Richard Lack’s Woodcuts and Etchings
Gary Christensen, author of The Richard F. Lack Catalogue Raisonné, will present an illustrated lecture on the woodcuts and etchings of Richard Lack.

The lecture will be held on January 9, 2016 at The Atelier located on 1681 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

For more information on this and other events, please click here.

Posted December 31st, 2015

ARC Approved™ ARA Boston Scholarship
The Academy of Realist Art, Boston, an ARC Approved™ atelier, launched its fourth annual scholarship competition for promising artists with a love for academic style painting and drawing. The scholarship to be awarded is for one year’s free tuition for the school year, September 2016-June 2017. Equivalent value is up to $8,580 for their full-time program in Boston. The competition is open to any student not currently enrolled at ARA Boston. This is a unique opportunity to jump start your classical training in a fun and supportive environment.
Deadline for submission is March 15, 2016. Winners will be announced April 1st, 2016. Details can be found here.

Posted December 29th, 2015

New ARC Living Master™
ARC is pleased to announce Joshua LaRock as our newest ARC Living Master™.

“LaRock’s works are an ode to the past while being filtered through his contemporary point of reference. Even when referencing Bouguereau or using a pastoral theme, LaRock imbues a shade of the contemporaneous, drawing the viewer deeper into his world. His still life paintings almost pop off the canvas and give new reverie to the ordinary. Each work is tightly rendered and thoughtfully composed though LaRock’s en plein air landscapes, are soft touches of color carefully recording a specific moment or truth in nature.”

To view his new gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted December 23rd, 2015

ARA Toronto Launches New Online Learning Website
ARC Approved™ Academy of Realist Art, Toronto has partnered with RealistArtOnline.com to launch a new website for both new and seasoned artists who want to discover the secrets of the Old Masters. A one-time registration fee gives users unlimited access to one of two courses – Classical Method of Drawing the Figure and Drawing the Bargue Workshop. Users of the course also receive one-on-one feedback from ARA Senior Instructor, Fernando Freitas.

Posted December 22nd, 2015

Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman
Marie Spartali Stillman was one of the few professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century. She was an important presence in the Victorian art world and closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Poetry in Beauty, the first retrospective of her work, will showcase approximately 50 works by the artist. Spartali Stillman’s style reflects her British Pre-Raphaelite training as well as the influence of Renaissance art, derived from the many years she lived and worked in Italy. Works from public and private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, many of which have not been exhibited since her lifetime, will also be on view.
The exhibition is being held at the Delaware Museum of Art located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19806 from November 7, 2015 – January 31, 2016.

Posted December 22nd, 2015

Ingres Exhibition
The work of Ingres undoubtedly constitutes an important forerunner to the late 19th- and early 20th-century artistic revolutions.

The exhibition to be shown at the Museo del Prado in 2015, which has benefited from the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, offers a precise chronological presentation of Ingres’ work but will also pay particular attention to his complex relationship with portraiture (characterized by his simultaneous rejection and admiration for it), which will be juxtaposed with his ongoing aim of being primarily recognized as a history painter.

The exhibition is being held at the Prado Museum, Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23. Madrid. 28014 Spain and runs from Nov 24, 2015 – March 27, 2016.

Posted December 18th, 2015

Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn”
The Legion of Honor, located on 100 34th Ave in San Francisco, CA will be exhibiting one of Raphael’s most beguiling and enigmatic paintings – “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn”. The masterpiece, presented in the United States for the first time, will be lent by the Galleria Borghese in Rome.

The exhibition will explore the possible identity of this subject, as well as the painting’s distinct iconography, including the unicorn she holds in her lap. Visitors will be able to explore Raphael’s painting in detail and get a glimpse into its intriguing history.

The painting will be on view from January 9, 2016 – April 10, 2016.

Posted December 17th, 2015

ARC Live Salon Tickets Available
ARC will be planning several lectures and educational events during the time the show will be in New York including a speech by ARC Chairman Fred Ross, and a collaboration with the Da Vinci Initiative, whose mission is to bring skill-based techniques like those embodied by the works in the ARC Salon into K – 12 classrooms. They are planning on holding a special forum for high-school students and teachers on the atelier training method and its benefits for those interested in pursuing a professional career in the arts. Tickets for all events are available for sale / RSVP through the ARC website. All proceeds will help fund the ARC and help to pay for the costs involved with running the show. Donations are also welcome and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

To view the events and purchase tickets, please click here.

Posted December 16th, 2015

New Suggested Donation Podcast
ARC Allied Organization, Suggested Donation, has recently conducted and posted an interview with ARC Living Master™ Joseph McGurl.

To listen to the full podcast, please click here.

Posted December 15th, 2015

Class Distinctions Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this groundbreaking exhibition proposes a new approach to understanding 17th-century Dutch painting. Through 75 carefully selected, beautifully preserved portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes borrowed from European and American public and private collections—including masterpieces never before seen in the United States—the show reflects, for the first time, the ways in which paintings represent the various socioeconomic groups of the new Dutch Republic, from the Princes of Orange to the most indigent.
The museum is located on the Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 and runs from October 11, 2015 – January 18, 2016.

To learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions, please click here.

