ACA FAQ – Art Design Consultants



Frequently Asked Questions About Art Comes Alive (ACA)


Important Dates

Deadline September 11, 2020
Exhibition Duration January 23, 2021 - March 19, 2021
Results Posted October 16, 2020
Award Winners Notified December 7, 2020
Artwork Arrival 
January 11, 2021
Opening Night
January 23, 2021
ACA Exhibit Closes
March 19, 2021
Artwork Returned
March 22, 2021 - March 26, 2021


Cost to Enter

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What type of artwork is accepted for ACA?

We accept a variety of subject matter including abstract, figurative, conceptual, and everything in between! Accepted media includes:

  • painting
  • photography
  • glass art
  • mixed media
  • digital media
  • sculpture & objects
  • metal & wood (functional & sculptural)
  • one-of-a-kind jewelry
  • printmaking (digital, lithographs, monoprints, etc.)
  • drawings & illustrations
  • video art
  • textile art


How does it work?

Artists can submit up to four images of their work for consideration. Our prestigious jurors from across the country will cast their votes for the top artists who will be showcased in a final exhibit in Cincinnati, OH and awarded purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts, solos shows, publicity, and cash prizes.


Is there an age requirement?

Yes, artists must be 18 or older to enter.


How do I apply?

We host our call on EntryThingy, an easy-to-use call system, where you fill out a brief online application, upload images of your artwork along with their description, submit your entry and complete payment. It’s quick and easy!

If you are having issues with your EntryThingy account while applying for ACA, please contact


Is there a size limit for the artwork I enter?

There is no size limit for the actual jurying process, but just for the final gallery exhibit. 

Please note, you will not be disqualified by submitting a large artwork in your entry. If your work is voted into the final exhibition by our Jurors the gallery cannot accept two-dimensional artworks larger than 48" x 48" (without frame) and three-dimensional and/or sculptural artwork larger than 72" H x 24" L x 24" W. If this is the case, we will work with you to select an appropriate-sized piece for the final show.


What is the file size limit?

Images must be JPEG or PNG file format and the maximum file size is 10.0 MB.


When will I be notified if I’m accepted? When will the winners be announced?

ALL artists will be notified of the jury results by the end of business day October 16th, 2020, and ACCEPTED artists will be notified which artwork is selected for the exhibit. 

AWARD WINNERS will not be told what specific award(s) they will be receiving Opening Night, but that they will be winning an award as to make travel arrangements.

PURCHASE AWARD WINNERS will not be determined by ACA sponsors until the week of Opening Night.


Can I send the entry form fee in cash?

No, we will only accept major credit cards (through the online system) or by check in the mail. Checks are payable to:

Art Design Consultants, Inc. | 2124 Madison Road | Cincinnati, OH  45208


Are students eligible for discounts?

Yes, students and Blink Art members are eligible to receive entry discounts. Please email for more information.


Aside from the entry fee for the contest, will there be additional charges?

If the artist is selected for the exhibition, he/she will be responsible for all shipping or delivery charges to and from Art Design Consultants gallery. If your work is one of the 180 selected artists, you will receive a complimentary ticket for yourself. If you choose to bring a guest(s) to the opening night/awards ceremony, there is a $55 per guest ticket.






Art Comes Alive (ACA) is an annual, fine-art competition and exhibit open to North American artists working in any medium or style, hosted by ADC, Art Design Consultants. The main objective of the exhibit is to award artists for their dedication to their craft and exceptional work, connect them with the appropriate people in the art business for networking opportunities, and find new artwork in all mediums and subjects to showcase and ultimately sell.

ACA is the only art contest of it’s kind awarding over $350,000 in awards to artists.


When is the deadline to enter Art Comes Alive (ACA)?

Deadline to submit artwork: Friday, September 11th, 2020


If I am accepted into the final exhibition when must my artwork arrive by?

Deadline for artwork to arrive at the gallery is Monday, January 11, 2021 by 5:00pm.

If you are an artist traveling to attend the exhibit and would prefer to bring the piece with you then, please make arrangements with us so we can designate wall or floor space for late arrival  - please note this may disqualify you from receiving a purchase award since it is not in the gallery at the time when our partners make the decision. Notify us by phone at (513) 723-1222 or email


Is my artwork insured by the gallery?

