ACA Artist Success Stories

Posted on 27 March 2015

The Inspiration Behind ACA

A few years ago, as I sat in a large awards ceremony showcasing businesses and their success, I realized that artists also need to be recognized for what they do and their commitment and dedication to the visual arts.  I also wanted to let them know how meaningful and important their work is to so many people.  My idea was to create a “one of a kind” event to celebrate art and artists – to connect them with art buyers, galleries, publishers, the media and many people who can help their careers flourish.   An event that was impactful and truly made a difference in their lives.

So, at that very moment, ACA, Art Comes Alive was born. And I’m very proud to say that ACA has grown from $65,000 in awards in 2012 to over $175,000 this year.  Take a look at what the artists have to say.  It’s all so very exciting!  


Jeannine Dostal, Mixed Media Artist

Jeannine Dostal Artist Success Story | ACA Art Comes Alive

"Being a part of ADC’s Art Comes Alive 2014 was an incredible experience for me on so many levels.

Winning Emerging Female Artist of the Year was thrilling and it gave me clarity and the courage to self-promote and to create and sell more art!! Because of ADC and ACA I have had an extremely successful year with opportunities far beyond my wildest expectations.

With ACA 2015 fast approaching I highly recommend my fellow artists to submit their work and be part of ACA in any way they can!"


Bonita Williams Goldberg, Painter

Bonita Williams Goldberg Artist Success Story | ACA Art Comes Alive Testimonial

“Not only was I fortunate enough to be accepted into the show, I received a purchase award! This experience was definitely 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!”


Jack Hillman, Sculptor

Jack Hillman Artist Success Story | ACA Art Comes Alive Testimonial

“I’ve been thinking a lot about the Art Comes Alive show and how much it meant to my career growth. I was elated to win a gallery contract with Sylvia Rombis’ amazing Malton Gallery! The ACA awards show was of the highest quality and it gave me confidence, credibility, and momentum as I approached new galleries. In just one and a half weeks I had four new galleries express interest in carrying my work! Your energetic promotion of all things artistic is fantastic. I’ve been an extremely busy artist since the show, so THANK YOU!”


Suzanne Fisher, Assemblage Artist

Suzanne Fisher Artist Success Story | ACA Art Comes Alive Testimonial

“I was absolutely THRILLED to get a gallery contract award at last spring’s ACA exhibition. And even better, it was a gallery contract with a gallery in Naples, Florida, 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.

And to top it all off, the owner, Mary Lou Chronister, called me on my way back to Cincinnati from dropping off the artwork to tell me that she had already sold two of the pieces! Unbelievable! I really couldn’t ask for more than that.

All of this happened because of the ACA!”


Jan Wagstaff, Painter

Jan Wagstaff Artist Success Story | ACA Art Comes Alive Testimonial

“Art Design Consultants has created a one-of-a-kind event with Art Comes Alive. It’s truly unique opportunity for artists to display their work and been recognized on a national level by leaders in the art industry. This exciting and inclusive format culminates in a fabulous evening event!

I was delighted to be selected as a top 150 artist and to exhibit a painting in the 2014 ACA show! Because of this, I was connected with a gallery in Cincinnati as well as an art consultant in Southern California. Both of these new venues have created unparalleled opportunities for me to sell my painting and to be viewed by a national audience! Thank you so much – I look forward to the 2015 ACA exhibition."


J Douglas, Painter

J Douglas Artist Success Story | ACA Art Comes Alive Testimonial

“I drove to the ACA show from Virginia. I was nervous because I really didn’t know what to expect. I rode up the elevator and overheard a man talk about how he had designed the gallery (only to find out later that he had BOUGHT my painting.) I then met Litsa and her warm staff. I was overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of art. I was so proud to be a part of this amazing show. From the moment I walked through the front door until the end of the evening my excitement continued to rise. I can’t wait to be a part of this show every year!”


ACA Entry Tip #2

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. (Did you miss Tip #1? Check it out here!)



If you have any questions regarding Art Comes Alive or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact Elizabeth Davis, Art Design Consultants’ Gallery Director, by email or phone 513-723-1222.  

Now in it's fifth year, ACA has helped hundreds of artists, who work in all types of mediums, become established, successful artists. Let ACA do the same for you!


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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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