Archive for June, 2013

The Epoch Times is Looking for Writers
Choose a painting, sculpture, vase, drawing, etc., from the past, and in one 500-700 word article, discuss its history, cultural context, style, and creation in a manner that is inviting and educational to the general reader. This is open to experts in all fields of traditional art, American, European, Asian, African, Oceanic, and in all mediums.

The goal is to diversify readers’ artistic appreciation and give them more pathways to explore art created before 1900.


  • The author may occasionally (once a month or once every other month) submit roughly 500-700 words about a work of art.
  • The work of art will be of the writer’s choosing with editor’s approval.
  • The author will have their work published in the Epoch Times’ New York City print edition (distributed weekly, soon to be daily) and online at
  • There is no monetary compensation but is a great opportunity to share one’s expertise and establish credibility among a general audience.
  • If you are a dealer of art, artworks for sale cannot be promoted directly. However, the author’s biography will be included at the end of the article. The expert’s personal or professional website or email can be included so that readers may contact the author.
  • The first step is to submit a photograph of the artwork in question via the following form: or email it to
  • If the idea is approved, you will be notified to begin writing and given another link where you will submit your article. If there are any questions, you will be contacted directly.
  • There is no guarantee that all writing submissions will be accepted.

A Writer Trimming his Pen
by Jan Ekels II
Posted Friday, June 28th, 2013

GCA Portrait Sketch Competition
The Grand Central Academy of Art is now accepting applications for an August Portrait Sketch Competition they are holding. Ten finalists selected from online applicants will paint six one-session portraits over three days in their South Studio. Applications are due this coming Monday, July 1. No fee to apply. Apply Now! Read More…

2012/2013 ARC Salon Figurative Finalist
Self Portrait in Green by Joshua LaRock
Competition Dates:
August 27, 28 & 29
Awards: $1,000 and $500
Location: GCA, 20 W. 44th St. NY, NY

Public Events:
Lunch-hour viewings,1-2pm Aug 27-29.
Awards Party, August 29, 7-9pm.


Posted Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Congratulations to ARC Living Artist Dr. Sivananda Nyayapathi
Nyayapathi recently won the First Place award in the Portrait Society of Atlanta 2013 Summer Juried Exhibition for his painting of Larry Hall. The juror was ARC Living Master™, Richard Whitney, and the Exhibition will be open for viewing through July 8, 2013. Mable House Art Center, 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton, GA 30126

The Portrait Society of Atlanta is the oldest voluntary non-profit organization of portrait artists in the country. It has completed 34 years this year. It conducts annual competitions of portraiture juried by nationally acclaimed portrait artists.

To view more on this and other exhibitions, click here.

Larry Hall
by Sivananda Nyayapathi
Posted Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs

2011 ARC Scholarship
2nd Place
Marina Fridman
LAAFA has been authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs to certify students enrolled in their programs for benefits under: Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), The Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35), The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31), and The Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606). If you are a veteran who served in the military, you can receive educational benefits to go to LAAFA. For example: The GI Bill will pay 100% of your education at LAAFA (3-year program).

In addition LAAFA is currently accepting applications for the Fall and are running a scholarship program as well. Only students accepted into LAAFA’s full-time programs will have the opportunity to submit their portfolio and essay for a $6000 scholarship. LAAFA only accepts a small number of students each year to their programs. International Students are encourage to apply.

To learn more visit their page on ARC or visit their website by clicking here.

Posted Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Participate in a Discussion at Dacia Gallery
“The Feminine Nude: Power and Beauty in Contemporary Figuration” with Courtney Jordan, Editor of Artist Daily. Participate in a round table dialogue on the female nude in art history, and discuss how contemporary artists are contending with issue of the body and gender roles.

Dacia Gallery – 53 Stanton St. New York, NY 10002
Thursday, June 27th 6:30-8:30pm

Creation by Patricia Watwood
Posted Monday, June 24th, 2013

Epoch Times Article on ARC Salon

2012-2013 ARC Salon
Imaginative Realism First Place
“Leap” by Julie Bell
The article on the 2012/2013 International ARC Salon by Kara Lysandra Ross was published yesterday in the Epoch Times. The article contains analysis of many of the paintings as well as quotes from the artists.

To read the article, click here.