All artwork is insured while at the ADC Gallery.

However, if you would like insurance to cover any potential damages during shipping (to and from) you must specify this with the shipper. ADC will not cover the cost of damages during shipping.




If I enter, who will see my artwork?

The jurors (gallery owners, arts institutions, and art industry leaders).

ALL artists who enter will be featured on the website, regardless of whether your work is accepted for the exhibit.  The images you enter will be featured for one year! This is an “extra bonus” for everyone entering.


If I’m accepted into the exhibit, who will see my artwork?

The ACA Jurors and their affiliated companies.

Gallery owners, art representatives, art publishers, art collectors, and interior designers.

The purchase award partners (Corporate and individual collectors).

The attendees of opening night (250+ art buyers, art lovers, and artists).

All event or exhibit attendees for the duration of the exhibit.

Potential buyers (corporate, private collectors, healthcare and hospitality industries & interior designers).

Everyone who views the ADC website.

The media




Can I win more than one award?

Yes! Of course! For example, if you have created a figurative piece out of pastels, you have the opportunity to win Figurative Artist of the Year as well as Pastel Artists of the Year. Similarly, if you enter two pieces of artwork and one is abstract while the other is sculpture—you have the chance to win both Abstract Artist of the Year as well as Sculptor of the Year.


Do I have to be present to win?

No, we will notify you by email if you are an award recipient. Although we urge you to attend the exciting opening night awards ceremony, it’s your choice to be present or not.


What is a purchase award and how does it work?

A group of corporate sponsors and private collectors commit a specific amount to purchase art. They can use these funds to purchase any number of pieces, as long as the total amount committed is used on artworks by the artists in the ACA exhibit.


If my work is selected for a purchase award, how will I receive payment?

You will receive 50% of the price you put on your artwork. We will have the sponsors/buyers select what they want to purchase prior to Opening Night. If your work receives a purchase award, you will receive a check during the awards ceremony when your purchase award is announced. If you cannot be present, we will mail payment the next day. All additional sales made after the opening night/awards ceremony will receive payment within 7 days of purchase.




If my work is accepted, how do I get it to the gallery?

You have two options:

  1. You can deliver your artwork to the gallery by 5:00 PM Monday, January 11, 2021.
  2. OR you can ship your artwork (the artist is responsible for all shipping/insurance costs for getting work to and from the exhibit). To arrive by the deadline of Monday, January 11, 2021 it's advised that you ship the work no later than Monday, January 4, 2021.


How do I ship my artwork?

Once accepted into the final exhibit, it is the artist’s responsibility to ship their artwork to and from the Art Design Consultants’ gallery in Cincinnati, OH. All packaging materials will be cataloged and saved for return shipping.


Do I need to create a return shipping label?

Yes, a return shipping label must be sent in a manila envelope marked RETURN SHIPPING LABEL to the ADC Gallery either with the shipment of the artwork or separately via snail mail. A return shipping label can also be emailed digitally to

Generating a return label online through UPS & FedEx is credible, safe, and incredibly easy. Or if you go to a FedEx or UPS location just ask them to also provide a return shipping label with your original shipment. Please specify your return shipment to be “Pickup”. Do not mark return shipping label as “Drop-Off”.

If a means of return is not provided within thirty (30) days of the closing date of the show artwork will be put into storage and ADC is not liable for any damages.




What can I expect at the opening night/awards ceremony?

If your work is one of the 180 pieces selected by the jurors, you will receive one complimentary ticket to the Opening Night/Awards Ceremony. Any additional guests attending will need to purchase a ticket for $55. Tickets will be on a “first come, first served” basis, so please RSVP.

There will be 250 artists, guests, art collectors, sponsors, jurors, and the media attending.  Artists winning an award will be notified in advance. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony.

There will also be fabulous food by one of the top caterers in Cincinnati, along with an open bar. There will also be an opportunity to meet the sponsors, jurors, and collectors to make important and useful art business connections.


How much does an opening night award ceremony ticket cost?

For artists featured in the exhibit, the event is free. For guests, it is $55 a ticket.


How do I RSVP for the opening night awards ceremony?

Artists and guests must RSVP to the event separately. RSVP by Monday, January 4, 2021.


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