Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas
On June 19th, ARC Living Master™ James Gurney was the Artist in Residence at the New York Botanical Gardens. A large plein-air invitational day was held with leading artists like Ricky Mujica, Garin Baker, and others.

The rest of the show will continue to run through September 11, 2016 at the New York Botanical Gardens located off Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road (Exit 7W), New York, NY.

For more information, please visit our events page.

Posted June 22nd, 2016

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
The first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers, Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu, who were active in Paris during the 1630s and 1640s. More than forty of their best paintings highlight their full range of production, with altarpieces, private devotional paintings, portraits, and those poignant images of peasants on which their celebrity rests.
These masterworks come from public and private collections in Europe and North America, with major loans from the Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, as well as museums throughout France.

The exhibition runs from May 22 – September 11, 2016 at the Kimbell Art Museum on 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

For more information, please click here.

Posted June 21st, 2016

ARA Boston 2016 Figure Painting Competition
ARC Approved Atelier™ ARA Boston is happy to announce the 10 participants of their 2016 Boston Figure Painting Competition.

Jennifer Balkan, Julie Beck (ARA representative, not competing), Emanuela De Musis (ARA representative, not competing), Alia El-Bermani, Rose Frantzen, Bruno Galuzzi Corsini, Johanna Harmon, Iliya Mirochnik, and ARC Living Masters™ He Lihuai and Cesar Santos will be competing.

The competition will be held Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 22nd. 10:00 to 6:00 each day. The competition room will be open daily for public viewing from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Award Ceremony and Reception will be held July 23rd from 1pm -4pm at the Boston Guild of Artists. This will be open to the public.

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Posted June 20th, 2016

NEW ARC Approved™Atelier
Located in the Netherlands just 30 minutes from Amsterdam, Classic Art Atelier teaches the methods and techniques that are passed on through the centuries from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century. These techniques show the different expressive forms which have always been in the mainstream of European art. Classic Art Atelier is a small and dynamic school that is dedicated to the training of artists of all ages through a combination of intense observation and high craft skills.

To learn more about Classic Art Atelier, please click here.

Posted June 17th, 2016

12th International ARC Salon Deadline Extended

12th International ARC Salon

Due to a large number of requests for more time and individuals needing last minute technical assistance, the deadline for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition will be extended until the end of the day on June 30. Works submitted after the original deadline will be charged a $5 late fee per entry to acknowledge those artists who were able to finish and submit their works on time. We are very excited to see a lot of amazing new works being submitted to the competition. If you are trying to enter and are having technical difficulties, please contact our webmaster, Iian Neill at


Posted June 16th, 2016

Father’s Day Sale

Take 15% off of all prints in the ARC Store.

All proceeds from the prints are used to provide scholarships for students who study the techniques of the past, thereby acquiring the tools needed to create great Contemporary Realist works. They help us maintain our extensive library of news stories, features, articles, editorials, essays, technical information, ARC Living Masters Gallery™, lists of ARC Approved™ ateliers and schools, and the steadily expanding ARC Museum, with thousands of high quality images of the greatest paintings and sculptures in history.

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Posted June 15th, 2016

Richard Whitney Painting Unveiled
ARC Living Master™ Richard Whitney painted a portrait of Dr. Ricardo Azziz that was recently unveiled at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Azziz was the former President of Georgia Regents University and is CEO of Georgia Regents Health System.

To see more of Richard Whitney’s work, please click here to view his gallery on ARC.

Posted June 13th, 2016

ARC Select – Rehs Gallery Exhibit

Richard Hall
Rehs Contemporary is proud to work side by side with the Art Renewal Center as we present ARC Select; a group exhibition featuring the works of 6 hand-picked artists from ARC’s 11th annual Salon. Our inaugural ARC Select show features a diverse roster of contemporary realist artists who demonstrate superior technical skills, utilizing techniques reminiscent of 19thCentury masters while remaining relevant to contemporary aesthetics. While each artist has their own style, theme and subject, the works showcase their immense talent and the dedication each has to their craft.