Posted Friday, June 21st, 2013

Announcing Registration for TRAC2014
The Representational Art Conference 2014 (TRAC2014) will focus on the aesthetic principles and values implicit in the representational art of the 21st Century. Having established the first TRAC2012 reminding the world that the representational art community has an important voice, it is timely to explore and articulate its distinctive aesthetic values, vision and philosophical outlook. Our purpose is not to establish a single monolithic aesthetic for representational art, but to identify commonalities, understand the unique possibilities of representational art, and perhaps provide some illumination about future directions.
The upcoming TRAC2014 event will take place from March 2 – 5, 2014, Venture, CA

Keynote addresses by Roger Scruton and ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides

For more information and to register visit

Geometer’s Study
by Juliette Aristides

Posted Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Studio Incamminati has Received its Accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
In the continuing effort to better serve its students, in addition to receiving accreditation, ARC Living Master™ Nelson Shanks’ Studio Incamminati has created an innovative partnership with the nearby Chestnut Hill College to creates a new Art Studio major for the school.

Persian Archer
by ARC Living Master™ and
Studio Incamminati Instructor
Dan Thompson

“We have always been about serving our students”, according to Studio Incamminati Executive Director Jay Pennie, “and accreditation lets students pursue educational loan and grant options and also streamlines the visa process for international students.” Both are important, he said, as an increasing number of students have asked about student loans, just as inquiries from foreign students are on the rise.

The partnership with Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill College, highly regarded for its holistic approach to education, is the impetus for the college reinstating its Art Studio major. The joint Art Studio program offers students of both institutions the opportunity to combine a comprehensive liberal arts education with skills-based representational art training in order to develop rewarding careers – and lives – in the arts.

Posted Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

New ARC Living Master™
We would like to welcome Robert Liberace as an ARC Living Master™. Liberace is known for his inspiring and information-packed teaching style. Through teaching classes and workshops in the U.S. and abroad, and with the addition of his instructional dvd series and even the occasional webinar, Rob encourages artists around the world to explore the wonders of the classic tradition expressed in a fresh and current manner. Both his art and my teaching express the richness and rewards of a life filled with art.
Born and raised in Rockland County, New York, Rob was introduced to the world of art world through an old library copy of Hogarth’s “Dynamic Figure Drawing” almost four decades ago. In the early 2000′s he began devoting time to portraiture and garnered several awards from the Portrait Society of America’s annual International Portrait Competition. His painting “Russell” received “First Honors” in the show in 2001, and then in 2002 the portrait of his friend Robert won “Best in Show”. In 2003 a portrait of Steven Honigberg, cellist for the National Symphony Orchestra, won the “Grand Prize” in the competition. Other commissioned portraits include those of Marc Pachter, director of the National Portrait Gallery, former President George H. Bush, and Ambassador Sol Linowitz.
In recent years his focus has leaned toward figure drawing and painting. His work is represented by the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, the Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale and the M gallery in Charleston.

To view his new gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

New Book in ARC Store
Sophie An Edwardian Childhood written by Lady Sophie Helen Blair Harding, the daughter of famous 19th century artist Edmund Blair Leighton and published/edited by her decedents, this book is an inside look from a child’s perspective on growing up at the turn of the century in England (1902 – 1918). The book is filled with many comical illustrations by SHBH, who became an artist in her own right, as she depicts growing up in this artistic household. There are also several photographs of the Blair Leighton family, artist studio, and their home in Norfolk.

This book is available through the Topsham Bookshop, UK. To place your order, click here.

Posted Monday, June 17th, 2013

Nelson Shanks Solo Exhibition
The Michener Art Museum will be exhibiting the paintings of ARC Living Master™ Nelson Shanks, June 8 through September 8, 2013 in the Putman Smith Gallery. Nelson Shanks: A Brush with Reality brings together more than 20 major paintings from public and private collections around the country and from the artist’s personal collection.
Shanks has an international reputation for portraits of such figures as Presidents William Jefferson Clinton and Ronald Reagan; Diana, Princess of Wales; Pope John Paul II; Luciano Pavarotti; and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Three are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
For more on this and other exhibitions, click here.
Posted Friday, June 14th, 2013

ARC Approved Grand Central Academy of Art Announces Results of Drawing Competition
GCA hopes that the publicity generated by this event will encourage even more applications next time-especially from the other centers of draftsmanship also dedicated to the teaching and practice of the skills necessary to make classically-inspired works.

