ACA Jurors


Litsa Spanos Sylvia Rombis Roy Saper

Litsa Spanos

President, ADC, Art Design Consultants, Inc.

Sylvia Rombis

Owner, Malton Gallery

Roy Saper

Creator & Owner of Saper Galleries and Custom Framing, East Lansing, MI

4 Gallery Contract Awards

1 Gallery Contract Award

1 Gallery Contract Award

Accomplished, award-winning gallery owner and art consultant specializing in corporate, healthcare, hospitality and residential industries, as well as working with private collectors and interior designers.

The Malton Gallery has been in business for 37 years and specializes in the best of contemporary fine art and sculpture. Malton Gallery represents over 100 local, regional, national and international artists. Malton Gallery has earned the reputation as one of the premier galleries in the area and was voted best sculpture gallery in the Midwest by Sculpture Magazine.

In 2009 Saper was recognized with the Art Business News Gallery Excellence Award, the top honor in the US presented to an art gallery for the success of it exhibitions.

Eric Smith

Autumn Bailey
Jeff Hood

Eric Smith

CEO, Art Expo New York

Autumn Bailey

Art Director, Studio EL

Jeff Hood

Owner, The District Gallery

Artexpo New York Solo Booth Award 2 Publishing Contract Awards 1 Gallery Contract Award

Smith’s direction has established Art Expo as the leading fine art trade show, offering industry professionals access to thousands of wholesale works from artists and publishers from around the world. New York Art Expo & Art Expo Fall Chicago gives artists the opportunity to “be discovered” in the largest and liveliest cities in the country!

A recent addition to the Studio EL Creative team, Autumn Bailey continues to grow an already varied and original collection of limited edition fine art prints and works closely with the artists.

Jeff & Denise Hood are the owners of The District Gallery & Framery in Knoxville, TN. Together they have installed artwork and framing from Key West to Canada. The Hood duo believes every handcrafted item has a story to tell, a story that bridges the gap between artist and patron.

Joanne Chappell Veronique Hammons Matt Distel

Joanne Chappell

CEO, Editions Limited (California)

Veronique Hammons

Owner, Gallery Veronique 

Matt Distel

Director, Carnegie Arts Center

2 Publishing Contract Awards 2 Gallery Contract Awards 1 exhibit opportunity in a group show at the Carnegie Arts Center

Editions Limited West’s business focus changed from retail and corporate art sales to wholesale publishing and marketing of exclusive posters. Editions Limited was one of the first fine art wholesale publishers in the industry and remains one of the largest in the US to this day.

Veronique specializes in providing contemporary Artwork to discriminating private and corporate clientele.

Distel brings a broad range of experience to the position, with a background that includes time at the Contemporary Arts Center and time as director of Country Club, a contemporary art gallery with locations in Cincinnati and Los Angeles. He was also recently named adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Cincinnati Art Museum..




Phil Davis

 Steve and Kim Wanamaker

Ben Fry 

Phil Davis

Director, The Brentwood Arts Exchange


Steve and Kim Wanamaker

Owners, Venue Lifestyle & Event Guide

Ben Fry

Owner, Wyecliffe Galleries 

$250 Honorarium and Front Feature to a fine craft artist

The William Duebber Artist Award, a two-page article in Venue

1 Gallery Contract Award 

Curator and artist Phil Davis is committed to building community through the arts, and to building the arts by engaging the community. He currently serves as the Director of the Brentwood Arts Exchange, and anchor of the Prince George’s County, MD Gateway Arts District redevelopment effort.


Venue is Cincinnati’s premier lifestyle and event guide and is sent to 10,000 subscribers quarterly and reaches thousands more on-line.


Ben Fry, director and owner of Wyecliffe Galleries has been in the art business for over 15 years. He opened The Wyecliffe Gallery in Weybridge, Surrey in 2004 and has since grown the business into one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the country.


Jason and Bonnie Mansour Valerie Phillips Sergio Gomez

Jason and Bonnie Mansour

Owners, Art Leaders Gallery

Valerie Phillips

Owner, Gallery V

Sergio Gomez

Curator/Director of Exhibitions, Zhou B Art Center

1 Gallery Contract Award

1 Gallery Contract Award

2 exhibition opportunities at Art NXT Level Project space in the Zhou B Art Center

Art Leaders Gallery, voted “Michigan’s Best Fine Art Gallery” located in the heart of West Bloomfield is one of Michigan’s leading fine art galleries representing high quality artwork by international, national, local Michigan artists as well as emerging new talents in the industry. Our exclusive inventory represents a wide variety of styles and mediums encompassing contemporary to traditional artwork in all price ranges.

Valerie has over twenty years of experience in the art and design industry. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Art and Design. She worked for Fleishman-Hillard Inc. where she handled the graphic design accounts for their top client, Anheuser-Busch and its subsidiaries. She also designed for Ackerman, Hood and McQueen and worked as a freelance makeup artist for three leading cosmetic companies. Most recently, Valerie has managed three independent art galleries in the Kansas City area over the past fifteen years.

Sergio Gomez is a Chicago-based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He is owner and Director of Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery, curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, founder of Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing & Advertising, Contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, curator and producer of the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial. Sergio co-founded the program Art NXT Level to help artists manage their careers. Additionally, Sergio is host of the Artist Next Level Podcast.

Gary Handler Robin Imaging

Gary Handler

Owner, Vinings Gallery

Robin Imaging

Owner, Bill Johnson and Deb Johnson

1 Gallery Contract Award

Art Print Award (scan and prints of one work)

Gary Handler, one of the country’s leading art consultants and artist representatives, and Stalling, whose musically themed still life images have struck a cord with collectors nationwide, opened Vinings Gallery in December 1999. Handler believes that art needn’t be complicated. “After a long, tough day, you should be able to kick your shoes off, open up a bottle of wine, sit back and let that painting take you to a happy place.”


Robin Imaging Services started in 1974 and works with a wide range of clientele in the Greater Cincinnati Region. Being a commercial printing company they’ve worked with many artists in the commercial art market to scan and fabricate stunning print replications of their artwork. 




Barbara Perez

Christian Hohmann



Barbara Perez

President, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

1 Gallery Contract Award 4 Exhibition Awards


The gallery publishes artist catalogs and participates in art fairs in the US and Europe on an ongoing basis. Christian has curated a number of private collections and public exhibitions and he works with more than 200 national and international artists of which he represents more than 50 exclusively through the gallery. Most recently he was asked to curate the annual artist council exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum. He has been a guest speaker at numerous events and has been giving lectures about art and gallery management in and out of the gallery.


Barbara Perez comes to the YWCA with more than 30 years of progressive experience leading nonprofit organizations. Perez most currently served as the Chief Mission Officer for the Arthritis Foundation Great Lakes Region, and prior to that had leadership positions with the Butler and Hamilton County Mental Health Boards, Central Clinic and Cincinnati Behavioral Health. Throughout her career Barbara has developed and led numerous programs to serve the needs of children, women and families with physical and mental health challenges.


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