New ARC Approved™ School

Figure Drawing by Sergey Chubirko
The mission of the Russian Academy of Art, Florence is to teach the fundamental principles, methods and techniques of classical art diligently transmitted over the centuries since the Italian Renaissance. Their academic program provides thorough training in anatomy, composition, chromatics, perspective, painting, constructive drawing and study of the works of the Old Masters. With this solid framework, students will be able to go on to develop their own individual styles and methods of creative expression.
To view their new section on ARC, click here.

Posted June 27th, 2014

Epoch Times Wins 16 Awards
The Epoch Times, a newspaper which supports the return of skill-based training techniques to the arts as a whole and the preservation of artistic heritage won 16 awards at the annual New York Press Association Conference held on April 4th and 5th.
“‘The awards are, of course, great as recognition from our peers in the industry, and as encouragement for everyone at Epoch Times. I would just point out that the awards are a natural outgrowth of a lot of sustained hard work during the past year,’ said John Nania, Epoch Times editor-in-chief.”
To read the full article, click here.

Image Shown: Epoch Times Creative Director Seth Holehouse and Associate Creative Director Robert Counts hold awards for overall excellence in photography, design, and advertising at the New York Press Association’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Posted June 26th, 2014

Openings at the Aristides Atelier
Openings are currently available at the ARC Approved™ Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art for the 2014-15 academic year. Located in Seattle, Washington, and led by celebrated artist, author and lecturer Juliette Aristides, the Aristides Atelier runs from September through June, and is designed to provide serious artists the opportunity to work and study in a stimulating, communal environment under the guidance of a master teaching artist. Discover the classics!
To learn more and to apply, visit www.GageAcademy.org/adult, or call 800.880.3898.

Posted June 25th, 2014

Delaware Museum Loses Accreditation
“WILMINGTON, Del. –The Delaware Art Museum lost its accreditation and its ability to receive loaned works from many museums Wednesday, one day after the museum sold one of its most famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings to help pay its bills.

A committee of the American Alliance of Museums, a national museum advocacy organization, voted unanimously Wednesday to remove the Delaware museum’s accreditation…. The Delaware Art Museum’s first painting up for auction, William Holman Hunt’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil, sold for $4.25 million in London Tuesday, a record for a Holman Hunt work but far short of Christie’s low estimate of $8.4 million.”

To read the full article in USA Today by Margie Fishman, click here.


Isabella and the Pot of Basil
by William Holman Hunt

Posted June 23rd, 2014

New ARC Living Master™

When Your Lover Has Gone
by Gordon Hanley
Fascinated by the drawings of da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo, since 2009 Gordon Hanley’s art shifted from watercolor painting to drawings in the Renaissance medium of metalpoint. Moving from the more traditional silver on paper, most of his recent work features drawings in 24ct gold on paper with prepared grounds of his own design and development.
Using continually evolving techniques, he has moved this ancient art form into previously unexplored territory, opening it up to new possibilities. His current work in this medium features still life, figure work and portraits. He is now recognized as one of the world’s leading artists in this medium.

To view his new gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted June 20th, 2014

New ARC Allied Organization™
Streamline art video is a division of Streamline Publishing, Inc., which publishes Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir Magazines. The division was founded on the premise that art education is the foundation necessary for all artists and video is a convenient tool for those who cannot take the time to attend art school or workshops. Streamline felt it could improve on the quality of production of art instructional videos, giving videos the same quality aesthetics the magazines are known for; good design and quality content. Streamline sought out a video team with experience on major motion pictures in Hollywood, as well as experience as an artist and understanding art, with an end result of more focused, quality productions with strong appeal to those learning art. The division has produced numerous videos featuring ARC masters and also provides the annual ARC video prize to the Best in Show winner of the International ARC Salon Competition. This video features the artist’s technique (demonstration) plus interviews with ARC Founder Fred Ross, a tour of the Ross Collection, a review of the year’s top winning paintings and more. Streamline offers a variety of videos in figurative, portrait, plein air/landscape painting.

For more on this and other ARC Allied Organizations, click here.

Posted June 18th, 2014

Call for Entries NTDTV Painting Competition

Determination under Persecution by Qing Xin,
winner of the gold award at NTDTV’s 3rd International Chinese Figure Painting Competition.
(Courtesy of Zhengjian.org)
The New Tang Dynasty Television is currently accepting entires for their 4th International Figure Painting Competition as part of their Global Competition Series.

“The objective of this NTDTV Chinese International Oil Figure Painting Competition is to help people retrieve traditional artistic value with true compassion and gracefulness.”

