October 29 – December 3, 2021

2021 Golden Ticket

2021 Juried Art Exhibition

CCAC is preparing to hold its 12th Annual Golden Ticket and is looking forward to exhibiting the artwork of the diverse and talented artists living or working within a 25-mile radius of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.  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.

Eligibility and Entry Procedures

This exhibit is open to artists living or working within a 25-mile radius of CCAC. All Fine art disciplines are encouraged to apply. Only artists 18 and older may submit works. All works must be original in concept, design, and execution.

Size and weight of work is limited to that which can be moved by one person. All artwork to be displayed on a wall must be wired for hanging, and be appropriately framed or mounted; these are not to exceed 20 pounds. No art with saw tooth hangers will be accepted. No work will be accepted with staples or nails visible on the edges.

Artists may enter a maximum of five pieces of art for jury consideration. If submitting three dimensional artwork, artist may combine up to three views of their artwork into a single jpg. Images must be of high quality and resolution; low resolution interferes with the jury’s ability to assess the work and may adversely impact the piece’s likelihood of acceptance. Images cannot exceed 5 mb each. Please reach out with any questions about technical specifications.

Submitting Artwork

Click here to submit artwork for this year’s Golden Ticket. Please budget 15-20 minutes for the submission process. We recommend submitting on a personal computer and not on mobile devices. The link to the payment form appears at the end of the submission form, and can also be accessed here. Entry fees are $35 for the first piece and $10 for each additional piece. Artists who complete the submittal process by the early bird deadline can subtract $10 from the total fee. The entry fee is non-refundable and is not tax deductible.


  • Best in Show: $800 + One person show (mutually agreed upon dates)
  • 2nd Place: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200
  • Honorable Mention: $100 or equivalent
  • People’s Choice: $100

Submission deadlines

  • Early Bird Deadline: August 22, 2021 at 5:00p.m.
  • Final Deadline: September 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

This year’s esteemed jurors

  • Joe Girandola, President & CEO, Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Ainsley Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art & Antiquities, Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Jee Eun Lee, Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Northern Kentucky University
  • Mary Campbell Zopf, Executive Director, Muse Machine


Join us for the opening reception, October 29, 2021, from 6 – 9 p.m. at 2728 Short Vine Street. Winners to be announced at 7 p.m.

To see artwork from last year’s exhibit click here.

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: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200
  • Honorable Mention: $100 or equivalent
  • People’s Choice: $100

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