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, features diverse, talented artists living or working within a 25-mile radius of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Due to ongoing public health concerns, and in an effort to activate public spaces, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center has installed accepted artworks on the perimeter of Rawson Woods Bird Preserve, as well as in an adjacent front yard on Middleton Avenue in the Gaslight District of Clifton. CCAC has reproduced all accepted two-dimensional works on weather-resistant substrates, and all of the work will remain al fresco for the duration of the exhibit. 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.

Join us for the opening reception, October 30, 2020, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the intersection of Middleton and McAlpin Avenues. Winners to be announced at 6 p.m.

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Included artists: 

  • Shelby Alexander
  • Sue Blaney
  • Melissa Brewer-Hinners
  • Alan Brown
  • Greg Buening
  • Susan Byrnes
  • Susan Carlson
  • Samantha England
  • Timothy Freeman
  • Cherie Garces
  • Josie Gearhart
  • Devan Horton
  • John Humphries
  • Jonathan Kamholtz
  • Sally Kamholtz
  • Jodi Kessler
  • Debra Kopena
  • Andrey Kozakov
  • Paul Kroner
  • Melissa Lusk
  • ChengLun Na
  • Kathy Parsanko
  • James Pendery
  • Viktor Posnov
  • Jens G Rosenkrantz Jr
  • TJ Smith
  • Linda Susman
  • Jeff Susman
  • Cliff Warnken
  • Joanie Weidner
  • Thaddeus Williams
  • McCrystle Wood

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


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Golden Ticket 2020 Winners:

Best in Show:
Walden Pond by Shelby Alexander

People’s Choice:
Route 66 by Melissa Brewer-Hinners

2nd Place:
Destination by Cheng-Lun Na

3rd Place:
Wade by Devan Horton

Honorable Mention:
42nd St. near Grand Central, New York City, 2019 by Cliff Warnken

Honorable Mention:
Seasons of the Midwest by John Humphries

“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.


  • Presenting Sponsor: The Annex Gallery
  • Best in Show Sponsor: Mu Sinclaire
  • Second Place Sponsors: Druffel/DiTomassi Comey & Shepherd; Fabulous Frames and Art
  • Third Place Sponsors: Sara M. & Michelle Vance Waddell; Yvonne Van Eijden & Sander Vinks; Wave Pool; Anonymous
  • Popcorn sponsor: Haute Chocolate Inc

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