Application Deadline: August 31st, 2014

Click here for more information.

Posted June 17th, 2014

BACAA Workshops
The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier will be hosting a number of exciting workshops this spring and summer. Ted Seth Jacobs will be teaching an exclusive workshop in France, June 2nd – July 3rd for which there are only two spots left. Other workshops being offered in the spring and summer include: Stephen Early Figure Painting Workshop, July 7 – July 18, Graydon Parrish Workshop on Form Painting and Color Theory, July 21 – August 1, Michael Grimaldi and Dan Thompson Workshop on Advanced Artistic Anatomy, August 4 – 8, and Juliette Aristides will be teaching a Figure Painting Workshop from August 11 – 22.

To view more information and to sign up for courses, click here.


The Warrior by Dan Thompson

Posted June 16th, 2014

Major Victorian Painting Exhibition and Sale

Isabella and the Pot of Basil
by William Holman Hunt
Christie’s London will be having their major Victorian Painting sale this upcoming week. The exhibition opens today and will remain open until the sale on the 17th. Works include important paintings by William Holman Hunt, George Frederic Watts, James Joseph Tissot, as well as many others. The total sale contains 142 lots.

To view the online catalogue, click here.

Viewing public auction presales is one of the best ways to see important works from a given period that are in private collections and are otherwise not on public view. Most if not all of these paintings are sold back into private collections and many are never put on public view again.

Posted June 13th, 2014

Thomas Kegler Exhibition
ARC Associate Living Master™ Thomas Kegler will be featured in a show at Burchfield Penney Art Center – 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y. 14222. The show is titled Fly Fishing and is “A Celebration of the Stream, is an exhibition developed in collaboration with the Western New York chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU), an organization whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.”

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


Dawn Reflections: Galatians 5:22-23
by Tom Kegler

Posted June 12th, 2014

Artists and Alumni of Studio Incamminati Exhibition and Sale

Gabrielle by Peter Kelsey
June 24 – July 2, 2014

The exhibition features more than 60 pieces of some of the finest in contemporary realist art from instructors, students and alumni of Studio Incamminati. Many of the artists have won national and international awards and had their artwork featured in American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur.

ARC Living Master™ Dan Thompson, part time instructor at Studio Incamminati, will also be attending the event.

All proceeds go to the individual artists and Studio Incamminati.

Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA8

For more on this and other exhibitions, click here.

Posted June 11th, 2014

Artists’ strong emotional response to “Why Realism” by ARC Chairman Frederick Ross
“I really wanted to tell you that I read every word of WHY REALISM. Absolutely brilliant! Combined with your past essays exposing the fraud that is modernism, your writing has been like a concert to my heart. ——–

When I began reading the A.R.C.’s philosophy several years ago, I felt an incredible relief. Finally someone was defending traditional realism with persuasive eloquence. Modernism was actually being called to question and exposed for the shameful harm it has brought to the visual arts for over a century. THANK YOU for your wonderful efforts in setting art back on its foundation.”

Click here to read entire letter.

To read the full speech, click here.

Posted June 10th, 2014

Juliette Aristides Lecture June 12th
ARC Living Master™ Juliette Aristides is “a painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art.” What does that mean in terms of the way she approaches her work, and the decisions she makes as to what to paint and how? Juliette discusses how her art has evolved over time, and how she feels about being a ‘traditional’ realist in an era when such art is often ignored or marginalized in the mainstream art world. Included is a discussion of the core values she thinks are most important to convey to her students.

Gage Academy 1501 10th Ave. East, #101
Seattle, WA 98102Geo Studio/3rd Floor


The Arrangement by Juliette Aristides
To learn more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted June 6th, 2014

New ARC Letter from Julio Reyes

Vessels by Julio Reyes
“I must take the opportunity to tell you what an honor it is to be a part of your collection, and how truly grateful I am to you and to the ARC Salon Competition. ARC helped my career in a huge way early on, and when it really mattered; when I was nobody from nowhere. The endorsement, and patronage provided the kind of financial and emotional support that kept me pursuing my life’s dream, giving me the means, courage, and confidence to push on. What’s more, this morning Candice and I learned of the results of this year’s Salon Competition, and we were jumping around the living room, overjoyed, appreciative, and feeling truly blessed! What more can I say, other than, thank you – thank you for supporting us and so many other artists out there, and for standing up for quality, meaning, and substance in the arts. I will keep painting to the best of my ability, every day, for as long as I can; and if by chance, I’m able to leave behind an artistic legacy that outlives me, then I hope you know you had something to do with it.”

