Top 5 Tips for Successful Entry into Art Comes Alive – Art Design Consultants


Top 5 Tips for Successful Entry into Art Comes Alive

Posted on 16 July 2018

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We’re getting so close to the deadline date (August 5th) for entry for this year’s upcoming Art Comes Alive (ACA), and we don’t want you to miss the opportunity to submit your best work for a chance to win up to $300,000 worth of cash awards, gallery contracts, and purchase awards.

We want every single entrant to have the best possible chance to win one of the many awards, and so we’ve pulled together these top 5 tips for successful entry into Art Comes Alive 2018!

Top 5 Tips for Successful Entry into Art Come Alive 

 1. Submit your best work that represents a style and a cohesive body of work.

Make sure the pieces you submit fall within the same medium, the same style, or the same theme. Don’t submit a “range” of your styles and techniques (i.e, don’t submit an abstract painting, a sculpture, and a photo or a painting of a dog, a sketch of a skull, and a piece of jewelry. Each may be wonderful, but together they don’t tell a cohesive story about who you are as an artist). Instead, choose a “collection”—as you would if you were curating an exhibit.

2. Submit as many pieces as you can—preferably 4.

Jurors, especially gallerists, want to see that you are capable of producing several pieces of work. They want to see that you have staying power, or are able to commit to a theme or a style or subject matter. The more you submit, the better your chances of capturing a juror’s attention.

3. Submit the highest quality images of your work.

This is probably the most overlooked, yet important part of your entry into juried award competitions. You need to make sure that your work appears on screen as it does in real life. Check your grayscale and white balance. Are the colors as vibrant on screen as they could be? Are whites as white as they can be? Or are they appearing yellow or gray? Use Photoshop to adjust the images. If you’re not familiar with Photoshop, there are apps available that make photo editing a snap. Check out the free app Pizap to help with your photos.

4. Apply for as many awards as applicable.

Don’t sell yourself short. Submit for as many awards as possible. You have no idea what jurors are looking for. Don’t let self-doubt prevent you from receiving awards that could easily be yours. You will never know if you don’t try. And, when you apply for more awards you show the jurors you’re extremely interested in being a part of ACA. It also shows them you are confident in the work you do, and you’re ready to be acknowledged for it.

We have three specialty awards artists can apply for: 

Lifetime Achievement Award and Emerging Artist Award

Each year we have the unique pleasure of honoring artists who are new to the game and those who have overcome obstacles bot in the pursuit of their passion and dedication to their craft. The Lifetime Achievement Award and The Emerging Artist Award are awarded to a male and female artist and are the most highly recognized awards right after ACA’s Best in Show and Runner-Up. 

ACA Star Student Award

The ACA jurors (who give out awards) are looking for fresh, new talent for their galleries, and we want to give young artists a jump-start on their careers. If you know of students in BFA and MFA programs that would benefit from The Star Student Award, please pass this information along to them.



5. Don’t wait until the last minute.


Without fail each year we get hundreds of submissions pouring in at the last minute. Unfortunately, some people miss the cut-off date completely. In order for our jurors to have enough time to assess and judge the work, we need to abide by the deadlines. Don’t miss an incredible opportunity to win gallery contracts, purchase awards, and even cash—not to mention the prestige and acknowledgment for what you do—because you’re putting off the submission. I promise you the process to submit is easy. We worked hard to make it as painless as possible.

If you have questions or difficulty submitting for any reason, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Tanya at 

What are your waiting for? Go on, you can do it! Enter today to ACA!  I can’t wait to see your work!

Questions about ACA?
Email our Artist Relationship Manager Tanya Bartlett at or call us at 513-723-1222

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  • ADC Fine Art: July 18, 2018

    Hi Gregory!

    Thanks for your message! That’s a great comment. But our art competition and exhibition Art Comes Alive, ACA is much larger than ADC finding new artists to promote and sell – it’s about celebrating all artists working in all subjects and mediums. Our panel of jurors expands across the United States and they are all looking for something different from representational to abstract. Besides our jurors looking for new artists, ACA offers several awards that acknowledge the fine art of watercolors and realist artwork! I hope that helps! You can see all our awards here:

    If you have any other questions, we’re here to help!

    Tanya Bartlett :)
    Relationship Manager

  • gregory degroat: July 18, 2018

    i’m thinking adc is not that interested in realism. i do watercolor cityscapes, and feel that’s not what adc is looking for

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