ACA DEADLINE EXTENSION – Art Design Consultants



Posted on 29 April 2013

After receiving several messages from artists creating new works solely for the Art Comes Alive 2013 competition, many of whom are considering waiting until next year to enter due to time constraints, we are happy to announce that we have extended the ACA deadline to allow artists this weekend to complete their entries.



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  Sunday, May 5, 2013 at midnight: Deadline for entries Tuesday, May 14, 2013: Results announced (either way) via email *This email announces whether your artwork will be showcased in the final exhibit only, and does not include a list of the award winners Week of May 20-May 24, 2013: Each artist s will be contacted individually letting them know which specific works of art will be showcased in the final exhibit. Friday, May 24, 2013: Award winners notified via email *this does not include Purchase Award Winners Friday, June 14, 2013: All ACA artwork for the final exhibit must be at the ADC Gallery by 5:00 PM Thursday, June 20, 2013: VIP Pre-Exhibit Open House for ADC clients Saturday, June 22, 2013: Art Comes Alive 2013 Opening Night Awards Ceremony Friday, July 26, 2013: ACA 2013 Final Exhibit Closes Week of July 29-August 2, 2013: ADC will box up and ship back any artwork that did not sell, back to artist  


Here are a few tips & suggestions...   Tip #1: Better Quality Image, Better Understanding of Your Work Quality photographs of your work go a long way. The higher the resolution your images are, the better your chances of being well received by the Jurors. Beautiful details in works of art are often lost in poor quality photographs, and these details are studied & appreciated by the ACA jurors. Try to photograph your work with a decent camera, and good lighting so that the colors in the image are as true to life as possible.   [caption id="attachment_4624" align="alignnone" width="639"]Studio Arts open house Painting pictured by artist, Nick Stamas[/caption]     Tip #2: Galleries Look for a Cohesive Body of Work Entering more than one piece of artwork into ACA can greatly increase your chances of appealing to the Jurors. Gallery owners love to discover artists with a cohesive look, and a unified body of work. Art consultants rely on attaining more artwork stylized in a similar technique to the first they see. When a gallery sells your work, they like to know they have an inventory with a cohesive "personality" to pull from as necessary. Just as art enthusiasts know a Van Gogh from a Picasso, artist's representatives & their clients want to know your work when they see it.   [caption id="attachment_4636" align="aligncenter" width="680"]Robert Kelly Cohesive Sculptures by Robert Kelly[/caption]   Tip #3: Showcasing Dimensional Works During the entry process, each entrant is allowed five uploads (max of four images and the fifth for Lifetime Achievement or Emerging Artist Applications at no additional charge). In the past, we've been asked several times how to showcase a work of art from different perspectives without using all four uploads (since it is the same work of art, just from a different vantage point.) This can easily be done from your computer at home using the Paint application by simply pasting two images together, side by side, or one above the other and save as one image to then upload. [caption id="attachment_4639" align="aligncenter" width="420"]48358.223647 Sculpture by James Campbell[/caption]   Tip #4: Shipping Your Artwork To & From Cincinnati It is the applicants responsibility to ship their artwork to Art Design Consultants in Cincinnati, OH and also provide a return shipping label for the journey home after the exhibit has closed. We highly suggest UPS & FedEx, because they are credible, safe, and make return shipping incredibly easy. Instructions for creating a return shipping label online are below, however if you go to a FedEx or UPS location just ask them to also provide a return shipping label with your original shipment. FedEx: Check the "create a return shipment" box on the online form at the same step you create your original shipment. fed ex shipping UPS: After creating your original shipment online, hit next to review your shipment. Once you approve the shipment, you will come to a confirmation page where you will have the option to "create a return shipment." ups return shipping label

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