ACA FAQ – Art Design Consultants



Frequently Asked Questions About Art Comes Alive (ACA)


Important Dates

Deadline to Enter Extension Granted! New Deadline to enter is Sunday, August 27th @ 11:59 PM EST. 
Results Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017
VIP Preview of ACA Exhibition

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 4 - 6 p.m. (ADC Gallery, Cincinnati)

$55 per guest, tickets required

Awards Ceremony

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 6:30 - 8 p.m. (SCPA, Cincinnati)

FREE, reservations required.

ACA Opening Night

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:30 - 10 p.m. (ADC Gallery, Cincinnati)

FREE, reservations requested.

ACA Exhibit Closes* Friday, November 10, 2017
*The show has been extended through November 30th. Artworks will be de-installed and returned throughout the month of December. Artists if you need your artwork back sooner than this please contact



Cost to Enter

1st Image $55
2nd Image $25
3rd Image $15
4th Image FREE


Accepted Artwork

ACA is for emerging and professional, working artists. We accept a variety of subject matter including: abstract, figurative, conceptual, and everything in between! Accepted media includes:

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



ACA is an art competition and regional 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 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.


How it Works

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 here in Cincinnati and awarded purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts, solos shows, publicity, and cash prizes.


When is the competition deadline?

Deadline to submit artwork is Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 11:59 PM. 


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

ALL artists will be notified of the jury results Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 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. 


Is there an age requirement?

Yes, artists must be 18 or older to enter. Students are eligible to receive discount entry costs. Please email for more information. 


How do I apply?

Fill out the brief online application, upload images, submit your entry and complete payment. It’s quick and easy! 


Is there a size limit for the artwork we enter?

Yes. Two-dimensional artwork must be no larger than 48 x 60 inch and three-dimensional and/or sculptural artwork may be no larger than 72 H x 24 L x 24 W inch.


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. | 310 Culvert St. Fl. 5 | Cincinnati, OH  45202


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. 


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 Tuesday, September 12th - Friday, September 29th. 
  2. 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 Friday, September 29th it's advised that you ship the work by Monday, September 25th. 


When must my artwork arrive by?

Deadline for artwork to arrive at the gallery is Friday, September 29th, 2017. 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. Notify us by phone (513) 723-1222 or email


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.


Is my artwork insured by the gallery? 

All artwork is insured 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.


Do I need to create a return shipping label?

Yes, a return shipping label must be sent in a manilla 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.


If I enter, who will see my artwork?

  1. The jurors (gallery owners and arts institutions)
  2. 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?

  1. The ACA Jurors & their affiliated companies
  2. Gallery Owners
  3. Art Representatives
  4. Art Publishers
  5. Many of ADC’s corporate, healthcare, and residential clients
  6. Art Collectors
  7. Everyone who views the ADC website and blog. You will also be included in the “ART STORE” section of the ADC website.
  8. Everyone who attends the opening night/awards ceremony (250 guests).
  9. All event or exhibit attendees. 
  10. Potential buyers (corporate, private collectors, healthcare and hospitality industries & interior designers)
  11. The media


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.


Can I win more than one award?

Yes. 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.


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.

Check out this video from last year’s Opening Night Awards Ceremony!


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, October 9th. 


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.

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