Top Ten Reasons to Enter ACA 2016

Posted on 06 May 2016

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The top 10 reasons artists should ENTER Art Comes Alive 2016 are…

10. Publicity Just for Entering

Artists often hesitate entering competitions like ACA because of the uncertainty their work will make it to the final exhibit. But, ACA is different. Every artist that enters work will be publicized for a full year by the host, Art Design Consultants. Your work will be showcased on their website, blog, and email blasts to over 50,000 contacts.

ADC, Art Design Consultants online art store

9. Reach Your TARGET Audience

Our jurors represent a variety of art industries from galleries, art publishing, art consulting to art shows. They work on a broad range of projects, from hospitality, healthcare, and corporate to residential clients and private collectors. If you feel your artwork falls into a certain “niche,” ACA has got it covered.

San Felipe corporate art installation

8. Category Awards

There is nothing comparable to the pride you feel when you are awarded the artist of the year in your medium or subject. The check in your name doesn’t hurt either!
Glass making process

7. Networking

This is an amazing opportunity to meet the most prestigious names in the art business. Not only are our jurors and sponsors looking forward to meeting you, they want to see & sell your work! Building mutually beneficial relationships can make a long lasting impact on your career.

Litsa Spanos, President and Owner of ADC networking ©Kate Messer Photography 2014

6. Purchase Awards

ACA’s partnerships are money put toward buying the work showcased in the final exhibit. Sponsors = promised sales! We have over $70,000 in Purchase Awards this year (aka over $70,000 in guaranteed sales.)

ACA Art Comes Alive artist award ribbons

5. Special Awards

Unique awards are often the best awards to receive. Want a solo booth at the 2016 Art San Diego show, how about the 2017 Art Santa Fe show? You'll definintely want to enter for a chance at a solo booth at the 2017 Artexpo New York show, the king of art expos. Want a full-page in the 2017 Blink Art Resource catalog? Yeah, we would would too!

Art Comes Alive specialty Awards


student award image In addition to the four gallery contracts Art Design Consultants will be giving away, one lucky student will receive a gallery contract and mentorship session with Litsa Spanos, owner of ADC and publisher of Blink Art Resource!


4. Awards of Honor

Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Artist of the Year, Best of Show and Runner Up are the highest honor to receive as an artist. Isn’t it time you were recognized for your hard work & talent?

Litsa Spanos © Kate Messer Photography 2014

3. Gallery Contracts

This year we are awarding 13 gallery contract awards with galleries from all over the country. These awards can help kick-start or expand your career as an artist. A gallery contract lasts beyond the closing of the exhibition, giving you the chance to sell your work and grow as an artist.

Gallery interior showroom

2. You Can Win Multiple Awards

When you enter, you don’t have to specify what awards you are interested in winning. We don’t like to allow artists to pigeon hole themselves. ACA artists can win multiple awards! Want to win a purchase award, category award, AND a gallery contract? You just may leave the exhibit feeling like Adele. ACA makes that possible!

ACA Art Comes Alive artist awards and ribbons

And the number one reason artists should enter Art Comes Alive 2016 is…


The ultimate goal for any artist is to sell their work. Through this competition- and a combination of the jurors, sponsors, exhibit, awards, and publicity -this is your chance to get your artwork seen! Give people the opportunity to discover your talent by getting your artwork ‘out there’ & noticed through the help of ACA. It only takes one person falling in love with your work to find your art a home.

Earn money selling art

Deadline to enter is June 12th 


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.


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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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