To read the full letter, click here.

Posted June 5th, 2014

ARC Salon in Fine Art Connoisseur
An article on the 2013/2014 International ARC Salon was recently published by Fine Art Connoisseur. Fine Art Connoisseur will also be publishing a featured article in the November/December printed issue.
The Collector by Aaron Harker
“The Art Renewal Center Salon has fast become one of the most significant events for the display and recognition of contemporary representational painting, sculpture, and drawing. This year’s iteration fielded approximately 2,200 entries, from which the ARC selected 685 finalists who were notified in April. Finally, the winners of prestigious awards from the Salon have been announced.”

To read the full article, click here.

Posted June 4th, 2014

Igor Babailov in “Fine Art Connoisseur”

Portrait of Pope John Paul II
by Igor Babailov
ARC Living Master Igor Babailov was recently featured in Fine Art Connoisseur for receiving the commission to create an official likeness of Pope Francis.

Babailov is an accomplished Russian-born American painter who completed portraits of the last two popes as well.

To read the article, click here.

Posted June 3rd, 2014

Angel Academy Exhibition
ARC Approved™ Angel Academy of Art will be hosting their student exhibition this weekend. The show opens this Friday June 6th from 18:30 – 20:30 but the exhibition will continue on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday and 10:00 to 14:00 on Sunday.
By Savannah Tate Cuff
To view more on this and other events, please click here.

Posted June 2nd, 2014

New Allied Organization™
In 2007 Western Art Collector became the first magazine to provide nationwide coverage of upcoming shows and auctions showcasing Western art. With the goal of bringing together galleries, living Western artists and collectors, Western Art Collector previews all of the must-attend events before they take place.
Every month Western Art Collector previews upcoming gallery shows, museum exhibitions and auctions to keep collectors informed of what’s happening in today’s Western art market. In addition to the monthly previews, look for special sections dedicated to highly collectible genres of Western art including landscapes, cowboys, still life, wildlife and sculpture. The magazine also provides destination guides with up-to-date and insightful information on seasonal art markets around the company.

For information on advertising contact the Marketing Team at coordinator@americanartcollector.com or (866) 619-0841.

To view more on this and other allied organizations, click here.

Posted May 30th, 2014

New ARC Living Master™
Ardith Starostka has been receiving regular awards and honors for her work since 2000. In addition to being an Art Renewal Center Living Master™, Starostka is an International Guild of Realism-Signature Member and has affiliations to the Portrait Society of America, American Society of Traditional Artists, and the Oil Painters of America. Her work appears in many public collections including The White House, Washington, D.C., The Blair House, Washington, D.C., The Wright Brothers Museum, Nagshead, NC, Cessna Aircraft, Inc, Wichita, KS, The Decorative Arts, Collection Museum, Wichita, KS, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, and St. Greggory the Great Seminary, NE. Her poetic and beautiful works resonate with a sense of timelessness.

To view her new gallery on ARC, click here.


Wallflower by Ardith Starostka

Posted May 29th, 2014

New Allied Organization™
The Da Vinci Initiative, part of a 501C3, nonprofit, educational foundation, is a mission for visual literacy in our contemporary world. With a focus on K-12 public and private schools, the goal of this project is to provide skill-based learning in art education in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us. The Da Vinci Initiative believes that art can be taught and that teaching skills enhances student creativity. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work. Like teaching rhythm, tempo, and scales in music class so that a student has many tools to express themselves through music, so too is there a need for a skill-based education in the visual arts. By learning solid draftsmanship, color theory, paint handling skills, perspective, etc. students can expand their own toolbox for visual expression. The Da Vinci Initiative’s aim is to enhance visual literacy for both teachers and students with the following programs:

Classroom Resources: The Da Vinci Initiative is developing a series of educational videos and K-12 lesson plans. These lesson plans intend to both train teachers who may be unfamiliar with certain technical art skills, and provide a direct learning experience for K-12 students in art classrooms. These resources will be made available online for homeschooling parents as well as adults interested in learning skill-based art methods and techniques.

Outreach: The Da Vinci Initiative will send ambassadors to teacher conferences to share with teachers about skill-based learning methods and expose them to lesson plans that will challenge their students in new ways.

Professional Development: The Da Vinci Initiative will provide scholarship funds to teachers to attend courses that will teach them the advanced technical art skills they may not have had an opportunity to learn during their teacher training.

To view the Da Vinci Initiative website, click here.
To donate to the Da Vinci Initiative, click here.
To view more on this and other allied organizations, click here.

Posted May 28th, 2014