November 2 – December 15, 2018

2018 Golden Ticket

About the Exhibit

The Golden Ticket is back, this time with a new venue and a twist. The 9th annual juried exhibition will be held at the Trailside Nature Center at Burnet Woods. Cincinnati Parks and the CCAC invite you to be inspired by the Woods, by the architecture and by the history of both! The Trailside Nature Center was completed in 1939, a collaborative project between the PWA and the CCC, designed by Carl Freund, and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Works submitted should respond to nature, to human’s relationship with nature, and/or the park or its included architecture. Works can be any media, but are not to exceed 7 lbs in weight, or 3’ in any direction.

This exhibit is open to artists living or working with a 25-mile radius of the CCAC. Only artists 18 and older may submit works. All works must be original in concept, design, and execution.

Entry Procedure

Artists may enter a maximum of five pieces of art for jury consideration. Digital images of the art must be submitted via email to with “GOLDEN TICKET SUBMISSION” written in the subject line. Up to three images for each three-dimensional work will be accepted. No original art will be accepted for jury submission.

  • JPEG Images: Each JPEG image of art must be labeled as follows: artist’s first name initial, last name initial, underscore, and title of work. i.e. HB_The Lonely Tree.jpeg The jpeg image size must be appropriate for viewing on a computer monitor.
  • Word Document must be included containing contact information: the artist’s name, address, phone number (s), and email address. The same document must include a description for each piece: title, size, medium and price.
  • 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. Make checks payable to CCAC and mail to CCAC (P.O. Box 20041, Cincinnati, OH 45220) OR fees can be paid online. Before completing the transaction, type your name and “GOLDEN TICKET FEES” in the box provided for acknowledgment of gift.
  • The entry fee is non-refundable and is not tax deductible.

Online Entry checklist:

1. JPEG images of art
2. Word Document with art descriptions and artists contact information
3. Fees

Entries submitted without fees or after the deadline will not be eligible.

Notification and Art Delivery

Once the jury process is complete you will be notified which art piece(s) were selected for exhibition. Accepted art must be hand-delivered to CCAC during scheduled times. Identification labels must be securely attached to the back or bottom of the art with: artist’s name, title of art, medium, size, price, phone and email address.

Preparation of Accepted Art

Size and weight of work is limited to that which can be moved by one person. Any work that is hung must be no more than 20 pounds and must be delivered ready to hang. All art must be wired for hanging, or have included any necessary hanging hardware. No art with saw tooth hangers will be accepted.


All possible care will be taken of the entries, but the CCAC can assume no responsibility for damage or loss of works. Artists must insure their own works.


Artists are encouraged to offer their art for sale. Any work not priced will be marked “not for sale.” CCAC will retain 25% of the sale price.

Submission Deadlines

Early Bird Deadline: August 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Final Deadline: September 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm

Opening Reception & Awards: November 10, 2017, 6-9 pm 

“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
  • People’s Choice: $100
  • Host’s Choice: $50

2018 Jury

  • Mary Gray, Director, Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery
  • Terence Hammonds, Nationally exhibited contemporary artist
  • Paige Wideman, Lecturer, NKU
  • Calcagno Cullen, Executive Director, Wave Pool Gallery


Trailside Nature Center
Gallery Hours: TBD


Trailside Nature Center (3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220)

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