October 30 – December 4, 2020

2020 Golden Ticket: Al Fresco

2020 Juried Art Exhibition

CCAC’s 11th Annual Golden Ticket, and the first Golden Ticket exhibition held entirely outdoors,  will feature the diverse, talented artists living or working within a 25-mile radius of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. All fine art disciplines are encouraged to apply. Due to ongoing public health concerns, and in an effort to activate public spaces, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center will install accepted artworks on the perimeter of Rawson Woods Bird Preserve, as well as in the front yards on the adjacent blocks of Middleton Avenue in the Gaslight District of Clifton. CCAC will reproduce all accepted two-dimensional works on weather-resistant substrates, and also encourages applicants to propose outdoor installations and sculptures that too are weather resistant.  Winners will be announced on the first night of the exhibition. Over $1500 in cash prizes will be awarded for Best in Show (for whom CCAC will also host a solo exhibition), second and third place, and honorable mention.

This year’s esteemed jurors: 

  • Melvin Grier, Award-winning photojournalist
  • Joe Girandola, President & CEO, Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Ainsley Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art & Antiquities, Cincinnati Art Museum

Submission guidelines: 

Guidelines for Two Dimensional Works

Guidelines for Sculpture and Installation


Early Bird submission deadline: August 24, 11:59 PM

Final submission deadline:  September 21, 11:59 PM


(513) 497-2860

Golden Ticket 2019 Winners:

Best in Show:
Mistress and Marauders by Ct King

2nd Place:
The Offer by Devan Horton

3rd Place:
Patterns of War by TJ Evans

Honorable Mention:
Sphinx Moth by Jonathan Kamholtz

Honorable Mention:
The Escape by Josie Gearhart

People’s Choice:
Stars of El Paso by Ellina Chetverikova

“The Golden Ticket is (second to the Cincinnati Art Museum 4th Floor Award) the most prestigious award for local working artists in the Cincinnati region.”
– Aaron Betsky, Former Director, Cincinnati Art Museum


  • Best in Show: $800 + One person show (mutually acceptable dates)
  • 2nd Place: $350
  • 3rd Place: $250
  • Honorable Mention: TBA


Al Fresco! Exhibition will be held in situ, near the intersection of Middleton and McAlpin Avenues.

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