the ACA exhibit.
If my work is selected for a purchase award, how will I receive payment?
You will receive 50% of the price you put on your artwork. We will have the sponsors/buyers select what they want to purchase by May 25. If your work receives a purchase award, you will receive a check during the awards ceremony when your purchase award is announced. If you cannot be present, we will mail you payment the next day. All additional sales made after the opening night/awards ceremony will receive payment within 7 days of purchase.
Can I win more than one award?
Yes. For example if you have created figurative piece out of pastels, you have the opportunity to win Figurative Artist of the Year as well as Pastel Artists of the Year. Similarly, if you enter 2 pieces of artwork and one is abstract while the other is sculpture—you have the chance to win both Abstract Artist of the Year as well as Sculptor of the Year.
What can I expect at the opening night/awards ceremony on Saturday, July 23, 2016?
If your work is one of the 180 pieces selected by the jurors, you will receive one complimentary ticket to the opening/awards ceremony. Any additional guests attending will need to purchase a ticket for $55 here. Tickets will be on a “first come, first served” basis and limited space is available, so RSVP asap.
There will 250 artists, guests, art collectors, sponsors, jurors and the media attending. Artists winning an award will be notified July 1, 2016. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony scheduled for 5:00 pm.
There will also be fabulous food by one of top caterers in Cincinnati, along with an open bar. There will also be an opportunity to meet the sponsors, jurors, and collectors to make important and useful art business connections.
Check out this video from last year’s Opening Night Awards Ceremony!
How much does an opening night awards ceremony ticket cost?
For artists featured in the exhibit the event is free. For guests it is $55.00 a ticket.
How do I RSVP for the opening night awards ceremony?
*Must RSVP by July 18, 2016. Artists and guests must RSVP to the event separately.
Do I have to be present to win?
No, we will notify you by email if you are an award recipient. Although we urge you to attend the exciting opening night awards ceremony, it’s your choice to be present or not.