From Startup to Industry Star: Litsa Spanos, President and Owner of Art Design Consultants
Founded in 1992, ADC, Art Design Consultants, Inc. has grown from a one-woman operation started in a 500-square-foot basement to a successful multi-team-member venture running in a gorgeous gallery space with stunning views. The woman who made it all happen? Litsa Spanos.
In the last 24 years, Spanos has not only built ADC to be the booming business that it is today, helping clients select the perfect artwork for their corporate or residential spaces, but she has also received several honors along the way, including the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce & WE Celebrate’s “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” award in 2013. The accolades couldn’t go to a more deserving person—Litsa gives back as much as she receives, supporting numerous regional non-profit organizations and causes in addition to nurturing her clientele, ADC team, and family.
Always with her finger on the pulse of what’s next in the art market, Litsa provides a valuable perspective for trade buyers and artists alike. We got to talk with her about her path to success as well as her tips for those rising in the industry:
What have been some of the challenges in your career, as well as some of the highlights?
The challenges are similar to what all small businesses face—finding new clients or talent and then bringing everyone together in an impactful way. Highlights of my career include being named “Woman-Owned Business of the Year”; publishing a beautiful art-filled book (Blink Art Resource); landing incredible new corporate, healthcare, and residential projects; and being able to work with creative and talented people every day.
Any pleasant surprises or memorable experiences on your path to success that you’d like to share?
A pleasant surprise was finding our incredible location in downtown Cincinnati during the recession. It’s a light-filled, 10,000-square-foot gallery with sweeping views of the city. It beautifully showcases all types of art, from paintings and sculpture to photography and mixed media. Our clients never want to leave, and we are all inspired every day!
What do you think are the most essential qualities one must have to succeed in the art world?
Perseverance, the willingness to take risks, honesty, and ethics.
What do you see coming up in the art market, trendwise?
Many of our clients want something different, unusual, and unexpected. Artists need to think outside the box and create works that no one else has. Whether it’s a new way to print photographs or painting on unusual surfaces, think fresh, new, and exciting. Starting a conversation and creating an interesting dialogue between the buyer and seller is what makes sales happen!
ADC has several exciting things coming up this year, starting with the launch of the 2016 Blink Art Resource at Artexpo New York. This stunning, image-rich guide for designers, galleries, and consultants features work from hundreds of exceptional artists in a wide variety of mediums for sourcing work with ease and efficiency. Ask Litsa about it at while you’re at the show, or check out the details at blinkartresource.com. In addition, ADC will be hosting the Artist Success Summit this June 3–4, an inspiring two-day conference and networking event that equips artists with everything they need to succeed in today’s competitive art market. For more on the Summit, visit http://adcfineart.com/success-summit-2. ADC also proudly sponsors Art Comes Alive (ACA), an annual fine art contest and exhibit that awards over $250,000 to the brightest and best artists working in North America. For more information, visit adcfineart.com/selling-artists-works.