ACA, Art Comes Alive Recap – Art Design Consultants


ACA, Art Comes Alive Recap

Posted on 29 July 2016

Throughout the exhibit we sold 53 works of art by artists across the nation! We're thrilled for our amazing artists!



Brian Truono, Award Winning ACA Artist

"ACA has given me confidence that my artist career path is a viable way to make a living. It’s a reminder that the art community is thriving and an excellent opportunity to see so many talented artists from around the world."
- Brian Truono, Award Winning ACA Artist 

Chin Yuen, Award Winning ACA Artist

"When I won the Gallery Award with ADC, I was on Cloud nine.  I knew I had made the right decision to attend the event all the way from Canada.  When I heard my name again for the Painter of the Year Award, I felt I was in a dream:  what an honor.  The party that followed was extra super icing on the cake. The energy was palpable and the caliber of the exhibition was excellent. I made precious business connections and met many supportive fellow artists and art lovers."
- Chin Yuen, Award Winning ACA Artist


Wow! What an incredible evening we shared with friends, family and artists! This was a milestone year for Art Comes Alive (ACA), as we held the award ceremony in the School of Creative and Performing Arts' Corbett Theater. This elevated the event and really created an atmosphere deserving of the nickname "The Academy Awards for Artists"!

Litsa Spanos, President of ADC at ACA 2016

The awards competition and exhibit grows in size and caliber each year, the international panel of 22 jurors selected 180 works of art from an extensive pool of over 1500 entered. Works included paintings, sculpture, mixed media, fine craft art and in all styles and subjects!



We celebrated a record year with over $250,000 and 100 awards to artists. Prior to opening night we sold over 44 works of art to our corporate and private Purchase Award Partners with sales continuing to pour in!

Litsa Spanos, President and owner of ADC and Karen Robey, ACA Artist

Litsa Spanos and Karen Robey, ACA Artist, smiling ear to ear as she accepts her second award of the night!

ACA 2016 Artists of the Year

Our "Artists of the Year" stand together to take a quick snapshot. There is so much incredible talent on the stage!

Our goal is to create opportunities for artists of all levels in their career –  from emerging and mid-career to established professionals –  to help them be more successful. Through ACA, we help artists make valuable contacts, gain exposure and sell their work to new corporate and private collectors. Our team works diligently months ahead to guarantee the success of this event. We partner with art dealers, gallery owners, publishers, corporate buyers and private collectors so they can come together from all over the country to present awards to artists.


After the Awards Ceremony, everyone headed back to ADC's "Gallery in the Sky". As they walked the red carpet they were greeted by our amazing photographer Deogracias Lerma who snapped a picture before going upstairs to see the show.

ACA 2016 Red Carpet After Party

ACA 2016 After Party

ACA attendees meeting and mingling, and having a great time over fabulous food and drink. Who wouldn't enjoy themselves surrounded by all that beauty. No matter where you looked there was stunning artwork or sweeping city views!

ACA 2016 Artist and winner, Karen Rolfes

ACA Artist and winner, Karen Rolfes, hanging her award ribbons next to her work!

ADC and Cushman and Wakefield, one of ACA's Presenting Purchase Award Partners, with photographer Brian Truono

ADC and Cushman and Wakefield, one of ACA's Presenting Purchase Award Partners, take a moment to snap a picture with photographer Brian Truono (pictured in the middle). They selected his stunning Cincinnati skyline to be placed in their downtown offices.

Gallery Director, Elizabeth Davis, pictured with artist Kevin Grass

Gallery Director, Elizabeth Davis, pictured with artist Kevin Grass who was the winner of "Best in Show"! A well-deserved award with his incredible photo-realistic, allegorical painting!



To all of our ACA Artists you are the inspiration and motivation behind this incredible event! Thank you to our Jurors and Partners we wouldn't be able to celebrate our artists to the extent that we do without you! And thank you to our local community, friends and family who came out to support us!

Be sure to find us and like us on Facebook to view photos from the entire night!



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Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.




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