ACA Lifetime Achievement Awards
Each year I have the pleasure of honoring artists who have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the pursuit of their craft. They serve as inspirations, not just to me, but to artists everywhere, because of their unique visions, their dedication to their work despite all of its inherent trials and tribulations, but most importantly because of their generosity of spirit and commitment to the celebration of art. I am delighted to introduce you to our two winners Lifetime Achievement Award.
Randi F. Solin, ACA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Female
Randi Solin’s exquisite glass blown artworks grace not only several residences but have been added to permanent collections in the White House, the Beijing World Trade Center and U.S. embassies throughout the world. Despite her many monumental career achievements, she operates an “open studio” where she educates people of all ages on the process and techniques of glassblowing. Open and generous with her talent and craftsmanship, this artist’s spirit has never wavered in the face of adversity. Having lost her mother at the tender age of 13 and abandoned by her father shortly after, this artist learned the importance of self-discipline, education, and active citizenship while she struggled in poverty to raise herself. She works tirelessly to provide for her children all while tending to her craft and serving on multiple service-oriented boards.
Randi was not only honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award but was voted in the top 2% of all entries and won two Gallery Contract Awards as well as a Purchase Award!
David Terrar, ACA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Male
David Terrar’s art has been added to the prestigious permanent collection of the Biggs Museum of American Art, along with some of the world’s most acclaimed artists—Thomas Cole, Ansel Adams, and N.C. Wyeth, just to name a few. And his pieces have been featured in art magazines and publications, as well as been commissioned by major U.S. hospitals and organizations. A student of the acclaimed artist Thomas Hart Benton, this artist has been dedicated to the craft of visual storytelling for over 50 years. Recently, after surviving a heart attack in his “last hour of life”—he experienced what he observed as the “golden hour,” what we artists refer to the “last hour of light in the day.” Inspired to transmute his experiences into a “golden glow” he uses 23K-gold-leaf and acrylic to create mesmerizing and awe-inspiring paintings that invite us to sit back and wonder at the miracle of both art and life.
David not only received the Lifetime Achievement Award but also received the coveted Nature Artist of the Year Award.
ACA Emerging Artist Award Winners
Besides wanting to celebrate artists and the work you do, I founded this award show as a way to discover new and emerging talent. There is nothing that brings me more pleasure than discovering an artist at the beginning of their career, and then being able to watch them grow and flourish. My hope in giving out this award is to not only celebrate the talents and hard work of two emerging artists but to introduce them to all of you and to welcome them to a fabulous and long career in the art world.
Michael Carini, ACA Emerging Artist Award Winner - Male
Featured in dozens of magazines and publications already, winner of multiple show awards, and commissioned by celebrity, corporate, and private collections, Michael Carini art literally “burst” on the scene when he did. Inspired by his own father’s suicide, his emotional and personal installation “Reign of Upon Sunrise” was featured in a 4-month solo exhibition, and expresses his artistic pursuit which is based on his artistic principle that in order to create, sacrifice is necessary. This artist’s work is just fantastic—an explosion of energy, color, and technique. He has BIG dreams and goals, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Maria D’Souza, ACA Emerging Artist Award Winner - Female
Already enjoyed in private collections in North America, Europe, and the Middle East and celebrated in internationally known exhibitions, Maria D’Souza’s one-of-kind—mind-blowing pieces are inspired by the many cultures and places she has lived in and experienced. Ethnically Portuguese and Indian, she has lived in and studied art in such varied locales such as Goa India, Portugal, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, The Turks and Caicos, and Bahrain. Having made the moved to the U.S. in 2010, she fell in love with the Southwest and the art forms native to the region. Inspired by the wonder of “creation” and the seemingly “random perfection of nature,” this artist brings her unlimited imagination to each piece, imagining the life of the animal and then bringing it to back to “new life” with color and intricate attention to detail. The result is just spectacular. I can’t wait to see what this artist does next.
Maria not only received Emerging Artist of the Year Award but also was voted in as the top 2% of all entries and was recognized as Mixed Media Artist of the Year.