Julie Bell Interview
ARC Living Master™ Julie Bell was interviewed recently by PoetsArtists Magazine. The article, titled “Crossing Boundaries with Julie Bell”, examines Julie’s success in multiple genres of art and the sources of her inspiration.

To read the full article, please click here.


A Friendly Tussle by Julie Bell

Posted June 16th, 2017

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
During his visit to the United Sates in 1815, Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, put on public view his collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. The works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born.

This exhibition brings together sixty-eight paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of French art of that era held by American museums and tells their stories on a national stage.

The exhibition runs from May 21 – August 20, 2017 at the National Gallery of Art, 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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

Posted June 14th, 2017

Witness: Reality and Imagination in the Prints of Francisco Goya
The prints featured in the exhibition show Goya’s remarkable ability to move between documentary realism and expressive invention. This exhibition also highlights how Goya pushed the limits of printmaking to heighten the expressive effect of his subjects.

The exhibition runs from April 22 – September 6, 2017 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.

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

Posted June 14th, 2017

Botticelli and the Search for the Divine
The exhibition, the largest and most important display of Botticelli’s works in the United States, features 24 paintings.

Sandro Botticelli exemplifies the artistic achievement of Renaissance Florence in the 15th century. This exhibition explores the dramatic changes in the artist’s style and subject matter—from poetic depictions of classical gods and goddesses to austere sacred themes—reflecting the shifting political and religious climate of Florence during his lifetime.

The exhibition takes place from April 5 – July 19, 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.

To learn more, please click here.

Posted June 9th, 2017

Lesson 25 in the Bargue Course Released
The Da Vinci Initiative is proud to introduce a new online Bargue Drawing course titled Charles Bargue in the 21st Century. This course takes you from start to finish in creating a drawing from a 19th century Bargue plate. This week they have released Lesson 25 which continues to provide instruction on rendering the forearm in the Bargue drawing.
Released videos can be accessed for free on the DVI YouTube channel or please visit the DVI Store to purchase the course in entirety with additional footage. 400 & 500 Level Continuing Education Quarter Credits are available for this course through a partnership with The Heritage Institute. The course, Bargue Drawing in the 21st Century Classroom, involves additional online discussions and assignments and is available for $360-$475 plus the cost of the DVI Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing videos. For more information on how to get college credit for this course click here.

Posted June 8th, 2017

Prix de West
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum located on 1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 hosts its annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculpture by some of the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. The show runs from June 9- August 6, 2017.

ARC Living Masters™ Daniel Gerhartz, Morgan Weistling, and Jeremy Lipking will be among the exhibiting artists.

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

Posted June 8th, 2017

Visions of Venus/Venus’ Visions
The upcoming issue of PoetsArtists and the accompanying exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago seeks the work of artists and writers, regardless of gender, in the depiction of the eternal feminine, both as a subject (Venus’s Visions) and as an object (Visions of Venus). Whether the idea is drawn from classical mythology, like Venus, or the ether of cyberspace, all artists are asked to present their best depiction based on this timeless construct. The artwork should fall into the category of figurative realism.
To learn more about this project, please click here.

Posted June 6th, 2017

New ARC Living Artist™

All in a Day’s Work by Sammy Watson
The Art Renewal Center is pleased to welcome Sammy Watson as an ARC Living Artist™.

Sammy Watson has been inspired through the years by artists such as Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis, Frank Covino, Rembrandt, and DaVinci. He strives to reach perfection in his work, yet realizes it will never happen. He, however, continues working to improve his skill with each new piece of work.

To view his gallery on ARC, please click here.

Posted June 2nd, 2017

Svetlana Cameron in London Exhibition
Two portraits by ARC Associate Living Master™ Svetlana Cameron are going on public display at the famous Bankside Gallery in hames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street, London. SE1 9JH from June 6-18, 2017.

The exhibition will also feature works by selected members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art – the only national society in the UK dedicated exclusively to drawing.

To view more about this and other events, please click here.

Posted June 2nd, 2017

Vicki Sullivan News
ARC Associate Living Master™ Vicki Sullivan has been selected as a finalist in the Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale art competition. Her drawing, “Laktisma” will be on display at the Lethbridge Gallery located on 136 Latrobe Terrace, Brisbane City QLD 4064, Australia from June 8 – 18, 2017.

To view more about this and other exhibitions, please click here.

Posted June 2nd, 2017

Studio Incamminati Annual Exhibition
The artists and alumni of Studio Incamminati are holding their annual exhibition and sale featuring more than 30 works of art.

All proceeds benefit the Studio Incamminati scholarship fund, helping the school fulfill its mission of making its education as accessible as possible to all deserving art students regardless of financial means.

The opening night takes place from 6-8:30 pm, June 2. The show runs from June 2 – 28, 2017 at the Avery Galleries, 100 Chetwynd Drive, Bryn Mawr, PA.

For more information, please click here.


Joy by Robin Frey

Posted May 31st, 2017

ARC Salon in Fine Art Connoisseur
Fine Art Connoisseur is featuring the ARC Salon and exhibition in the June 2017 issue of their magazine.

The image featured on the cover, “Kick Kennedy” by Christopher Pugliese, was the winner of the Fine Art Connoisseur Award. The Fine Art Connoisseur Award was chosen by the magazine’s editor, Peter Trippi and publisher, Eric B. Rhoads.