Apelles and Protogenes were renowned painters of Ancient Greece during the time of Alexander the Great (4th century BC.) They were rivals and also advocates of each other’s work. Their rivalry tested who could draw the finest, steadiest line and has been famously recorded in Pliny’s Natural History.

First Place
Joshua LaRock was awarded $10,000 and the title Apelles

Second Place
Katie Whipple was awarded $3,000 and the title Protogenes

Third Place
Adrienne Stanger was awarded $2,000.

To view the images of all ten drawings progressing over five days, go to GCA’s Facebook page.

To visit GCA’s page on ARC, click here.

This August they will be holding a smaller prize Portrait Sketch Competition. Alla prima painting has become an exciting feature of the GCA community and they are pleased to host this fun, challenging event. Participants will paint six portraits in three days. The portraits will be judged as a group.

First Place will be awarded $1,500 and Second Place, $500. There is no application fee.

To request an application form, click here.

Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Indianapolis Museum Acquires Important Bouguerau
Rêve de printemps (Dream of Spring) by William Bouguereau was donated by Melvin and Bren Simon on May 30, 2013. The donation had been in the works since 2008. This is the first significant work by the artist acquired by the museum.
“I just heard the news about the Indianapolis Museum acquiring the Bouguereau, Rêve de printemps. My parents used to own that one. It hung so that I could see it through my bedroom door hanging in the main upstairs hall from the time I was born to the time I was four years old. I remember coming back from day care and it being gone when my father sold it. (I was not informed ahead of time.) As the story goes, when I got upstairs, saw it was gone, and was told it was not coming back, I cried unconsolably. My father said if he knew I was going to be that upset he would not have sold it. I think that may have been when he started taking my art opinion seriously.”

- Kara Lysandra Ross

To see a full list of Bouguereau paintings in American Museums, click here.
Posted Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Florence Academy of Art earns Accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
During its 22-year history, The Florence Academy of Art, led by ARC Living Master™ , Daniel Graves, has served its mission to train students to become highly skilled painters and sculptors. Success has been so far measured by the quality of the artwork produced by its students and graduates. Today, the Academy accepts with pride, recognition by NASAD as an accredited university level program. It looks forward to continuing to provide students with fundamental skills to produce great art while earning collage credit.

The Power of Wisdom and Beauty by Daniel Graves

Posted Friday, June 7th, 2013

California Art Club Announces Winners
As the California Art Club unveiled its hallmark exhibition at an Exposition Park museum after a nearly 70-year absence, the century-old arts organization bestowed honors upon both veteran and emerging artists at the opening for the 102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, which will be on view through June 23 at the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
Winners include Ruo Li and Cindy Jackson winning Best of Show, Clyde Aspevig winning Best Landscape, C. W. Mundy winning Best Still Life, Warren Chang winning Best Multi Figurative Arrangement, Dennis Doheny winning Best Capture of the Tradition of the Californian Impressionist Movement, David A. Leffel, the Gold Medal for excellence in Art Education, Candice Bohannon, winning two awards of excellence from Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur, and ARC Living Master Max Ginsberg who was presented the President’s Gold Medal for Advancement of Traditional Fine Art.
Candice Bohannon
Ice Flow
This painting was also a
finalist in the 2012/2013
International ARC Salon.
Posted Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Daniel Greene and Nelson Shanks in Wall Street Journal

Portrait of Jessie
by Daniel Greene
Congratulations to ARC Living Masters™ Daniel Greene and Nelson Shanks for having their work featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal. The article titled Picture, Picture on the Wall: For people who want their portrait painted, they often want to be seen as the fairest of all, by Daniel Grant, illustrates Greene’s famous Portrait of Jessie.

“Of course most commissioned portraits aren’t of famous and powerful people. They are of family members and destined to hang in private homes. ‘The majority are of children, little girls in dresses’, says Daniel E. Greene, a portrait artist in North Salem, NY. Sittings are more of a challenge with children he says, because ‘It is hard to get them to sit still’. In those cases Mr. Greene might work from a photograph taken on location, though even then, ‘you have to chase the child around’, to get the picture he says.”

The article also mentions ARC Living Master™ Nelson Shanks and quotes him as saying “‘A lot of subjects tell me, make me thin, and they try to make a joke of it, but they really mean it,’ says Nelson Shanks ($85,000-$350,000 per portrait), an artist who has painted Supreme Court Justices, presidents, and one pope, among others.”
Posted Wednesday, June 5th, 2013