Duffy Sheridan
The featured artists include the world renowned Joseph McGurl, known for his masterful plein-air landscapes which exemplify the use of light, while incorporating vigorous attention to detail. Kari Tirrell, a self-taught artist known for her quirky still lives and mesmerizing toy jumbles. Richard Hall, a brilliant visual story-teller whose work incorporates twists of humor and whimsy. The Haitian artist Philippe Attie’s meticulously crafted figure paintings juxtaposed against a playful abstraction. Walter Rane’s investigations of the human form and the relationship with their environment and atmosphere; evoking ephemeral moments of spiritual interactions captured on canvas. Along with Duffy Sheridan, an artist whose tireless exploration has empowered him to reveal and convey the true subtleties of human expression.

Joseph McGurl
The ARC Select Opening Event is scheduled for October 22nd and all of the works will remain on display through November 19th at Rehs Contemporary Galleries located at 5 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. We welcome artists, collectors and enthusiasts alike to join us as we celebrate today’s finest realist artists.
To visit the Rehs Gallery website, please click here.

Posted June 10th, 2016

Domestic Space

Motor Scooter by Jeffrey Larson
ARC Living Master™ Jeffrey Larson is holding an exhibition featuring oil paintings of exquisitely rendered domestic views, figures, and objects. This is the first museum show of Larson’s work in the Northland.

The show takes place at the Tweed Museum of Art – 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 and runs from June 9 – September 18, 2016.

Opening Reception is June 9, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

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Posted June 9th, 2016

Orley Ypon Exhibition
Known for his hyper-realistic painting style, ARC Living Master™ Orley Ypon portrays crowds of cavorting bodies rising from the sea or in a seemingly endless race to nowhere.

The paintings in this show, entitled “Crusaders”, highlight his mastery of the human anatomy and eye for interesting detail. Well-composed and beautifully executed, the works subtly comment on societal ills and concerns of the present.

The exhibition is being held at the BenCab Museum located on Km. 6 Asin Road, Tuba, Metro Bagulo, Philippines and runs from May 28 – June 26, 2016.

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

Posted June 8th, 2016

Han Wu Shen Historic Exhibition

Looking at the Big Dipper
by Han Wu Shen
ARC Living Master™ Han Wu Shen held an exhibition called “Red Guard Movement – 50th Anniversary” which ran from March 22 – April 10, 2016 in Hong Kong. It showed 17 paintings that looked back to the tumultuous events of 1966 when the Red Guard Movement swept across China.

Han Wu Shen was interviewed by Hong Kong’s “Ming Pao Daily News” and “Radio Television Hong Kong”.

Chinese authorities have banned the review and reflection on the Cultural Revolution. His solo exhibition, which was to be displayed in Beijing, was cancelled and held only in Hong Kong. This was perhaps the only exhibition about the Cultural Revolution shown in China.

To read more about this event, please click here.

Posted June 7th, 2016

Studio Incamminati Sponsors Drawing Category

For more than a decade, Studio Incamminati has been a leader in the growing contemporary realist art movement. Founded by the late Nelson Shanks and his wife Leona, it is now recognized nationally and internationally for its rigorous curriculum, accomplished instructors and diverse outreach efforts. An ARC-Approved Atelier, the school is modeled on the traditional Italian academia and French atelier and committed to the belief that mastery of technique is essential to creative expression. Its innovative curriculum fuses classical traditions of the Renaissance era masters, luminous color of the Impressionists and a fresh, contemporary sensibility. Its goal is to offer an affordable education that produces highly skilled artists who call upon their training and abilities to create art with depth of purpose and to give back to their community.

Its artists, faculty and alumni have been featured at prominent venues such as the National Arts Club and Philadelphia’s Comcast Center. The school has received media coverage ranging from art-community thought leaders such as International Artist magazine and Fine Art Collector to mainstream media including The New York Times, CNN and NPR.