Fine Art Connoisseur serves art collectors and enthusiasts with innovative articles about representational paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints – both historical and contemporary, American and European.

To subscribe to the magazine or order this issue, please click here.

Posted May 26th, 2017

ARC Atelier Day
The Da Vinci Initiative along with the Art Renewal Center hosted its first ever Atelier Art Education Day on May 19, 2017 at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

This event included free entrance to the Art Renewal Center Salon exhibit that features 83 works of contemporary realism. There were free portfolio reviews from world class atelier schools, including the Florence Academy of Art, Ani Academies, Grand Central Atelier, NYK Academy and Studio Incamminati. There were also two artist demonstrations occurring throughout the day by ARC Living Master and ARC Salon Judge, Dan Thompson, representing Studio Incamminati and Cornelia Hernes, second place drawing category winner, representing the Florence Academy of Art. Eager students enjoyed the opportunity to see world class artists drawing and painting during the demonstrations. Additionally, many high school students held engaging conversations with the atelier schools conducting the portfolio reviews throughout the day and are eager to have atelier training fit into their future educational plans. Students also received a guided tour of the ARC Salon Exhibition by Dr. Vern Swanson, and a tour of the Salmagundi Club by the clubs Chairman, Tim Newton.

The participating art educators were equally enthused, with several of them already expressing interest in bringing their student groups back for the next event.

The Da Vinci Initiative is fundraising to attend additional state educational conferences this fall. Attending state conferences allows DVI to provide professional development workshops to public school teachers in atelier training techniques and to spread general awareness about visual literacy and skill-based training in the visual arts. Make your donation today by visiting the Da Vinci Initiative donation page.

Posted May 26th, 2017

Self Portrait at Eleventh Street Arts
This exhibition celebrates the unique visions of 27 contemporary realists from around the world. The exhibited works display a cross-section of styles, many representing the world’s foremost art academies including the ARC Approved™ Grand Central Atelier, The Lyme Academy, and The Florence Academy of Art.

The exhibition runs from April 20 – June 20, 2017 at Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101.

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

Posted May 26th, 2017

Lesson 24 in the DVI Bargue Course Released
The Da Vinci Initiative is proud to introduce a new online Bargue Drawing course titled Charles Bargue in the 21st Century. This course takes you from start to finish in creating a drawing from a 19th century Bargue plate. This week they have released Lesson 24 on rendering the forearm in the Bargue drawing.
Released videos can be accessed for free on the DVI YouTube channel or please visit the DVI Store to purchase the course in entirety with additional footage. 400 & 500 Level Continuing Education Quarter Credits are available for this course through a partnership with The Heritage Institute. The course, Bargue Drawing in the 21st Century Classroom, involves additional online discussions and assignments and is available for $360-$475 plus the cost of the DVI Introduction to Advanced Observational Drawing videos. For more information on how to get college credit for this course click here.

Posted May 25th, 2017

ARC Living Master Lihaui He News
ARC Living Master™ He Lihaui has recently won an award of excellence from the Portrait Society of America. He will also be exhibiting work in an international art exhibition titled “Personal Structures- Open Borders” at the European Cultural Center in two of its prestigious Palazzo’s in the center of Venice -Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora- and the Giardini Marinaressa from May 13 – November 26, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Posted May 25th, 2017

ARC Salon Review in Huffpost
Brandon Kralik has written a review of the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition in the Huffington Post titled “Telling Stories, the ARC Salon Exhibition 2017″.
“In this exhibition of professionals, skilled and experienced painters are telling us stories in the visual language that we have inherited, rather struggled to preserve, and there is great pleasure to be found amongst these treasures. The Art Renewal Center’s, 12th International Salon is one of the most prestigious exhibitions of Post Contemporary painting and sculpture in the world.”

To read the full article, please click here.


5th Circle by Robert Liberace
First Place Imaginative Realism Winner
12th International ARC Salon

Posted May 22nd, 2017

European Art at Sotheby’s New York

Petite Bergere by William Bouguereau
The preview for Sotheby’s May 24, 2017 New York auction of European Art is open today, May 20 and runs through Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

This is an incredible opportunity to view seldom seen masterpieces by artists such as Bouguereau, Alma-Tadema, Gérôme, Sir Alfred Munnings and Jean Béraud before they disappear into private collections.

Sotheby’s is located on 1334 York Avenue, New York 10021.

For more information, please click here.

Posted May 20th, 2017

New ARC Associate Living Master™
ARC is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Barden as our newest ARC Associate Living Master™!

Elizabeth Barden is a fine artist with an established studio practice. Her work is in several collections including the permanent collection of the Australian National Portrait Gallery, in Canberra.

To view her gallery on ARC, please click here.


Dayle Jordan by Elizabeth Barden

Posted May 18th, 2017

ARC Salon Reviewed on PoetsArtists

The Whale Watcher by Duffy Sheridan
The 12th International Live ARC Salon was recently reviewed in an article by Victoria Selbach on the PoetsArtists website.

“It’s quite an ambitious undertaking to distill 3100 open call submissions into an exhibition of 82 works when juggling multiple categories through multiple jurors. Not an easy recipe for a discerning point of view. As you walk through the exhibition you can feel the tug and pull of realisms varied clans, academies, philosophies and the occasional arm wrestling with ghosts of painters past.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted May 18th, 2017