Posted December 14th, 2015

New Article -ARC Opening Night Triumph

Opening Night at the MEAM: Line to Get In
“It was a Friday night. The museum was hopping. It felt like it was the number one night club of Barcelona by the time the award ceremonies commenced at the official opening of the exhibition this past November 20th. This elegant museum, the renovated 18th Castle Gomis, was converted into a museum by the founder and director of the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), José Manuel Infiesta, who is also a famous architect with 300 buildings to his credit. The museum is a glorious building in which to display the art. Located in the fashionable Old Town District of El Borne, in Barcelona, just a few steps away from the Picasso Museum, (whose attendance was empty in comparison) in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the location could not be better. An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 attended the official opening. The rooms were so crowded at one point, that if you were an art lover, you had some trouble seeing the paintings and it felt like you were at the cocktail party of the season. However, if you listened to what was being said, everyone was talking about the art; this new and revolutionary movement of Contemporary Realism that is taking the art world by storm. These contemporary depictions of our shared humanity executed with an uncompromisingly high level of skill, combined with ground breaking subject matter and composition, is evidence of a major shift taking place in the art world. People are responsive and falling in love once again with realism, a very contemporary realism. These are paintings that could only be painted now, and the “newness” of seeing so many contemporary works painted realistically, by modern artists, had a surprising and inspiring impact on the crowd. The rooms were electric with energy; the place sizzled.”

To read the full article by Sherry Ross, please click here.

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Posted December 11th, 2015

New ARC Approved Atelier™
We are pleased to welcome the Barcelona Atelier of Realist Art as our newest ARC Approved Atelier™.

Located in the heart of Barcelona, Spain, the Barcelona Atelier of Realist Art is one of the few art schools in the country that offers art courses based in the traditional drawing and painting methods of the 19th century.

The atelier offers a full time and a part time program. Students undertake an individually structured curriculum and move on to progressively more difficult and challenging assignments upon satisfactory completion of course work.

To view their atelier page, please click here.

Posted December 9th, 2015

55th Annual Exhibition – Art and the Animal Tour
The Society of Animal Artists, an ARC Allied Organization™ focuses on capturing wild and domestic creatures, on land, sea and air, in a wide range of media and artistic styles. In their mission to promote artistic excellence in the portrayal of animals, the SAA aims to broaden appreciation for the natural world.
The 55th Annual Exhibition runs from November 14, 2015 – January 3, 2016 at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum – 705 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649.

For more information on this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted December 8th, 2015

Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action
From about 1515 until his death, Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530) ran the most successful and productive workshop in Florence, not only leaving his native city richly decorated with his art but also greatly influencing the art produced in the remainder of the century. This is the first major monographic exhibition on this artist ever to be presented in the United States (and the first in nearly thirty years shown anywhere).

The show runs from October 7, 2015 to January 10, 2016 at the Frick Collection on 1 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021.

To learn more about this exhibition, please click here.

Posted December 7th, 2015

David Cheifetz Painting Sold
The Fat of the Land, by David Cheifetz, which won an honorable mention in the landscape category in the 2014/2015 ARC Salon Competition has now sold. The painting is a part of the first live exhibition of the ARC Salon which is currently in Barcelona at the MEAM Museum and will be coming to the Salmagundi Club, New York City, this January 18th – February 4th.

To view a list of the other works available for sale, please click here.

Posted December 4th, 2015

Live ARC Traveling Exhibition Tickets
For the first time many of the works from the ARC Salon will be exhibited in a live traveling exhibition that will start at the MEAM museum in Barcelona, Spain, and then travel to New York City, where it will hang at the Salmagundi Club from January 18th to February 4th.
ARC will be planning several lectures and educational events during the time the show will be in New York including a speech by ARC Chairman Fred Ross, and a collaboration with the Da Vinci Initiative, whose mission is to bring skill-based techniques like those embodied by the works in the ARC Salon into K – 12 classrooms. They are planning on holding a special forum for high-school students and teachers on the atelier training method and its benefits for those interested in pursuing a professional career in the arts. Tickets for all events are available for sale / RSVP through the ARC website. All proceeds will help fund the ARC and help to pay for the costs involved with running the show. Donations are also welcome and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

To learn more about these events and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Posted December 3rd, 2015

Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer
This exhibition is presenting 27 masterpieces from the Royal Collection, including works by Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch, and Johannes Vermeer’s A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman, ‘The Music Lesson’.

The show runs from November 13, 2015 – February 14, 2016 at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace – London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom.

For more information about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted December 2nd, 2015

Richard Lack Lecture
Gary Christensen, Author of The Richard F. Lack Catalogue Raisonné, will present an illustrated lecture on the paintings of Richard Lack.

Lack’s interior genre paintings will be presented and will include insights into the influences of the early 20th century Boston painters, Gammell’s interiors, and Lack’s most notable works.

The lecture is taking place on December 10, 2015 at The Atelier – 1681 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

For more information on this and other events, please click here.

Posted December 1st, 2015

New ARC Letter
“Mr. Fred Ross,

I just came across your website a few days ago and it is amazing!!! I also just read your piece Why Realism? and it speaks volumes. As an artist for over 30 years, I just could not understand how people could praise and value “modern abstract art” over and over again. It seemed as if non-representational art is able to garner more publicity and attention than traditional realism. I am glad to see there is a push back to traditional realism…”

- William Leung

To read the full letter click here.

To read Why Realism? by Frederic C. Ross, click here.

Posted November 30th, 2015

ARC Holiday Sale
Give the gift of Art this holiday season!

The Art Renewal Center is a 501 c3 educational foundation and all proceeds from ARC Store purchases go towards our scholarship fund and help to keep ARC on the web.

ARC greeting cards are great as gifts or for use as holiday cards.

This beautiful set of 12 cards (1 unique image per card) in a gold box with transparent lid and complete with envelopes are printed on heavy cardstock and are blank inside for your own personal messages.

Click here to order.

Visit the ARC store and use coupon code “holiday2015” during checkout for 10% off your purchase*!

Sale begins Nov. 27th and ends Nov. 30th, 2015

*11th ARC Salon Cesar Santos DVD, gift certificates, events tickets and DVI courses excluded from this offer.

Posted November 25th, 2015