Even the school’s name is filled with symbolism. In Italian, “Incamminati” means “moving forward” and invokes the spirit of its namesake studio founded by the Renaissance artist, Annibale Carracci. Studio Incamminati, one of the few schools of its type accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, fulfills its vision in a number of ways. In addition to its core Advanced Fine Art Program, the school offers workshops open to the general public both in Philadelphia and with the In Your Town programs nationwide. Other programs serve school-age artists and art educators. The Integrated Art Studio major, offers the opportunity to earn a liberal-arts degree at Chestnut Hill College while taking studio classes at Studio Incamminati.

To view the prospectus and to enter the 12th annual ARC Salon Competition, click here.

Posted June 6th, 2016

ARC Living Master™ Marina Dieul News
Congratulations to ARC Living Master™, Marina Dieul, who has been featured in the 2016 Summer issue of Where Women Create, a magazine which examines the inspiring work and work spaces of creative and extraordinary women.

To see her gallery on ARC, click here.

Posted June 3rd, 2016

ARC Approved Atelier CAS Student Competitions
The Center for Naturalist and Academic Study, an ARC Approved Atelier, is holding two student competitions.
The 2016 Paint en Plein Air Competition is open to students who may be studying privately with professional artists, attending regular workshops, attending Colleges, Universities, Ateliers or Academies. The purpose is to help students who are just getting started in their studies or just about to transition from the student to professional world. The deadline is June 15, 2016.
For more information, please visit

The CAS is also running their 3rd Annual Summer Scholarship Competition. Four lucky winners will receive a scholarship for free study at the CAS. The competition is open to all skill levels and the deadline is June 15, 2016.

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Posted June 2nd, 2016

New ARC Allied Organization
Oil Painters of America (OPA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art. Their primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition and the appreciation of light.

Through their national and regional shows, educational programs, scholarships and marketing efforts, OPA has become a leader in the art community and a driving force in the new Renaissance.

For more information, please click

To view our list of other ARC Allied Organizations, click here.

Mint Julep by Tina Garrett

Posted June 1st, 2016

MEAM Video from the 11th International ARC Salon
The MEAM has published a video commemorating the exhibit of the ARC Salon and Figurativas Competitions from this past winter. Entries for the current ARC Salon are being accepted from now until June 15th. Once again many of the ARC winners and finalists will be exhibited at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain in the Fall of 2017.
To view the video, click here.

To enter the ARC Salon or to read the prospectus, click here.

Posted May 31st, 2016

ARC Salon Salmagundi Video
We are happy to publish this video of the 11th ARC Salon Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, New York City, produced by ARC Living Master™, Thomas Kegler. Entries for the current ARC Salon are being accepted from now until June 15th. Once again many of the ARC Salon winners and finalists will be exhibited at the Salmagundi Club, NYC in the Spring/Summer of 2017.
To view the video, click here.

To enter the ARC Salon or to read the prospectus, click here.

Posted May 27th, 2016

Sotheby’s 19th Century Art Auction Results

Bois de Boulogne by Jean Beraud
The Sotheby’s New York auction of 19th Century European Art which took place on May 18, 2016, concluded with a strong total of $14.3 million, and the highest percentage of lots sold in this category in over a decade. Property formerly from the Collection of Margaret Thompson Biddle soared past presale estimates and achieved a total of $4.9 million, including Jean Béraud’s Bois de Boulogne, which sold for more than double its high estimate for an impressive sum of $1.8 million.

To see the total results of the auction, please click here.

Posted May 26th, 2016

Reflective Illusions: Depicting Silver and Glass
ARC Associate Living Master™ Jane Jones will be among the artists exhibiting in this invitational national exhibition featuring art displaying mastery of the illusionary properties of glass and silver.

Reflective Illusions: Depicting Silver and Glass will run from April 16 – June 11, 2016 at the Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art – 1801 W. St. Andrews Midland, Michigan.

Ethereal Choir by Jane Jones
To learn more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted May 25th, 2016

ARC Salon in Spanish and Chinese
The Art Renewal Center would like to announce the addition of the ARC Salon entry pages in Spanish and Chinese. We hope this addition will make it easier for artists around the world to enter the ARC Salon. To change the language setting, please choose from the drop down menu for language in the upper right hand corner of the ARC Salon entry pages at The deadline is June 15, 2016.

Posted May 24th, 2016